Maintaining and Understanding Your RV Batteries

RV battery BoxFor those who enjoy boondocking or bringing amenities and the comfort of home such as hair dryers, laptops and more – you’re going to need power. What’s the best way to get power through your RV? Batteries! Now as RVs are getting more technologically advanced, RV batteries are a necessity, but how well do you understand the batteries for your RV?


The basics of understanding your RV battery

At their most basic level, a RV deep cycle battery is lead acid, which means they have several cells connected in a series. Each cell produces volts which is where you get the power from. There are three major kinds of deep cell batteries for RVs available that are made out of plates and electrolytes composed of sulfuric acid, lead and water: AGM, flooded wet cell and gel cell. Each RV battery has both its advantages and disadvantages:

Flooded wet cell battery: available in 6-volt or 12-volt variations, flooded wet cell batteries are the most common RV batteries and are very affordable.

How it works: Flooded wet cell batteries vent oxygen and hydrogen gas while charging, the gases are produced from the electrolysis of water. It requires distilled water to be added and has to be in a ventilated area due to the gases.

RV Battery AGM battery: variation of a lead-acid battery that has advantages over a flooded wet cell battery including a spill-proof design, faster charging time and a longer life.

o How it works: AGM batteries have a fiberglass mat between the plates to absorb the electrolytes while charging and can be mounted in any position. They are more expensive and require a compatible battery charger.

Gel cell battery: Does not contain liquid and is therefore leak proof. It also has a high performance at many different temperatures.

o How it works: Unlike the other two batteries, the sulfuric acid in gel cell batteries is mixed with a thickening agent and forms a gel-like substance. They charge at a slower rate and are more expensive as well.

The life expectancy of RV batteries will depend on how you use them, how well they’re maintained, how they’re charged/discharged and stored. The average time of usable power for deep-cycle batteries is 20 hours but the greater the amp-hour rating, the greater the battery storage capacity. There are many sizes available, but the most common are group 24, 27 and 31.

Battery Diagram

Maintaining RV batteries

Exploded BatteryThe two most common causes for RV battery failure are overcharging and undercharging which can lead to sulfation, which is the formation of sulfate crystals that corrode battery parts. Undercharging is a result of batteries being repeatedly discharged and not fully recharged between cycles. Overcharging is when there is a severe loss of water and plate corrosion and causes overheating and loss of water. Luckily – both of these events are avoidable. Some maintenance tips include:

Checking the batteries once a month to see how they look and refilling the water if needed
Cleaning the batteries to remove corrosion (usually with a stiff wire brush or toothbrush)
Use battery sealant spray to prevent further or future corrosion


RV battery storage

PowerArmor SolarOne of the best ways to help maintain your RV battery is to make sure they’re stored properly, fully charged in an enclosed and well-ventilated area. The PowerArmor RV battery box is designed to provide a safe, lockable storage area for 12 and 6-volt battery applications. Made from 100% heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum with black high impact powder coat frame, we’re not the only ones that think this box looks and functions great.  


“It is doing a good job of keeping the battery charge. Plus, it is super easy to unlock the PowerArmor, I feel confident that my battery will still be there the next time I travel.”

-Jim Baker


When using the PowerArmor to store batteries, you benefit from having extra battery power for your RV, boat, truck camper or vehicle. An access port allows for electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box so it easily connects to your electrical circuit system. With battery health and performance in mind, the locking battery box features a special ventilated design and acid neutralizing battery mat.


Features of the PowerArmor include:

PowerArmor Solar Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement (solar only)
Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, boat, truck, van, etc.
Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
Uses a 10 Watt solar panel (solar only)
Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only)
Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
Legendary Lifetime Warranty
Proudly made in the USA


PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar:

17-inch box can hold up to one group 24-27 battery
17-inch box can hold up to one group 24-27 battery
24-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries
26-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor MAX: 

58-inch box can hold a combination of up to two group 24-27 batteries with two group 31, for our 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries

RV Battery box size diagram

If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International PowerArmor, there are a couple of options for you! Call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be happy to answer your questions about protecting and maintaining your RV batteries. Or, find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here to get set up with one of these RV battery boxes and onto your next adventure.

