Is AGM or lithium in your RV battery future?

By Greg Illes If you thought you knew a lot about batteries, be prepared to go back to school in the near future: The world is changing. Once upon a time, RV batteries came from familiar factory names such as Lifeline, Trojan, Interstate, and the like. They were 12V, or better yet 6V “golf cart” styles, made with 19th-century lead-acid... Read More

Why a voltmeter will help you to be a happy camper

By Greg Illes There’s a lot of confusion out there about batteries, not the least of which is how to tell if your batteries are properly charged or not. Pretty much the only handy, inexpensive way to do this is with a (good) voltmeter. Let’s make sure we have the basics down pat: A fully charged battery will measure approximately... Read More

Extend your batteries’ life with proper care

By Greg Illes Battery capacity is a common topic among RVers, with much discussion of LED lighting and various power-saving techniques. But less understood is the specter of battery life itself: Batteries “die,” which typically means they won’t hold a charge or deliver rated capacity. When this happens, the checkbook comes out and the price tag can be startling. Even... Read More

Dry camping? Use smarts when charging your RV batteries

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Some RVers rarely stray from an RV park and that’s a real shame. There’s a lot of beauty that can be reached only when “dry camping” or boondocking. If you’re new to the idea of RVing without hookups, this is a good reminder regarding battery life. RV batteries take a LONG time to charge,... Read More

Taking care of batteries, high-tech style

By Greg Illes Sometimes batteries seem ridiculously simple — we tend to see them as either working or dead. But there is way more than meets the eye in this 2,000-year-old technology. RV batteries are made with lead plates interleaved with lead-dioxide plates. The plates are immersed in sulfuric acid, and the electrochemical reaction creates the battery effect. The whole... Read More

Use an inexpensive inverter to minimize generator runs

by Greg Illes Not very many of us like the sound of a generator — it’s regarded by most as a necessary evil. In some areas, there are significant restrictions on generator-use times. Add to this the need to “warm up” a generator before you put a real load on it, and running a generator becomes even more annoying. But... Read More