When you’re boondocking in the wide open spaces with no street lights or other rigs around, having an outside light is crucial and expected all night long. Move your RV to a park or campground, though, and having a porch light on all night long can really annoy the neighbors. Your outdoor lights may make…Watch Now >>
If you want to compare the benefits of LED and incandescent bulbs, this is the video to watch. You’ll find out why LED lights draw less from your battery while providing the same amount – or even more — light than the old incandescent ones. This video takes you step-by-step to quantify the amp draw…Watch Now >>
RV batteries, which run the interior lights, refrigerator, computer, and any other electrical appliance you have installed, are built to last 5-7 years, ideally. Manufacturers recommend that you remove the batteries every month and have them conditioned by a professional. This conditioning breaks up the sulfur solids and other contaminants, churning the liquid inside the…Watch Now >>
Your RV batteries have two jobs: The automotive battery to start and run the RV engine when you’re on the road, and the Deep Cycle house batteries to run the lights and appliances when you’re using your RV as a home instead of as a vehicle. In both cases, it’s clear just how important the batteries are to your RV life enjoyment. Keep up with RV battery maintenance is the simplest way to make sure you have power to make your coffee every morning, while still being able to start the motor and get you on the road when it’s time to move on.
Like many maintenance jobs, RV battery maintenance may seem like a thankless job that really isn’t needed as often as recommended, but this is one case where you get what you pay for, so to speak. Batteries terminals and connections can corrode in a matter of weeks, and a corroded connection reduces the recharging capabilities of your batteries. When batteries sit in an uncharged state they will not only provide less power, they begin to sulfate. Sulfation is the number one killer of RV batteries.
In this video, you’ll learn the simple techniques for doing a basic RV battery maintenance session. You’ll see how to remove loose corrosion powder from the outside of the battery, and what corroded posts look like when they need care. Find out what comes in a battery maintenance kit and why you need to have every item in there. You’ll see safety tips on the correct way to remove and attach battery cables, as well as hints on preventing damage from battery acid splashes. From visual inspections to using battery post protector, you’ll learn all the steps to RV battery maintenance here.Watch Now >>
Which type of light bulb do you choose when you need to replace a burned-out incandescent bulb in your RV? Older RVs had energy consuming incandescent bulbs while newer coaches have gone to halogens. Should one simply replace the bulb with the same type or upgrade to the new LED technology? And are all RV…Watch Now >>
Every RV unit has a distribution panel, which is what routes electrical power throughout the unit and includes most of the unit’s circuit breakers and fuses. The RV distribution panel can supply both 120-volt power and 12-volt battery power. Older RV distribution panel models have the distribution center and converter all in one single unit.…Watch Now >>
The typical RV will be equipped with a 30-amp RV distribution panel that has 120 volts coming into the unit. Power comes in into the RV distribution panel via the power cord or “shoreline” cord from an outside electrical supply or onboard generator. The 120-volt AC appliances are protected by residential style circuit breakers. The…Watch Now >>
It is important to have a full understanding of how different RV electrical systems operate, including the different outside electrical sources available at campgrounds. With the installation of more residential appliances, RV electrical systems need power to keep everything running smoothly. 50-amp power cords may be needed to meet the demand of RV electrical systems…Watch Now >>
A 5th wheel has its RV service center on the driver side, non-curb side, of the unit. This is where you can connect your unit up to city water, disconnect the house batteries, and fill your unit’s fresh water tanks. The RV service center has a city water connection that you can attach a hose…Watch Now >>