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Finding the best RV battery for your type of camping

So which type is the best RV deep cycle battery? That depends on several factors including how often you camp and how much you want to spend on your electric setup.


If you’re willing to spend the money, the best RV battery for boondocking is, by far, the lithium-ion battery. Though you’ll have to spend more upfront, many RVers say that the battery pays for itself over time thanks to the long lifespan. The next best options are gel and AGM batteries.


For those who only plan on doing short dry camping spurts, an AGM or gel battery should meet your needs. Flooded lead-acid batteries are good because they’re inexpensive, however, you must be prepared to put in the work that they require, as well as take extra precautions because of their proclivity to off-gas and leak.


What else to look for when buying a battery

When looking for a battery, one of your main concerns is probably how much it can power and for how long.


More important than the type of battery you have is the number of amp-hours (Ah) and reserve capacity (RC) your battery is rated at. Amp-hours is the measurement of how many amps the battery can deliver over time while the reserve capacity is the length of time, in minutes, the battery can sustain a load of 25 amps. You’ll find each battery type offers varying amp hour and reserve capacity ratings. The higher these ratings are, the more your battery can power.


RV battery care tips

Though not all batteries are the same, how long your RV battery lasts will largely depend on how you use, maintain, and charge the battery. Here are a few things to remember:


Watch how much your battery discharges. Be sure to discharge your battery only to the recommended amount, which will vary depending on the type of battery you choose. Completely draining your battery can cause irreparable damage or shorten its lifespan.


Recharge batteries in a timely manner. Keeping your batteries charged will keep them healthy. If your RV is in storage, be sure to periodically check the charge.


Don’t overcharge. Overcharging your batteries can also be detrimental to their lifespan. Make sure you charge according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.


Watch for parasitic draws. Your RV will have features like clocks and sensors onboard that discharge your battery slowly over time. To prevent these from completely draining your battery, be sure to flip the battery disconnect switch when it’s not in use.


Keep your batteries out of the heat. Heat is an enemy of batteries. Try to keep them shaded and out of extreme heat conditions, if possible.


Keeping these battery care tips in mind will keep your batteries healthy and working for many RV outings to come!


RV batteries help power everything you need to have fun when you’re out dry camping. Which one you choose will come down to several factors including your price budget and how often you plan to use them. Regardless of which you pick, the key to a positive battery experience is following manufacturer’s recommendations and taking proper care of it.

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