Monday, June 26, 2017

Day One of the Week of Maintenance

These are our house batteries.  What’s wrong with this picture?


Those are Lifeline AGM batteries.  These piles of corrosion on the terminals should NEVER EVER EVER happen.  We’ll be calling the product support line in the next few days.


Apparently in 2011 they had a manufacturing defect and the rings that seal the openings for the terminals failed.  We believed this statement because of a thread on an RV forum, which we can no longer find.  The owner of Lifeline is not aware of this event, and so now we can't stand behind this statement.  The seals failed, reason unknown.

Our batteries were installed in January 2012.  All four are bad.  To say that we are unhappy about this would be an understatement.  They were very expensive, but we bought them because they are maintenance free.  Until today.

This is Erik’s hand, grinding the green stuff off the end of the battery cable.


It’s always something with the RV.

On a happy note, we thought the spring on the passenger side bedroom slide topper had failed.  When the slide was brought in, the topper didn’t roll up anymore.  It’s a logical assumption, no rolling up, dead spring – right?  Nope.  A rock got on top of the RV, wedged itself into the spring mechanism and prevented it from working.  Erik found it while walking on the roof.  So, if you think your slide topper spring has bitten the dust, go look for physical impediments to its operation.


  1. FYI, I don't know if your batteries are covered or not, but keeping the tops clean is critical to battery life. Otherwise dust, dirt, road grime...anything really...sets up conductivity between the battery posts and is a constant mini short circuit, which shortens battery life.

  2. Yeah..I know you don't want to hear it..But I check the batteries every 2 weeks..You may have been able to spot the issue earlier..Mine are easy to access under the entry stairs, maybe your's are more difficult to view?