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Old 09-20-2005, 06:18 AM   #1
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i have been checking the rv batteries every 4-6 weeks for over 4 years and each time have to add a little water..one battery gave out 6 months ago and i am running on 1 now..i was thinking of replacing them with maintainance free ones to eliminate this chore..but have never seen this discussed as a solution..is there any problem with this? thanks..jim
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i have been checking the rv batteries every 4-6 weeks for over 4 years and each time have to add a little water..one battery gave out 6 months ago and i am running on 1 now..i was thinking of replacing them with maintainance free ones to eliminate this chore..but have never seen this discussed as a solution..is there any problem with this? thanks..jim
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'Maintenance free' may actually mean 'low maintenance' which means you still have to check/add water occasionally, and it is usually much harder to do so. Or it may mean a different technology (such as AGM perhaps?) which is usually more expensive.

Usually low water is the result of the water being converted to gasses and leaking out of the caps. Several years ago they had special caps which captured the gasses and returned the water to the battery cels. Don't know if they still have these, or whether they would be appropriate for RV use (I saw them when researching a solar system for a house).

Another option may be an 'auto-filler' which allows you to just drop a hose into a jug of distilled water and squeeze a bulb until it becomes rigid, automatically filling all cels to the correct level. They have units which claim to do this at Camping World.
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Jim, here are some links that I recommend for battery info:
http://www.dcbattery.com/faq.html#1
http://www.usbattery.com/care.htm
http://www.windsun.com/Batteries/Bat...ery%20Charging

The type of battery you may want will depend on how much you depend on them. If always plugged into shore power or running the genset you can live with lead acid. If however you always boondock you may want to check into AGM technology.
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