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Old 03-04-2017, 04:37 PM   #1
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Basic Battery Question

Hi, this is my second post. My girlfriend and I have owned our RV for all of two days and we are overwhelmed with questions about pretty much every aspect. We haven't yet spent the night in the thing but are going to in a few days, to start learning the ropes.

Meantime, I have a question about the battery. RV batteries in general seems to be a complex subject, where you often get many different (sometimes contradictory) answers to a given question. Hopefully this one's pretty simple.

What's the best way to test the state of the house batteries? Can we just use the indicator panel that's mounted on the wall? Or should I buy and use a multimeter and read from the battery directly? Or something in between?

Thanks!
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Multimeter, or install digital meter in a convenient spot so u always know.
Lost of issues are solved if u keep batteries at full charge.
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Hi, this is my second post. My girlfriend and I have owned our RV for all of two days and we are overwhelmed with questions about pretty much every aspect. We haven't yet spent the night in the thing but are going to in a few days, to start learning the ropes.

Meantime, I have a question about the battery. RV batteries in general seems to be a complex subject, where you often get many different (sometimes contradictory) answers to a given question. Hopefully this one's pretty simple.

What's the best way to test the state of the house batteries? Can we just use the indicator panel that's mounted on the wall? Or should I buy and use a multimeter and read from the battery directly? Or something in between?

Thanks!
Best, most accurate test of any acid battery is the hydrometer.
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A little bedtime reading that will help you a lot as you move forward.

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)

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The 12 volt side of life is a great overview of the 12 volt RV electrical system.
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