Bruce Bernhart Topics in RV Care And Maintenance


Bruce Bernhart RV Topics

In Minnesota, Bruce Bernhart has been an RV enthusiast since the mid-1980's


Updated June 30, 2013


Battery Types


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Bernhart Winter Time Charging Tips:

The type of battery, either standard starting batteries or deep cycle rechargeable batteries, determines what charger/maintainer to use.

For standard starting batteries any 1 to 3 amp fully automatic unit will work fine. Not designed for deep cycling, standard starting batteries can?t handle multiple discharges. Generally, these batteries are good for 3 to 4 discharges.

Choosing the correct charger/maintainer for deep cycle rechargeable batteries depends on the amp hour or reserve capacity of the battery and whether you want to charge or just maintain the battery. The higher the amp hour of a battery, the higher the charger amps you'll need to charge the battery. For maintaining only, a lower amp charger will work.

Bernhart says battery warranties are figured in the favor of battery manufactures. Let's say you buy a 60-month warranty battery and it lives 41 months. The warranty is pro-rated so when taking the months used against the full retail price of the battery you end up paying about the same money as if you purchased the battery at the sale price. This makes the manufacturer happy. What makes me happy is to exceed the warranty. Let me assure you it can be done.

Some additional tips to prepare your battery for winter storage from RV.net:

When you remove a battery turn off the ignition switch, all electrical switches, and any battery disconnect switches before you disconnect the battery cables. Whenever you remove any battery cables label them first so you remember how they go back on the battery next spring. When you reinstall the battery do it in the reverse order. Install the positive cable first and then the negative cable.

Clean the batteries with a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and water if necessary. Now you can check the electrolyte level in each cell and add distilled water if necessary. The minimum level required, before charging a battery, is at the top of the plates. If it’s below the plates add enough distilled water to cover the plates before you charge the battery.

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Solar power for your RV

The care and feeding of your RV battery

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The basics of RV power inversion

RV travel tips and tire care

Advanced discussion on power inversion

Tips on buying a house battery and cold weather maintenance

RV insurance basics

Buying the right generator for your RV and portable power

RV television reception options

Care and maintenance of the RV air conditioner

Top RV destinations

RV long-term supplies and weight considerations

RV insurance- Road protection and bodily injury coverage

RV battery types and winter charging considerations

Deep cycle battery basics

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