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Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes, spoiling her cat Clio and daydreaming about future travels.

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Don’t Let a Thief Cost You Hundreds of Dollars, Protect with the PowerArmor battery box instead!

PowerArmor1It’s getting colder… are you either preparing to store your trailer for the winter or traveling south toward warmer weather? When it comes to protecting your valuable RV battery investments – avoid the potential worst case scenario. Here’s how!

We have a great solution to help prevent this “worst case” battery theft nightmare from happening to you. The PowerArmor is designed to provide a safe, lockable storage area for 12 and 6-volt battery applications. Made from 100% heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum with black high impact powder coat frame, we’re not the only ones that think this box looks and functions great…

“Check out this beauty. Gifted to me by Torklift. Can’t wait until it’s installed on my  camper! No more battery theft for me.”   

-Jim Baker

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Winner of the PowerArmor from a recent rally we participated in, Jim immediately loved not only the extra storage benefits of this battery box, but also that his batteries are now more secure than ever.  

“It’s doing a good job of keeping the battery charged. Plus it is super easy to unlock the PowerArmor, slide the top aside and reconnect the battery before a trip. Most importantly, I feel confident that my battery will still be there the next time I travel. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Torklift or the PowerArmor.”

-Jim Baker

 

PowerArmorSCan we just reiterate it again?I feel confident that my battery will still be there next time I travel.” It’s that confidence and peace of mind that makes us work hard for your safety and security. When using the PowerArmor to store batteries, you benefit from having extra battery power for your RV, boat, truck camper or vehicle. An access port allows for electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box so it easily connects to your electrical circuit system. With battery health and performance in mind, the locking battery box features a special ventilated design and acid neutralizing battery mat.

Features of the PowerArmor include:

• Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement       (solar only)
• Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, boat, truck, van, etc.
• Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
• Uses a 10 Watt solar panel (solar only)
• Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only)
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the US

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PowerArmor DH Kit Includes*

• PowerArmor DH Box
• LockBattery hold down straps
• Mounting hardware
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• 10-watt solar panel included on part numbers featuring an "S

*Batteries not included 

PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar:

•17-inch boxcan hold up to one group 24-27 battery
• 24-inch boxcan hold up to two group 24-27 batteries
• 26-inch boxcan hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor MAX:

• 58-inch boxcan hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, two group 31, four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batterie

If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International PowerArmor, there are a couple of options for you! Call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be happy to answer your questions about protecting your RV batteries this winter and preventing theft. Find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here to get set up with one of these RV battery boxes whether you’re traveling south for the winter or getting ready for storageIt’s getting colder… are you either preparing to store your trailer for the winter or traveling south toward warmer weather? When it comes to protecting your valuable RV battery investments – avoid the potential worst case scenario. Here’s how!

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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What RV battery do I need for my towable RV?

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With so many types of batteries available, it can be difficult to know which type you need for your towable. Do you need a large battery that will provide more power, or a battery just for small things? Depending how much power you need, there are various battery sizes – the most common is a group 24 battery and a group 27 battery, also known as “house batteries.” The group 24 battery is a good choice if you are limited on space or only have smaller accessories you need to power.

The most important thing to consider when purchasing a battery for your towable is the amount of power you need. Deep cycle batteries come in all different sizes. Some are designated by group size, like group 24, 27 and 31. The larger the battery the more amp hours you get. The same can be said for the types of batteries you get. Although all group 24 batteries are the same size, the brand of the battery will also make a difference. Some recommended battery brands with the best power span for a towable are Trojan, Interstate and Exide. You can read about the best batteries for your RV here.

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With a larger battery also comes more amp hour reserve capacity. If you have more space available to you, a 6-volt battery, also known as a group 29 and 31 battery, will meet your needs. With battery theft a major concern, including a recent growth of battery theft in Canada, how can you protect your investment?

