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Old 05-07-2008, 06:38 AM   #1
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SAFETY NOTE: Make sure there is no power to connections so you don't get shocked. Turn off all electrical supply - all electrical current/voltage to coach. Have Generator unit turned off and set up so it will not auto start when performing this maintenance step.

Have been rv'ing for years, and worked around high voltage electricity so learned a few things about corrosion. Many of you know this so it's just old news, for some it might help. If you go to Eoff or Platt electric outlets, you should be able to order a can of a product called NO-OX-ID. I use the over 600V kind, but it really does not matter the lower voltage stuff works as well. This stuff is like brown Vaseline, but has anti-corrosive additives in it to prevent corrosion building up on terminals. I then rub a light coating on every exposed electrical connection I can reach. These are outside the coach/RV, batteries, and connections with spade, ring or any type of connector. It's good for any 12V or 110 V connections. This also protects the connection from corrosion from creeping up the wire, which is especially true of battery connections, either coach or starting. I promise you this will work great; it just takes time and some common sense. I do it to my cars, boats and past RV's, and will do it to my New Apex when we get it. Start at the batteries and work out. You can also coat all the light bulbs bases with a little of it and they wont corrode or stick in the sockets when it comes time to change them, as especially true with standard base light bulbs' since now the base is made with aluminum and it galls after corrosion sets in. Keep in mind our coaches are in many different climates, this procedure will keep those connections like new. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-07-2008, 06:38 AM   #2
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Hello All,

SAFETY NOTE: Make sure there is no power to connections so you don't get shocked. Turn off all electrical supply - all electrical current/voltage to coach. Have Generator unit turned off and set up so it will not auto start when performing this maintenance step.

Have been rv'ing for years, and worked around high voltage electricity so learned a few things about corrosion. Many of you know this so it's just old news, for some it might help. If you go to Eoff or Platt electric outlets, you should be able to order a can of a product called NO-OX-ID. I use the over 600V kind, but it really does not matter the lower voltage stuff works as well. This stuff is like brown Vaseline, but has anti-corrosive additives in it to prevent corrosion building up on terminals. I then rub a light coating on every exposed electrical connection I can reach. These are outside the coach/RV, batteries, and connections with spade, ring or any type of connector. It's good for any 12V or 110 V connections. This also protects the connection from corrosion from creeping up the wire, which is especially true of battery connections, either coach or starting. I promise you this will work great; it just takes time and some common sense. I do it to my cars, boats and past RV's, and will do it to my New Apex when we get it. Start at the batteries and work out. You can also coat all the light bulbs bases with a little of it and they wont corrode or stick in the sockets when it comes time to change them, as especially true with standard base light bulbs' since now the base is made with aluminum and it galls after corrosion sets in. Keep in mind our coaches are in many different climates, this procedure will keep those connections like new. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:26 PM   #3
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I just spent a day cleaning up my battery compartment. i used Permatex's Battery cleaner, spray it on, let it sit for 3 minutes, then rinse off. The next day, to let it dry, I sprayed on Permatex's Battery terminal conditioner, I coated everything I could see. Both are available in Auto Parts Stores at a reasonable price. We will see how it holds up.
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