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Old 04-22-2014, 07:47 AM   #15
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I have been using mineral oil, for about two years now, with only good results. No more battery acid fumes in my battery box area. I also have a watering system that I use. It is not "automatic" though. I have to remember to go to the batteries every so often, with a bottle of distilled water, put the siphoning tube in it and squeeze the bulb, until the cells are full. Otherwise, the batteries might run dry of water.
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I don't have the automatic fill system, but I just bought one of the fill containers that you put in the hole, press down, and it automatically shuts off when the battery is full. Some of my batteries are hard to see in the check the water level. I think this gizmo will solve my problem!
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:10 AM   #17
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There is no chance me and my coach will see -77 F, alive anyway.
My point exactly. Putting mineral oil into a battery could subject it to damage because the mineral oil could freeze at temperatures easily obtainable, but the sulfuric acid should not freeze.
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My point exactly. Putting mineral oil into a battery could subject it to damage because the mineral oil could freeze at temperatures easily obtainable, but the sulfuric acid should not freeze.

I'm all for mineral oil but in reality, if it even gets close to -33, I'm outa here. The batteries may have to fend for themselves.


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Batteries will freeze if they loose their charge during a long winters nap, or if you have a parasitic drain and you forgot to hit the disconnect.
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I own a 2004 travel supreme select. there are 8 house batteries i replaced 2. now that i have the batteries hooked up I the voltage meter is reading 11.0 what should it read?? I thought it should read 12.5 Help!! we have two inverters and were plugged into a shore line from the house. But it seems like the batteries are not charging.. Help !.. Please!
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No oil will freeze. Different oils have different specific gravity's, and poor points, but it never freezes. Mineral oil works great for this application.
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Mineral oil, (which I do not use), freezes at -22F, (-30C).

BTW, if the charge settings on the inverter/charger are correct, (and if you practice good electrical management), batteries can/will last a very long time..... (my first set of 4 12V deep cycle house batteries lasted 11 years, the 2nd set is 7 years old).

I check the electrolyte level every 3 months and find that I need to add distilled water only every 6-9 months.

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I'm sorry , I forgot to mention the batteries are a 6volt set up
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I own a 2004 travel supreme select. there are 8 house batteries i replaced 2. now that i have the batteries hooked up I the voltage meter is reading 11.0 what should it read??
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I'm sorry , I forgot to mention the batteries are a 6volt set up
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I believe that EACH individual fully charged 6V deep cycle battery should produce an output voltage of 6.3 volts, (after they are disconnected from a charger and the surface charge has dissipated)

Here's a link to some good battery info: How Lead Acid Batteries Work: Battery Basics from Progressive Dynamics

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