The PowerArmor Solar
Torklift has designed a high-quality locking aluminum battery box with solar panel that features a uniquely designed sliding lid that can be easily accessed no matter the mounting location. This box comes with an aluminum tread diamond plate featuring a black high-impact powder coated frame for durability. The battery box bolts directly to your RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper and more. With an access port that allows electrical wires to pass through the side wall, you can easily connect the box and batteries to your circuit system. The PowerArmor Solar extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement with the 10-watt solar panel attached to the lid. 

 

thmb a7720rs• 17-inch box (A7720RS) can hold up to one group 24 or 27 battery – perfect for marine applications or if you only have room for one battery*
• 24-inch box (A7708RS) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries
• 26-inch box (A7712RS) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries, or two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max Solar

• A7710R Box holds up to two group 24, 27 and 31 batteries, up to four 31 or 27 batteries, or five group 24 batteries
• PowerArmor Max comes with adjustable dividers to customize storage compartment size

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PA Blog 4This PowerArmor battery box design has many of the same features as the PowerArmor Solar, but without the 10-watt solar panel. With a safe, lockable storage box available in multiple sizes, the battery or extra camping gear you store in the PowerArmor is safe from theft and tampering. 

• 17-inch box (A7720R) can hold up to one group 24 or 27 battery 
• 24-inch box (A7708R) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries
• 26-inch box (A7712R) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max

• A7710RS holds up to two group 24-27 batteries and two group 31, or four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries
• Comes with adjustable dividers to customize storage compartment size

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Each battery box has a ventilated design to prevent batteries from overheating, as well as an acid neutralizing mat to avoid corrosion. All Torklift International PowerArmor battery boxes come with locks, a Legendary Lifetime Warranty and are made in the USA.

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With a locking battery box, you can prevent common battery theft and also use them to safely store other gear once you choose which battery is the perfect fit for what you need. Using a proper storage method, like the PowerArmor, you can keep your batteries in optimum condition year round, saving cost on premature battery replacement. For more information on any of our battery products contact us at 800.246.8132. 

*A7720RS requires use of a 6-amp regulator. Details here.

 

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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How much does a PowerArmor Cost?

PowerArmor Cost Blog 1Well, how much the PowerArmor costs will ultimately depend on whether you’re talking about “figuratively” or the actual price of the product. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before we get into the details of the PowerArmor battery box and what it can do for you:

How much is your peace of mind worth to you?

What is the price would you pay to protect the hundreds of dollars you’ve already invested in RV batteries?

Have you been looking for a way to store your RV batteries, or a more secure way?

Do you want to extend your battery life up to 400% and prevent yourself from having to prematurely replace your batteries and instead spend that money elsewhere?

If you came up with some solid answers of “yes” or “peace of mind is worth anything to me” or “oh, saving money… more to spend on food” then we definitely have an answer for you - the PowerArmor! Coming in multiple sizes and varieties, the PowerArmor is the perfect solution to your RV battery storage issues as well as any other extra camping gear you want to bring along! Read below to find the battery box that is perfect for you.

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PowerArmor Solar

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries

oThe 26 ¾” PowerArmor can also hold two group 31 batteries 
o The 17 ¾” PowerArmor Solar hold a single battery (great for marine applications!)

• Manufactured with black high impact powder coated trim for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in three lengths – 17 ¾” (A7720RS), 24” (A7712RS) and 26 ¾” (A7708RS)
• Comes standard with a 10-watt solar panel to trickle charge your batteries so they never lose their power 

o The solar panel easily maintains battery life by not under or overcharging them, keeping them in great condition and extending your battery investment. 

• Starts at $468.99


PowerArmor DH

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries

o The 26 ¾” PowerArmor can also hold two group 31 batteries 
o The 17 ¾” PowerArmor hold a single battery (is also great for boat and marine applications!)

