How to keep your RV battery reliable this summer

Summer heat is harder on RV batteries than the cold temperatures of winter. High temperatures have a huge impact on the chemical processes that generate power, but it’s not just about the prevailing weather conditions.

Studies show that warm weather increases the heat under the hood and consequently doubles the chances of battery failure. This is probably why it’s not uncommon to see many RVs stuck on the roadside in summer.

So if you want to ensure your RV battery remains reliable this summer, here’s what to do.

Don’t skip routine maintenance

Routine maintenance is extremely important for your batteries. RV batteries generally last from 3 to 5 years. RV owners who conduct regular inspections tend to use their batteries for longer.

Industry experts also recommend conducting checkups before taking long road trips. And while at it, be sure to check the battery’s charge, how they’re mounted, and the condition of their terminals.

Test your RV battery load

Apart from scheduling regular maintenance, it is also wise to have your RV battery load tested after two years. But if you reside in colder regions, you can do this after 3 to 4 years. This tests your battery’s ability to hold voltage when it’s being used. This will help you determine whether it’s time to purchase a new battery.

Monitor your battery’s age

Most people forget that the battery’s age is another factor that determines when it’s time to find a replacement. But since batteries differ in design, it is prudent to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations.

When buying a new battery for your RV, consider choosing one that is preferably 3 to six months old or newer. So double-check the year and month of manufacture before paying for it. This ensures you will use the battery for a longer period.

Work with battery specialists

As mentioned earlier, there are numerous types of RV batteries. Sometimes, it is better to work with an expert to help you pick the right battery for your RV than to depend on your gut or guesswork. At Lifeline Batteries, we have a team of experienced specialists ready to help you. Contact us today to speak with one of them.