The Best Way to Store RV Batteries

The Best Way to Store RV Batteries
Keeping your RV battery or batteries in top operating condition not only makes the next trip easier, it also helps save the substantial monetary outlay you have in equipment.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Gloves
  • Wire Brush
  • Warm Water/Baking Soda
  • Battery Tester
  • Battery Charger
Step 1
With your gloves on, disconnect the battery and remove the battery from your RV. Always disconnect the negative pole first.
Step 2
Keeping your gloves on, wash the battery with a mixture of water and baking soda. Use a wire brush to scrub the terminals well.
Step 3
Dry the battery. After it is dry place it in a ventilated storage area. Storing it someplace where it won't get below freezing will make it much easier to store.
Step 4
Check the charge on the battery monthly with a battery load tester. When the battery is in storage don't let the charge drop below 80 percent. If it drops lower than that follow the directions on your charger and bring it back up to strength.

Tips & Warnings

 
Store the battery off cement. It can be placed on some wood to keep it above cement. This can help keep it from draining while it is in storage.
 
Fully charge the battery before storage.
 
Batteries contain highly corrosive acids. Make sure to wear gloves while handling.

Article Written By Andy McVeigh

Andy McVeigh lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys paddling, biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, scuba diving and photography. McVeigh is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and is currently working on his MBA.

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