• Manufactured with high impact powder coat for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in three lengths – 17 ¾” (A7720R), 23 7/8” (A7712R) and 26 ¾” (A7708R)
• Starts at $310.99


PowerArmor MAX

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries with plenty of room for extra storage, four group 27 and 31 batteries, or five group 24 batteries
• Manufactured with high impact powder coat for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in one length: 58 ½” (A7710R)
• Also has a solar panel option that comes with a 10-watt solar panel to constantly keep your RV batteries charged (A7710RS)
• Starts at $525.99

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Features of PowerArmor battery boxes Include:

• Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement (solar only)
• Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, truck, van, etc.
• Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Uses a 10 watt solar panel (solar only)
• Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only)
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

All PowerArmors come with the box itself, a lock, battery hold down straps, mounting hardware, acid neutralizing mats and if you’re getting the PowerArmor Solar, it comes with a 10-watt Zamp solar panel. Batteries that go inside the box are not included.

 

 


To keep your peace of mind and start protecting your battery investment with this top-of-the-line battery box, call us at 800.246.8132 or email us at:support at torklift.com.

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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How much does an RV battery cost?

 With a wide variety of RV batteries to choose from, their prices range just as wide. The cheapest RV battery on the market is the Apex Group UI RV battery that costs $48.25, and the most expensive battery being a Lifeline GPL-8DA deep cycle RV battery for $699.88. All RV batteries have the same purpose, but not all are equally created. So, what kind of bang are you getting for your buck? We asked our veteran RV tech Darrel what his opinion is. Darrel has worked in the RV industry for decades and personally installed his share of batteries.

Battery Blog 1Duracell ultra-high capacity battery for deep cycle 6v RV-$109.99

• This is a 6-volt battery with 230 Ah
• 12-month free replacement warranty 
• Easy twist and release vent caps for watering

Trojan Reliant-$377.97

Battery Blog 2• This is a 12-volt battery with 150Ah 
• This battery is made with robust plates that extends the life cycle and comes with a low calcium grid alloy that reduces gas emissions
• A separator of glass fibers serves to isolate the positive and negative plates while acting as a blotter to absorb the electrolytes

Lifeline GPL-8DA-$639.99

Battery Blog 3• This is a 12-volt battery with 255Ah
• This battery is specifically manufactured for deep cycle applications 
• All Lifeline batteries are Coast Guard approved and handmade in the USA, backed with an industry leading five-year warranty


Which one does Darrel recommend?

Darrel recommends the Trojan Reliant. When talking with Darrel he said he recommended this battery because, “the brand produces quality batteries that have been around for years, and they are high capacity batteries that are durable.”

How many batteries do I need for my trip?
Depending on what kind of trip you are taking, you may need anywhere from two to five extra batteries. Extra batteries are always a good thing to have on hand. You are able to expand your power capacity and extend your trip with having extra batteries. Any of us who go off-roading or off-grid boon docking understand the importance of having that extra power to be able to use light bars as well as our stereos. For those of us who travel, whether it’s in a trailer or RV, we all appreciate being able to use the appliances because we have enough power to do so. Having extra batteries brings convenience and many luxuries to the outdoor life.

Where can I store these extra batteries?

Battery Blog 4Torklift has designed a high-quality locking aluminum solar battery box featuring a lockable slide top that can easily be accessed no matter the mounting location. This box comes with a precision laser cut 100% aluminum bright tread diamond plate featuring a black high impact powder coated frame. Boxes can bolt directly to RV, trailer tongue, camper bumper, etc. It features an access port that will allow electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box to easily connect to your electrical circuit system.

PowerArmor DH Solar/ PowerArmor Max Solar
The PowerArmor solar boxes extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement with the 10-watt solar panel bolted through its lid. 

PowerArmor Solar DH starting at $468.99

• 24-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries
• 26-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max Solar starting at $651.99

• can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, two group 31, four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries. 

