Caravan Girl Power

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Providing a woman’s perspective on caravan batteries, I share my caravan purchasing journey and leisure battery findings. It is more riveting than I expected and the best part is that I get a holiday out of it.

A Mini Home of Our Own

Since the wedding and a very expensive honeymoon last month we have been on a budget and already thinking about our next holiday. I’ve always thought that we never see enough of our own country and recently persuaded my husband Richie to consider buying a caravan. I love the idea of having a mini home we can call our own. I found one on eBay today that looks very reasonable but when I messaged the seller they said I would need to buy a leisure battery. This meant nothing to me and therefore, I of course, wanted to become an expert and sound authoritative in my response. Since searching the wonderful web for the answers I was after I felt I should share my new found leisure battery wisdom.

Why Do Caravans Need a Leisure Battery?

So you are on holiday enjoying the comfort of your temporary home and although it’s camping you expect some of the home comforts. Working water, lighting, a functioning kitchen and close your eyes and block your nose when you flush the loo pretending it is indeed a normal toilet. The leisure battery is essential to working any caravan. The Camping and Caravan club explain that most modern caravans have three sources of power – gas, mains electricity and a twelve volt battery, which means that If you run out of gas and you’ve left your mains cable at home you’ll still be able to power your caravan lights, water pump and other twelve volt appliances provided that your battery is in good condition.

What Makes Leisure Batteries Different?

To me, it looks like a car battery. Had I not read this information and be caught short on holiday I probably would have told Richie to just use the car battery or find a local garage but apparently there is a difference. It is a subject that seems to have some debate, I found a Caravan Chronicles blog. Firstly, I had no idea there was such a Caravan community out there and wondered perhaps if a caravan dating website existed but on return from my disappointing search I return to the subject in hand. The blog speaks passionately about the confusion and myths as to what actually happens when you plug your caravan into the tow vehicle and start the engine, which in turn then charges the leisure battery – complex stuff! However, here is a caravan girl power translation on the matter. Car batteries are designed to supply a high current over a short period of and caravan batteries are designed to supply a low current over a long period of time. Although both batteries have a lot in common, the way the separator is designed and the material it is made for in a car battery makes it unsuitable for long periods of low voltage use that you’ll need in your caravan.

Choosing the Right Leisure Battery

I was first inclined to look for the cheapest but the last thing we need is to be mid holiday and without power. I was already pretty deep into my research so why not make sure I have the right caravan battery before I bid on my caravan. What I found was forums talking about batteries that lasted for two to five years and all of them attributed this to the care and winter lay up (disconnecting it in the winter). Go Caravanning provided some great tips on how to maintain the life of the battery, which were:
1. Switch off all appliances when they are not being used
2. Avoid using high drain appliances such as televisions
3. Keep your battery regularly topped up
4. Consider a battery charging device

Carry on Camping!

All of this info meant that I could now respond to the eBay seller with confidence. I had found my battery online and was ready to take a look at the caravan. . I do hope this article post will help me get my ticket into the caravanning community.
Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed this article then you may also enjoy out my Fun Days Out for Couples one too.or follow me on Twitter if you dare!

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Buying A Caravan, Buying A Leisure Battery, Leisure Batteries Explained, What Are Leisure Batteries

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Hello! I'm Nathalie and I love writing about what makes my world tick! Fashion, weddings, interior design, health, property..You name it, I will write about it!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Sep 2013 (#)

what a trip you are...well done ...

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author avatar madugundurukmini
10th Sep 2013 (#)

a joyful home

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Sep 2013 (#)

How fun -- and solid advice. I haven't ever been carvan-traveling. I wouldn't have the slightest idea how to begin. What an adventure, though!

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author avatar NathalieM
11th Sep 2013 (#)

Hello! Thanks so much for your comments everyone! ;)

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