Whether you like to enjoy the beauty of the U.S. in your RV, or you use your boat for recreation on the
weekends, when it comes time to replace your battery not just any one
will do. While regular batteries will suffice in a pinch, marine batteries are highly recommended for
recreational vehicles, thanks to their capacity and longevity. When it comes time to power up your RV, we'll
have the parts you need.
One big difference between a car and a recreational vehicle is in the demands
placed on the battery. Cars use the battery for a quick, but large jolt of power when turning the ignition and
the alternator does the rest. RVs and boats use marine batteries
for cranking the engine, but also for powering the many electronics on board, using a steady amount of power
over a long period.
When it comes to marine batteries, there are three types to consider: deep
cycle, gel cell and cranking amp. Each has its power ratings and reserve capacity, both of which are important
factors to consider. Cold cranking amps, or CCA, refers to the amount of power it outputs to start your
vehicle, and reserve capacity, or RC, tells you how long you can operate it in terms of minutes at a certain
amperage. Deep cycle marine batteries provide a lower CCA rating but have the power you need to
continuously run your electronics, making them a sound investment.
Gel cell batteries have the
same technology as lead-acid marine batteries, but they use gel for an electrolyte rather than liquid.
This helps prevent leaks when it's off center or on its side due to rough waters or other sailing conditions.
Cranking amp batteries start the engine, and there's typically another marine battery on board to power
Don't let yourself get stuck on the river or up the creek, let us lead you to the
right replacement battery for your boat and keep you moving.