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Alan Bonner posted a topic in Parts GuidesRv batteries are important components as they provide the power necessary for the vehicle to run. As a result, any damage to it will affect the rv in many ways. However, battery explosions are even more dangerous and can cause severe injuries to those standing near it. In addition, losing the battery means you will be unable to make any trips for a while. There are a number of reasons for an explosion but most of them can be avoided. Here are seven things you can do to keep your rv battery from exploding. 01. Don’t overcharge it An rv battery is designed to absorb a particular amount of current to enable it charge and store energy. However, charging it for too long allows too much current to pass through the battery and this could easily lead to an explosion. Batteries often come with sensors that monitor the voltage level but these might not work and it is important to check the voltage reading when the battery is charging. Disconnect the battery if it looks like it is overcharging. 02. Keep it hydrated Water is an important ingredient in the electrolyte of deep cycle batteries and it needs to be constantly replaced. Certain types of rv batteries lose water when they’re in use and this affects the fluidity of the electrolyte. Charging the battery in this state will most certainly lead to an explosion. 03. Ensure proper wiring Proper wiring is important in any kind of battery. This is because connections that are lose can lead to sparks. These sparks could easily be ignited by heat or accumulated hydrogen deposits from leaking batteries. Ensure that all are tight and firm. Inspect all connections before and after travelling as part of mandatory safety and maintenance checks. 04. Avoid overheating An rv deep cycle battery is wired to store energy to keep the vehicle running. In certain situations, it builds up internal heat instead. Hydrogen gas piles up as a result and this could trigger an explosion. A good example is attempting to charge a frozen battery. It would not charge and the heat it generates can make it explode at any time. 05. Proper ventilation It is important to have enough air around the battery to avoid explosions in hot, smoky surroundings. hydrogen often seeps out of a battery and this can be easily blow up if it comes in touch with sparks. Avoid smoking around the battery as well. A lack of ventilation can easily make it explode. 06. Replace bloated batteries When there is too much pressure in an rv battery, it is essentially a canister waiting to explode. This is because there’s too much hydrogen gas in the battery and it is trying to get out. Charging this kind of battery could make it explode. Replace such batteries as soon as possible. 07. Keep an eye on the polarity Positive and negative terminals are so common that it could be taken for granted. When connecting an rv battery to a charger, it is vital to ensure that the connections are correct. Reversing the polarity damages the battery beyond repair and it could explode the next time you try to charge it. Buy batteries that have connection warning features to prevent this from happening. Last Words An rv battery explosion has all kinds of consequences. You will need to spend some money to replace it and it might injure you or other people as well. You might also be unable to travel for a while. These seven tips should keep your battery safe and running smoothly for a long period of time. Resources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJD19RogRtg https://rvside.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8ZZpkhZQ7I