Your RV’s 12-Volt Power
Knowing the type of battery you have in your rig is very important. It gives you vital information such as how long can you keep your lights and appliances on, how often do you have to recharge or even how long you can stay away from town, do dry camping and a lot more. Technically there are four types of batteries you can use to power your RV but the most common and affordable battery being used b...
Your RV’s 12-Volt Power
Knowing the type of battery you have in your rig is very important. It gives you vital information such as how long can you keep your lights and appliances on, how often do you have to recharge or even how long you can stay away from town, do dry camping and a lot more. Technically there are four types of batteries you can use to power your RV but the most common and affordable battery being used by many owners is the 12-volt.
Benefits of 12-volt power
This battery is common because it is a lot cheaper, easier to find and replaced than other RV batteries. It is perfect for camper trailers and small travel trailers that do not really need large amounts of power to keep it running and for those travel trailers that have easy access to different power sources. It also works in almost all kinds or RV, motorhomes, R-pod trailers, cargo trailers and others. This kind of battery can be considered as one of the most time tested battery available for RVs’ and it is easier to find the right tools and accessory for it since most of those readily available in the market are compatible for this power voltage. With proper care and maintenance they usually last around 3 to 5 years depending on usage and the temperature it is constantly exposed in.
Getting the most out of your 12-volt power
Your 12-volt power system is usually responsible for keeping your lights, slide outs, awnings, furnace and other devices that runs in a 12 voltage going. There are a lot of products that you can find form RV shops, RV supplies store or online shops to get use it efficiently. You can find items such as pop-up camper lift by Carefree or battery extension cords from Prime Products for your multiple battery set up. You can also choose from different brands of lights for your stop, tail, turn light colors and replacements. There are many RV appliances you can find such as 12-volt hair dryers, USB charges, fans down to the smallest Maxi Blade Fuse from Cooper Bussmann. Using your 12-volt power with other appliances that runs in different voltage is also possible with the use of power converter which is normally available but might have to purchase separately for older RV trailers.
Maintaining your RV Power Source
If your RV is not plugged in any type of power source, you rely on your batteries for power so it is very important to keep it in its best shape in order for you extend its life and get the most of it. Depending on the type of 12 volt battery you have, there are some basic things that you have to remember.
- Monitor and calculate your amps usage in order to know how much battery power you need and how long can you use them in every charge.
- It is advisable not to drain your battery and charge them when it’s down to its 30 to 50% capacity.
- Always charge them even if you are not using your RV especially during winter and monitor its water level regularly.
- Disconnect your battery when not in use to avoid it from draining.