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Old 05-31-2020, 07:56 PM   #1
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Your Favorite RV "Hack"

What's the secret you figured out that made RV life/trips more enjoyable?

It could be anything from planning to set-up to meal prep to keeping good terms with neighbors. Maybe you figured out how to dump without feeling like you need a shower afterward.

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My favorite hack was finding out that by adding 2 oz of mineral oil to the top of the electrolyte in each cell of a flooded cell battery, that I could both extend the life and vastly reduce the amount of time and money needed to maintain the batteries. No more anti-corrosion sprays or terminal pads, no more washing the batteries and trays with a baking soda solution, no need for a keep filled water system, and on and on.

With a good multi-stage converter/charger like I have now (that came with the RV), I've gone 28 months now without having to clean off any corrosion, only had to add water once. I bought this RV in '16 the batteries shortly after, and added the mineral oil in '18.

It's just very nice being able to pretty much ignore the batteries. Virtually no work compared to my previous Class A when I didn't know about adding the oil.
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My favorite hack was finding out that by adding 2 oz of mineral oil to the top of the electrolyte in each cell of a flooded cell battery, that I could both extend the life and vastly reduce the amount of time and money needed to maintain the batteries. No more anti-corrosion sprays or terminal pads, no more washing the batteries and trays with a baking soda solution, no need for a keep filled water system, and on and on.

With a good multi-stage converter/charger like I have now (that came with the RV), I've gone 28 months now without having to clean off any corrosion, only had to add water once. I bought this RV in '16 the batteries shortly after, and added the mineral oil in '18.

It's just very nice being able to pretty much ignore the batteries. Virtually no work compared to my previous Class A when I didn't know about adding the oil.


I too use the mineral oil trick. And, as you, are very happy with the results. But still have to add water every couple of months (full timing). Might still get automatic water system as agm’s are pretty expensive.
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Shovel

First off... Love the mineral oil tip... Just spent an hour reading every post I could find about it... May have just saved me $250 on the Pro-Fill system.

My hack... Carry a good shovel! I see folks on here all the time asking about having a tire off the ground when they level their MH. I think most know this is a bad idea and they often advise to have planks to drive up on. I do carry those planks, but many times I have found it more productive to dig a quick 3-4" deep divot to drop the higher tire into and then level the unit. This is obviously dependent on the campground as some will have rules against this.
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. I do carry those planks, but many times I have found it more productive to dig a quick 3-4" deep divot to drop the higher tire into and then level the unit. This is obviously dependent on the campground as some will have rules against this.
This is truly a terrible idea. In a developed campsite, you generally aren’t allowed to do this. In a boondocking site, this will inevitably cause erosion and low spots making everything worse for the next guy. You just can’t fill a divot in such a way that it is the same consistency as the surrounding soil. The axiom “Leave no trace” applies to RVers too.
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I added a nice bright LED light in the stairwell.

It is hooked to the step controller, so whenever the door is opened, I have lots of light to see the steps and find the light switch.

If for some reason the door is left open, the light is on a timer and it shuts off after around 2 minutes.

Happy Glamping.
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I too use the mineral oil trick. And, as you, are very happy with the results. But still have to add water every couple of months (full timing). Might still get automatic water system as agm’s are pretty expensive.
This would bother me. Shouldn't have to to add water every couple of months. Should be 6 or 12 months. Some of that depends on how hot it is but it suggests that your converter is bad or it's the old style where it didn't throttle back on charging as the battery reached 13.8 volts. Today's chargers are 'multi-stage'. Also, if you really have AGM's? Most newer converters have a setting for them so they're not overcharged. If you don't have that, you have the wrong charger. I think.


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Hah! Good one.
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My hack... Carry a good shovel! I see folks on here all the time asking about having a tire off the ground when they level their MH. I think most know this is a bad idea and they often advise to have planks to drive up on. I do carry those planks, but many times I have found it more productive to dig a quick 3-4" deep divot to drop the higher tire into and then level the unit. This is obviously dependent on the campground as some will have rules against this.
Very bad idea. You're ruining the campsite. Be a responsible RVers. Use your planks or get another site or another campground!!!
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Very bad idea. You're ruining the campsite. Be a responsible RVers. Use your planks or get another site or another campground!!!
Your not ruining it, if its that off level.

Your fixing it.
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Never heard of using mineral oil, but my dad uses therm oil. Infact, I need to get some....
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I added a nice bright LED light in the stairwell.



It is hooked to the step controller, so whenever the door is opened, I have lots of light to see the steps and find the light switch.



If for some reason the door is left open, the light is on a timer and it shuts off after around 2 minutes.



Happy Glamping.


Please provide parts list and wiring instructions. Thank you.
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