PowerArmor DH/ PowerArmor Max

This battery box design has the same features as the PowerArmor Solar and the PowerArmor Max Solar minus the solar panel. The PowerArmor Max comes with adjustable dividers to customize storage compartment size.

PowerArmor DH starting at $310.99

• 24-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries
• 26-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max starting at $525.99

• Can hold up to two group 24-31 batteries with ample room to store additional hitch or RV towing related equipment by utilizing the storage dividers, or as many as four group 27 or 31, or five group 24 batteries.

Each battery box comes with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

Still not convinced? Picture this: You are on a camping trip when you leave your trailer to go on a hike. Your two Trojan Reliant batteries are sitting unsecured in the factory installed brackets on the tongue of your trailer. You then return back to a crime scene. That’s over $750.00 in batteries disappeared not to mention hundreds to repair the cut wiring left by thieves! The PowerArmor box will protect your investment with its key entry system.

The PowerArmor Solar boxes take it a step further. The 10-watt solar panel on top will trickle charge the batteries and extend their life by up to 400%. The trickle charge helps by keeping the battery in optimum condition year-round unlike batteries sitting in storage that may suffer from sulfating (caused by undercharging). The solar panel easily maintains battery life by not under or overcharging them, keeping them in great condition and extending your battery investment. Even without direct sunlight the solar panel on the PowerArmor Solar absorbs reflective light. Each PowerArmor box comes with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

To start protecting your investment, call us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website Torklift.com.

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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Are your RV batteries ready for winter? The best way to maintain healthy batteries for next camping season

PowerArmor in UseWinterizing your trailer is easy with a
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Winterizing your towable means ensuring everything is in the best condition possible so your RV is in tip-top shape come springtime. It also means taking time to care of those expensive big-ticket items, in particular the RV batteries. Deep-cycle batteries come with a hefty price tag, so making sure you get your money’s worth means getting them to last as long as possible. The last thing you want when you start prepping your RV after winter is finding dead RV batteries to be just a hunk of junk. Nothing’s more of a pain than poor battery performance.

Battery storage when winterizing a travel trailer
So how you should go about storing RV batteries over the winter season?

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Introducing the Power Armor Solar battery box.

 

 


This battery storage container benefits your batteries in more ways than one:

  1. The high quality battery box made from heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum comes with a locking mechanism to prevent battery theft.
  2. Battery life is extended by keeping them in great condition while in storage.

Let’s take a look extending the battery life with the use of a simple battery box. Even though it’s clearly a storage container and may sound pretty ordinary, this box is anything but. The PowerArmor Solar is specially engineered with all the bells and whistles necessary for keeping batteries healthy by maintaining its charge level. 

The number one cause of death for batteries? Overcharging or undercharging.

Overcharging:
Most RV owners believe that if they leave their battery plugged into the RV’s battery converter it will keep the battery topped off while in storage. Many RV battery converters charge at a constant voltage that is too high for the battery, essentially frying up the battery to the point where it’s no longer functioning. The electrolytes that keep the battery effective are boiled off and permanent damage occurs.

Undercharging:
If batteries are left sitting and discharge to low enough levels, sulfation crystals can form and block the battery charge plates. This prevents the battery from achieving its full potential and charge level. It also affects how well the battery holds its charge. It is common to add water and recharge, but the battery will not be able function at optimum performance again.

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Self-discharge of batteries significantly increases in both too hot and too cold of climates. Why is it important to keep RV batteries constantly charged? According to Trailer Life Magazine, a battery at 40 percent charge level can completely freeze at negative 16 degrees. However when it’s fully charged, the electrolytes will not freeze until negative 92 degrees. In other words, it is extremely unlikely for a battery to freeze if you keep it trickle charged. The more its charge level is maintained at a higher level, the better it performs.

Overall, battery survival makes a big difference if it’s properly maintained with the right amount of charge.

