Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Working on that Checklist…

What a terrific day we had in southern Ontario… sunny and warm… just perfect!

A couple of days ago, Rick from  Rick & Paulette's RV Travels blogged about a checklist for getting your RV ready to travel.  Well, it got me thinking about things that I needed to do before our rubber hits the road, hopefully on November 1st this year.  Funny how someone else’s blog can get you moving!

One of the big things I wanted to do was service our house batteries.  Our RV has 2 12 volt batteries that are known as “deep cycle” batteries.  Their job in the RV is run all things that require power inside the RV when you are travelling on the road, or parked with no services at all, like when we spend a week in the middle of the desert at Borrego Springs, California. 

The picture below is one of them, after I cleaned it all up, and it also has the cell caps taken off the top.  You have to keep the water level topped up, and both the batteries required water today.  Last time I did this was 6 months ago, which is way too long! 


This picture below is what they looked like after I took them out of their holder.   What a mess.  They pick up road grime from being under the RV. 


The batteries are “tied” together, and will last quite a while.  These are the original batteries that came with the RV when we bought it 2 years ago.  The picture below is the holder for them, and you can see one of the battery cables… they were corroded very bad.  My wire brush did a good job of cleaning all the wires and terminal up for good connections.


It took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete all the required cleaning and filling up the cells with distilled water.  Below is the batteries all installed again and ready to roll!  A clean RV is a happy RV!


While I was working outside today, I had my camera handy and captured Judy’s little humming bird, heading in for dinner…


Super blurry close up of our little friend…


This picture below is the actual picture that I cropped to get the bird above… he was a happy camper today, as he drank a lot of sugar water!


Judy spent the afternoon baby sitting little Gwenny, as Kristina had some transcription work to complete for her Boss. 

Till tomorrow…


  1. Sounds like a good day and I just love the bird pics... I always feed the birds and love watching them come to the feeders....
    Have fun

  2. nice work on cleaning up the batteries!!!..what a difference!!

  3. You did a terrific job on cleaning up those batteries - they look like new.

    I'm always happy to hear I've motivated someone other than myself to do work.

    Now, I'd better go out and check on our batteries!

  4. Hey John, I just read an article that had a little tip about cleaning rust and corrosion from
    electical wires.

    Tip: Soak the rusted connectors in CLR for 20 mins then soak in water then blow dry with a hair dryer, then put back together using Dielectirc Grease to prevent future rust.


  5. Great job on the battery. Nice to start getting stuff ready to head out.

  6. The batteries look like new! But I think it would be more fun babysitting Gwenny haha!!