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#1 gwjohnson

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:32 AM

Although we do have a battery tray slide out for the 6 house batteries in our 2010 Tiffin Phaeton, it was still somewhat challenging sometimes to top off the batteries when needed (I check them monthly), due to somewhat cramped spaces and of course lots of cabling, etc. I discovered an easy way to do this without spilling distilled water when filling..... a common turkey baster, with a short piece of clear vinyl tubing attached to the end of the turkey baster. It's easy to siphon up distilled water from the gallon container, see it through the clear vinyl tubing extension, pinch the tubing with your fingers when full, place the end of the tubing in the individual cells of the battery and release the distilled water into the battery cell. I keep the turkey baster / vinyl tubing "tool" in the battery compartment for easy access when checking battery water levels monthly.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 08:16 PM

I was reading your post.. That's Good ...But if you do not want to spill H2O every ware its easer way to fill a battery. There is a battery filler has a metered spout, put it on the filler opening (hole) and hold it down, it will fill the correct amount every time no guessing did I put in to much or not enough! It holds about one quart of liquid. They are inexpensive and are easy store the cargo bay (full of H20).. also available is baister type (but small and designed than the one your using.. Designed for battery filling... also works VG.
I have both' the second small filler is to reach the two rear filler openings because they are very tough to get to on my coach, to fill and read..
Both of these items are/cost under $12.00 dollars, cheap for what they do and how long they last. I have had the auto-fill for yrs... its never let me down.. I hope this help you with the problem..
And yes you do I mean really do have to check & fill your battery's monthly... or you'll have problem on the HWY. Ross Zie'
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Posted 23 July 2010 - 09:26 AM

Used it for years on my golf cart and now the MH

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 01:01 PM

I keep distilled water in a pump up sprayer. I took off the spary tip and just use the tube to place over each cell. The sprayer has an spring loaded valve. right amount of water and no drip. Hope this helps other as it has me.
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 06:50 AM

There is an even easier way. There is a battery filler that has tubes to every cell. I just insert the tube in the distilled water jug and squeeze the bulb. Each cell has its own check valve and flow stops when full.

It was a chore to install but since the battery slide on my coach is almost impossible to operate by myself, it has been worth every penny. Once a month it takes me about one minute to fill all 24 cells.
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 08:35 PM

There is an even easier way. There is a battery filler that has tubes to every cell. I just insert the tube in the distilled water jug and squeeze the bulb. Each cell has its own check valve and flow stops when full.

It was a chore to install but since the battery slide on my coach is almost impossible to operate by myself, it has been worth every penny. Once a month it takes me about one minute to fill all 24 cells.

Is there any possible way you could post photos of your solution? I'm a newbie, and still trying to figure everything out. Your solutions sounds perfect! :)
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:08 PM

There is an even easier way. There is a battery filler that has tubes to every cell. I just insert the tube in the distilled water jug and squeeze the bulb. Each cell has its own check valve and flow stops when full.

It was a chore to install but since the battery slide on my coach is almost impossible to operate by myself, it has been worth every penny. Once a month it takes me about one minute to fill all 24 cells.


It's a commercial product called the Qwik-Fill Battery Watering System from Flow-Rite, and is carried by Camping World.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:06 AM

Thanks for the web site link thestoloffs. I've been doing it the old fashion way and always making a mess, then the clean up. Looks like a slick device so off to Camper World I go.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:25 AM

It's a commercial product called the Qwik-Fill Battery Watering System from Flow-Rite, and is carried by Camping World.


Beware it IS possible to squeeze the bulb too much or to continue squeezing it and overfill the batteries. I did this by accident on my previous coach.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 03:15 PM

I use the system by ezgo golf carts.  It has a 1 gallon resovoir that is mounted higher than the batteries with a on off valve. Just open until the clear tubes are full and shut off and look at the level indicators on each cell.  If not all full open the valve for a few more seconds.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:54 PM

It's a commercial product called the Qwik-Fill Battery Watering System from Flow-Rite, and is carried by Camping World.


I had the Qwik Fill system on my previous motorhome. Careful... it is possible to overfill the batteries if you squeeze the bulb too hard. I found out the hard way.
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:33 PM

I have used the Camping World quick fill system on 2 coaches.  Much easier and really fast too.  It is something that I dreaded with prev coach, had to use a mirror and water can with flashlight.  No More!!!!


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

The quick fill systems are not cheap!  With needing multiple battery fill systems that will add up quickly. Thinking of trying the spray bottle method first.


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 10:15 AM

The Flow-Rite system is the only way to go. 


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 11:05 AM

How do you know what group size you have? 24-27? 29-31? I am new at this and do not know what they are referring to when they say group size.


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 01:18 PM

For the most part they are 6 volt golf cart batteries and the only thing you have to be concerned with is the spacing between cells.  Some watering kits have tubing between the cells so they can accommodate different dimensions.


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 03:01 PM

Ok.  Thank you.  Still not sure how to determine what kit to buy.  I must be making a simple thing hard because I still don't know what the differences are between the kits.  I would hate to order the wrong one.  If I order one I will be sure to call them on the telephone and let them know what I am dealing with.  I do like the system though.  Looks like it would be worth the $$.


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 09:55 PM

One style is that the 3 units are molded into one piece so you have to have the correct one.  The other has tubing between them so you can vary the distance.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:05 AM

Thank you.  That helps.  I will take a look once the cover comes off (hopefully very soon!).  Safe travels!


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#20 Elkhartjim

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 09:25 AM

Hi Rich,

 

You may also consider adding some mineral oil to each cell and eliminate the need to add water very often.  I installed new house batteries (Sam's Golf Cart) last September and the motorhome has either been plugged in to 50 amp service in my storage building or in use and I've not added a drop of water.  Another side benefit, I have not had to clean any corrosion since adding the mineral oil. 

 

There is a debate on how much mineral oil to use, any where from 1 oz to 4 oz in each cell seems to be the discussed amount.  Google mineral oil in wet cell batteries.

 

I have two friends that have used this technique for four plus years with success.


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