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Old 08-10-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Battery acid versus distilled water

Need to refill my coach batteries. What is recommended to use? Distilled water or acid.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:30 PM   #3
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H20... never acid
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Distilled water.

.......and unless an emergency, only distilled water. I keep a bottle of distilled water in a storage bin.
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I guess you know by now but Distilled Water
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:42 PM   #6
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Battery acid boils at 338*C, distilled water boils at 100*C, when your batteries are low on liquid, the water has simply boiled away. Just add water and your concentration is back to normal. Using hard instead of distilled water allows the impurities to cycle up and eventually give you a lot more grief than saving a few pennies on water was ever worth.
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.......and unless an emergency, only distilled water. I keep a bottle of distilled water in a storage bin.
+1 on carrying some DW in storage. This summer while dry camping for a week, two nights in a row I used inverter for fan, next morning I needed to bust to start generator. I thought I had major problem, but for starter in troubleshooting I checked batteries noticing they were slightly low on water. It had not been long since I had added water and I certainly did not think this slight lack of water would be a fix nevertheless I had someone going to store to pickup some dist water for me then added to batteries. Probably ran inverter for four more nights with never a problem. Also put refrig on gas at night just in case there was a draw through inverter (don't think so but I am not sure). Anyway, from that experience I feel it is a good idea to have the extra DW on hand.
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menoble already hit the nail on the head, so "what he said".

They make a rubber bulb designed for filling batteries, it looks like turkey baster with a huge bulb but skinny tube. It's great for topping off batteries, usually available from automotive parts stores such as NAPA. Be sure to rinse it well as any residual acid on it can cause problems with whatever it comes in contact with.
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+1 on carrying some DW in storage. Anyway, from that experience I feel it is a good idea to have the extra DW on hand.
Sometimes I'd like to carry the DW in the storage area....

and yah never know an extra DW might be nice too...

Oops he meant Distilled Water
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Sometimes I'd like to carry the DW in the storage area....

and yah never know an extra DW might be nice too...
I like the idea of DW in a storage bay too. But you must be a sadist to want two DWs
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Always keep distilled water in battery compartment. My rig has a remote auto fill. The setup makes topping off batteries a snap. Best thing since sliced bread.
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Sometimes I'd like to carry the DW in the storage area....

and yah never know an extra DW might be nice too...

Oops he meant Distilled Water
I better watch my abbreviating before I getin trouble. ha Clyon, if two DWs, I might need to get in storage area.
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