Solar panel to the rescueZamp Solar PanelZamp Solar Panel
The PowerArmor Solar is designed to keep batteries healthy by avoiding undercharging and over charging of the battery,especially while sitting during the off-season. A 10-watt solar panel by Zamp Solar comes adhered to the storage box lid and is easily wired into the batteries you’ve chosen to store within it. Exposure to sunlight will fuel your battery with just enough charge to keep it from overcharging or discharging too much, keeping your pricey RV batteries in prime shape from a performance standpoint.

PowerArmor Solar:

• Prevents common and expensive storage/battery theft
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement
• Dual use for securing batteries, towing and camping gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, truck, van etc.
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Proudly Made in the USA

How bout that cool factor? The sleek design is solid, durable and — even better — it’s backed with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Not only can you save $30 on the PowerArmor Solar with a limited time factory rebate, but save hundreds on premature battery replacement. Help your batteries survive winter with the PowerArmor Solar locking battery box.

PowerArmor $30 Factory Rebate

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That’s right, go ahead and fill this ultimate storage box with stocking stuffers. Make it the best holiday gift ever with a big red bow and place it under the tree! This is one present you’ll rest easier having purchased.

Click here for more information on the PowerArmor Solar battery box or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website. 

Source: http://www.trailerlife.com/rv-trailer-news/rv-battery-basics-get-the-best-performance


 

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Don’t worry about battery life with HiddenPower and ExtendedPower

HP-boxBefore the installationWe love hearing installation stories from our customers, especially when they add extensions and more layers to the stories they have already shared with us. When we originally featured Blanco1 in this blog, he had just received and unpackaged his Torklift HiddenPower and was excited to get it installed. This time, we are sharing his story and thoughts about the installation of his HiddenPower and what he thinks about it now that he’s used it. Here’s what forum user Blanco1 previously said about the HiddenPower: “What’s awesome about it is that it bolts inside the frame rails under the truck and saving me what limited space I have above.”

Now that his HiddenPower battery installation is complete, here's what Blanco1 has to say about his new HiddenPower:

“I personally think this was a great and yet simple idea, I never would have thought of and when I learned about it, I had to get it. Thanks Torklift.”
                               –Blanco1, Rv.net

There we go again, thinking outside of the box, or in this case, underneath the box.

hidden-power-battery-mountThe installed HiddenPowerAs an added bonus, you can also get the HiddenPower Wire Harness like Blanco1 did and “tie it into the main charging wire which feeds the 7 pin connectors located both in the bed of the truck and by the tow hitch.” This kind of wiring for batteries also allows for a quick disconnect of the HiddenPower battery to help aid in future battery maintenance by getting it off the truck in literally less than 2 minutes as well as tying in to your trucks charging system.

battery-mount-installYou can barely even see the HiddenPower
underneath the vehicle
The wire harness allows the spare battery to connect to your electrical system, making it so the battery inside the HiddenPower is always charged, prevents your vehicle from being drained and is always ready for RVing and camping. Some other great features of the HiddenPower and HiddenPower Wire Harness include:

HiddenPower Features:

• Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computers etc.
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
• Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
• Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell etc.
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

HP-wire harnessThe Wire Harness connects
to your main battery
HiddenPower Wire Harness Features:

• Detaches quickly via quick disconnect plug for battery service
• Enables your HiddenPower battery to become an extension of your RV battery
• Prevents your starting battery on your vehicle from being drained
• Universal design, works with all HiddenPowers
• Sealed Wire Harness to help protect against dirt and moisture
• Fused to protect your vehicle’s electrical system
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell etc.
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Don’t miss out on the ExtendedPower

Another great product to consider for mounting extra batteries is the ExtendedPower, especially if you are towing. This battery mount is designed to attach to any receiver extension. The ExtendedPower can also be plugged into the back of your truck so that your alternator can be charging batteries that you add to the ExtendedPower. Instead of wasting fuel to leave your truck engine running to use electrical accessories you can get your power from the battery(s) ready to go on your ExtendedPower battery tray. Some other great features of the ExtendedPower include:

