Do you miss the smooth purring sound your RV engine used to make when you switched it on? An aging/malfunctioning battery can make your RV ride frustrating with consistent engine ignition problems. Ignoring these problems would turn our ‘funV’ into a box of disappointment; taking too much time to start, dying in the middle of your trip leaving you stranded. That is certainly the most inconvenient and unsafe way to travel. And you cannot have that, especially when you are thinking about selling the RV. Your potential buyers would surely notice these problems and the deals you are looking for would be gone forever. The only way to handle these issues is maintaining the batteries properly. How? Well, here are a few suggestions that can get you started.
Charging the Battery
It could be aging, over usage or lack of usage that pushed your battery to the breaking point. However, proper maintenance can work wonders to prevent repairing or replacing the battery. Charge your battery when its charge drops to 80 percent or more. If you do not, a chemical reaction known as sulfation will occur, degrading the battery performance. You should also check and reduce the discharge depth of your battery. And make sure it has more than at least 10.5 volts while discharging. Make it a habit to recharge your battery every few days even if it is in the garage, to stop it from discharging automatically.
Look for Parasitic Loads
Appliances like LP-gas leak detectors, clocks, and stereos siphon power from your battery thus leading it to discharge even when the RV is not in use. You can tackle this problem by using the battery disconnect switch. When your RV is not in use, shut down the power supply from the battery to prevent it from discharging automatically.
Keep the Battery Performance in Check
Checking your RV battery for performance will give you clues about whether you need a better maintenance plan or if it is time to replace the old fellow. You can use a multimeter to check the performance level. Hook it up with the battery and check the readings after charging the battery. If it shows around or over 12 volts (engine off), and 13.8 to 14.5 volts (with engine on) then it is working fine. Also, check if your battery is showing a pattern of losing all the charge overnight (from being fully charged). That could indicate you need a new battery for the RV.
Boosting up the RV resale price is not simple, with so many sellers out there. But, remember that your buyers are looking for a well-maintained RV to start their trip right away. Keeping your battery in check can win you huge points in this regard.