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Old 02-25-2019, 07:57 PM   #1
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Procedure for cleaning House Batteries

I've read many post on cleaning batteries much I knew already having a travel trailer and a 5th wheel in the past where I can easily remove the batteries.



Now that I have a Jayco Seneca I've read past post that said to wash the batteries while still in the tray. My question is, should the power coming and going from the batteries be shut off. Disconnection from AC power as well as turning off the 12v disconnect switch. Spraying water on the batteries with the cables all connected won't this short something out? All past post never go into this detail. My batteries are very cleaned because I sprayed them with CRC battery protector within 2 months of purchasing the Seneca. Just the batteries them selves are dusty and a little dirty and washing them with warm water would be great.


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Which year and model do you have? We just sold our '08 35GS.
Recommend removing the negative cable before any excessive "washing".
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Just hose them down if open on the bottom. No shocks or shorts on 12 volts.

Otherwise use a stiff, non metalic, brush and some water.

Pulling the power cord would make sense, as a safety step, just in case there is a 120 volt undetected fault.
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A water baking soda mix will neutralize any acid forming on or around the batteries. This way you are not washing acid down into the battery box.
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A water baking soda mix will neutralize any acid forming on or around the batteries. This way you are not washing acid down into the battery box.
Thats what I do.
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Which year and model do you have? We just sold our '08 35GS.
Recommend removing the negative cable before any excessive "washing".

Hi Winniview.
We have a 2017 37TS and I had the transmission reprogrammed to performance mode. Not sure if this was discussed on this site but most definitely on the Jayco site. for 2017 they did away with the overdrive switch and the Tranny was programed for economy mode. Many owners had this done either by an Allison dealer or an Allison auth dealer.
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WOW fast response.
Thanks all, great forum!!!!
Yea I may just pull all the ground off the batteries. I did read somewhere else that 12v is nothing to worry about. But electricity is electricity and water is water.
Thanks again all much appreciated!!!
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