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• Height Adjustable
• Universal applications for all receiver extensions
• Lockable
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computers etc. 
• Works with group 24 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: Lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cells, etc.
• Becomes an extension of your RV batteries and recharges via your RV solar panels, generator, converter etc.
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your truck’s charging system
• No-drill/easy install
• Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

So if you’ve ever wondered where to mount or store an extra battery or wanted extra battery storage, look no further than the HiddenPower and the ExtendedPower. Your truck or RV battery will thank you. With these products you have the ability to go to remote camping spots and not worry about running out of power with a tray for extra batteries and a spare battery. Or if you go to a campground that limits the amount of time you can run your generator, you can use your extra RV batteries to make sure that you have power when not connected to electricity.

We currently have a $20 rebate for the HiddenPower that you can check out here! For sales or product information about a mounting a battery box, the HiddenPower or ExtendedPower contact us at 800-246-8132.

 


 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Extend your camping trip with HiddenPower and ExtendedPower battery mounts

hiddenpower1Hidden on the frame of your truck

Going on long camping trips in your truck camper are incredibly exciting. But, even though you’re going on a long trip, it doesn’t mean you can’t have access to power the entire time. Imagine how much longer you can stay on your camping trip if you only had installed an extra battery. Don’t be forced into cutting your trip short. Instead of running out of battery power in the middle of your camping trip, consider bringing along extra batteries with Torklift’s HiddenPower and ExtendedPower battery mounts.

HiddenPower
HP-boxWhen you go on a long camping trip, every inch of space matters. All of the items and gear that you are bringing with you are crucial for a successful trip. Instead of wasting space on extra batteries to power your camper, floodlights and electronic accessories, use the HiddenPower battery storage instead.

Left Image: What’s in the box? HiddenPower!

 

Here’s what forum user Blanco1 had to say about the HiddenPower battery mount:

“What’s awesome about it is that it bolts inside the frame rails under the truck, saving me what limited space I have above.”
                            -Blanco1

HiddenPower-partsThe HiddenPower unwrapped

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Instead of taking up precious space in the truck or camper, Blanco1 can now install and mount an extra battery in the HiddenPower storage box underneath his truck. Securely attached directly on his truck’s frame, the HiddenPower battery mount is a no drill installation.

 

As an added bonus, hook up the HiddenPower Wire Harness allowing the HiddenPower battery to become an extension of your truck or RV battery. The extra battery is now tied to your electrical system, always charging the battery within the HiddenPower battery box and vice versa. This helps to prevent your vehicle from being drained and keeps your rig always ready to go RVing and camping.

HP-wire harnessHiddenPower Wire Harness accessoryAs you can see to the right, Blanco1 has the HiddenPower Wire Harness. He’ll “always know what battery is the bad one” but won’t have to worry by running his batteries together as backup should one fail. The HiddenPower Wire Harness allows connection to the hidden battery beneath your truck frame to the truck’s main battery. This keeps the battery within the HiddenPower mount charging while the vehicle is running, giving you extra power at all times. Simply turn your ignition to auxiliary and your HiddenPower spare battery kicks in, without having to run your engine.

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How the HiddenPower Wire Harness works

ExtendedPower
To further help increase your battery power while camping, another great product to consider is the ExtendedPower battery mount, especially if you are towing with an extension. The ExtendedPower battery tray is a universal mount for extra RV batteries that’s specially designed to attach easily to any receiver extension. The ExtendedPower can also be plugged into the back of your truck so extra batteries can charge automatically by your truck’s alternator. Instead of wasting fuel by leaving your truck engine running, plug in the ExtendPower batteries and enjoy the use of electrical accessories such as computers, lights, chargers and stereos.extendedpower1Bring multiple batteries
with you on your trip

Some other great features of the ExtendedPower include:

• Height adjustable and lockable
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• Works with group 24 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
• Becomes an extension of your RV batteries and recharges via your RV solar panels, generator, converter, etc.
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your truck’s charging system
• No-drill / easy install
• Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Equipped with spare batteries within the HiddenPower and ExtendedPower, you have the ability to go to camping spots in the desert or mountains without worrying about running out of power. If you’re camping at a campground that limits the times you’re allowed to run your generator, use these products to be sure you’re always powered up when not connected to electricity or shore power station.

