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Old 09-16-2014, 09:23 AM   #1
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Changing out old batteries

Hi there! Am changing out 4 6volt batteries on my Holiday Rambler today, anything I have to be aware of besides closing the battery shutoff. I will mark all the terminals so as not to get them mixed up.
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Just take a picture, then if memory fails you have the manual, a visual. Also depending how clean.n you battery box is maybe cleaning material and paint.

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Changing out old batteries

Use baking soda and water to neutralize any acid residue.....let sit then flush with water.

Use wire brush to clean terminals and cable clamps until shiny.

Don't wear watch or rings....that way you don't accidentally short against touching anything metallic and burn yourself.

Wear protective eyewear.
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Great advice, forgot about the eye glasses!
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Use baking soda and water to neutralize any acid residue.....let sit then flush with water.

Use wire brush to clean terminals and cable clamps until shiny.

Don't wear watch or rings....that way you don't accidentally short against touching anything metallic and burn yourself.

Wear protective eyewear.
Always remove the Negative Cables first then the Positive. When installing the new batteries, connect the Positive first and then the Negative.
That way if you do happen to touch the wrench to ground, you won't get a big spark.
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The biggest things are covered..

All battery changes, Mark all cables first,, I like to use paint markers but tape and tag work

Photograph

Remove Negative cable first

Wear protective gear

Clean compartment

This is the one far too many people forget

GET THE PROPER REPLACEMENT BATTERY

I can not tell you the number of threads here and in other forums where someoen replaced six volt batteries with 12's hooking them up the same way and causing damage.. OR conversely replaced 12's with sixes still hooking them up the wrong way so nothing worked.

AND IN AT LEAST ONE SUCH THREAD.. It was a DEALER that did the swap.. and yes, they screwed it up.
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What I am now doing on my vehicles with a metal battery trays, is I clean & sand the tray and spray on a couple of coats of bed liner. This has helped slow down the corrosion from the batteries. Besides doing everything else listed.
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Plastic Battery Boxes

Try to use plastic battery boxes, if feasible.

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Thanks guys, I did the swap over yesterday and no problems. I purchased Sams Club Duracell 6volt batteries which worked out fine. I am debating if I should install the Amp-L-Start to charge the chassis battery while driving? Any ideas?
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Thanks guys, I did the swap over yesterday and no problems. I purchased Sams Club Duracell 6volt batteries which worked out fine. I am debating if I should install the Amp-L-Start to charge the chassis battery while driving? Any ideas?

Your coach should already charge chassis battery from alternator while driving.

Amp-L-Start is used normally to charge chassis batteries while house batteries are also receiving a charge ( large solar bank, generator, or connected to shorepower)

I guess it could be connected in reverse to send some of the alternator current to the house batteries while driving.....however usually this is accomplished by means of a solenoid, or battery isolator (using diodes)


Which do you mean?
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The chassis battery is charged when I am driving as well as the house batteries. However, when I have the generator on engine off, or plugged in to shore power the charger will only put a charge in the house batteries not the chassis batteries. From what I understand Amp-L-Start will allow the chassis batteries to be charged while on shore/Gen power.
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Just reread my original post and I explained it wrong. Not while I am driving but when on shore/gen power.
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I am debating if I should install the Amp-L-Start

If debating.....what is the alternative ? You can buy a 110volt trickle charger like "Battery Tender" to charge the chassis batteries.....however these types of chargers are good, but are only 1.5 amps. They also cost $40 - $60

The cheaper Trik-L-Start charges with 5 amps, and the bigger Amp-L-Start charges at up to 15 amps.

I would definitely go with one of the xxx-L-Start units.....can't really go wrong with either one.
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The AMP-L-Start is a great device. It will output UP TO 15 amps whereas its little sister, the Trik-L-Start will only output UP TO 5 amps.

Both are good, better than anything needing to be plugged into 120 VAC and a lot cheaper than the Xantrex Echo Charger.

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