You can continue spending money replacing dead RV batteries, but a more practical money saving solution is to determine what caused the battery to die and try to prevent it from happening again.



It’s not uncommon for RV batteries to die long before they should. A report I recently read stated 85% of lead-acid batteries manufactured in the U.S. die before they should. And I see it all the time, RV owners replacing batteries every year or two. That can get expensive real fast.

Sometimes we tend to overlook the simplest maintenance requirements on our RV, and these maintenance oversights can be costly. I put RV batteries on top of the list for items on the RV that are commonly overlooked. Fortunately if you understand what kills a battery, and perform some simple battery preventive maintenance you can stop the batteries from dying an early death.

Let’s look at some of the factors that contribute to battery failure:

  • Sulfation
  • Parasitic loads
  • Self-discharging
  • Overcharging
  • Undercharging
  • Lack of maintenance



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When you winterize your RV you prepare the RV plumbing system, interior, exterior and chassis to withstand cold weather conditions. When you de-winterize your RV you reverse the steps and prepare the RV for another fun-filled camping season.

Today I want to concentrate on what I consider the most important steps in de-winterizing your RV, starting with the RV water system.


RV Water System

There are two important tasks we want to accomplish when we de-winterize the RV water system:

1)      Remove the RV antifreeze from the plumbing system.

2)      Sanitize the RV water system so it is safe to use.


Let’s get started:


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