RV Battery Types: An Overview of Your Options

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Based on the amount of boondocking you do and the types of appliances you utilize on your RV, there’s a certain type of RV battery that’s optimal for your needs. While some RVers spend little time at their campsite and rely upon only minimally power-thirsty appliances, others require heavy duty batteries that they can hook up and forget about until they’re back home.

Thus, in this lesson RVing expert Dave Solberg talks about the various RV battery types you can purchase for your home away from home. He first explains which option you might opt for if you don’t mind regular maintenance and need only a small amount of juice, then talks about the upscale choice geared toward those who prefer minimal upkeep and have spare change to spend on something that will go the distance. Whatever your power needs, Dave can help you find the one that’s best suited for your specific needs!

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5 Responses to “RV Battery Types: An Overview of Your Options”
    • wayne.sellers

      I also have Lithium (DragonFly DF10012) and would be interested in your thoughts on these batteries.

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      • Customer Service

        Hello Wayne,

        I am not familiar with the Dragon Fly brand of batteries and most major brand of RV manufacturers are not offering them. Lithium Ion batteries are probably the future of batteries, however they are very expensive and only needed if you do a lot of dry camping. If you properly charge your lead acid batteries with a multistage charge, they will perform well for most applications at a fraction of the cost. However most converters do not have the multistage and therefore they sulfate and lose energy storage capabilities and get blamed for being bad batteries.

        Thanks,

        David
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    • Customer Service

      Hello Jose,

      Thanks for this wonderful question!  This is a big misconception in the industry that just going to AGM gives you more power.  This is not true as both batteries will be connected in series (positive to negative) which give you a 12-volt battery bank.  Both lead acid and absorbed glass mat (AGM) are sold in the exact same amp hour ratings or groups such as group 24, 27 etc.  However the AGM is superior as it requires less maintenance and is not prone to as much sulfation so it hold more capacity.  Lead acid batteries require a monthly multistage charging which most RV charging systems do not have so they start to sulfate and have less storage capacity.  If you have an inverter with a multistage charger or the Battery Minder, the lead acid will perform as well.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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