If you have any questions about the HiddenPower or ExtendedPower, contact us at 800-246-8132 or message us here.

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Gain the power to broaden your travel horizons

map-adventureKeep batteries fully charged for every camping tripHow many times have we spent weeks looking forward to that camping vacation? Packing the RV, mapping our route and planning the day trips, before heading out on the highway only to find that when we arrive, our batteries are low, forcing us to find a place to re-charge. Let’s face it, our time off is valuable and we want to make the most of every minute.

Torklift does it again
We’ve resolved those pesky power issues for you with the latest in Torklift International’s line of power saving products. ExtendedPower and HiddenPower now make it easier than ever to carry additional batteries and keep to the road without ever having to stop to re-charge or worry about auxiliary power.

rocket-scienceNo Rocket science degrees required
ExtendedPower is equipped with a universal mount designed to clamp onto any receiver extension, attaching quickly and easily with a no-drill installation. Simply bolt onto your receiver extension to allow room for mounting additional batteries you’ll need to enjoy those extra hours of vacation. Its quick release pin design allows easy disconnect for battery service and battery storage.

Leave the battery charger at home
So while you’re looking for that place to pull off and set up camp, ExtendedPower battery system plugs right into your RV factory plug if you choose to hook up a wiring harness. Charge RV batteries automatically through your vehicle’s alternator. You’ll arrive at your destination with a full battery charge and be ready for the fun to begin.

ExtendedPower features:

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  1. Height adjustable
  2. Universal applications for all receiver extensions
  3. Lockable
  4. Works with group 24 batteries
  5. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
  6. No-drill / easy install
  7. Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
  8. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  9. Proudly made in the USA

Right image: Two ExtendedPower battery mounts shown in yellow for contrast.

 

But Wait, there’s more…
Also in Torklift International’s bag of new and clever devices is HiddenPower. As a supplementary, convenient, under-vehicle battery mount, the HiddenPower is engineered to tie into your truck’s electrical system. This no-drill mount for extra batteries is easy-to-install, hidden from view and is used with quick disconnect electrical connectors for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve-volt batteries. Designed as an extension of your RV battery; this unique battery mount will recharge using your RV’s solar panels, generator or converter while your RV is plugged into your truck, and all at the same rate your RV batteries are charged. Your batteries will remain charged and ready whenever the urge to hit the road comes along so you’ll never lose those precious hours of your vacation again.

HiddenPower features:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hidden_Power-arrow.pngHiddenPower under vehicle battery mount
(shown in yellow for contrast)

  1. Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
  2. No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
  3. Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system
  4. Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
  5. Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
  6. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
  7. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  8. Proudly made in the USA

When the HiddenPower is used with the wiring harness it enables your battery to become an extension of your RV battery. With constant power, it prevents your starting battery on your vehicle from being drained and allows you to camp off your battery power longer. The wiring harness is designed to complete your HiddenPower installation and has a universal design featuring sealed wiring to protect against dirt and moisture. The wiring harness detaches quickly via quick disconnect plug for battery service.

What We Like Best!
Of course there is so much to say about convenience and ease whenever we are planning a vacation. At Torklift International, we are always striving to improve upon features that make it easy for you to use our products and get on with enjoying your life. We make a point to listen to your needs in order to build a better experience for all of our customers.

ExtendedPower and HiddenPower battery mounts both come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty and as always, proudly made in the USA.


Tamy finalWritten by Tamara Williams:
Currently Tamara Williams studies English at Arizona State University. She is a writing professional specializing in technical writing and SEO blogging for small businesses. Tamara also works with Project Pen, an innovative program for inmates at New Mexico and Arizona prison systems editing and providing feedback for their essays, poems, short and non-fiction stories.

 

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