How to Hook Up RV Batteries

by Robert Good

Connecting the battery or batteries to your RV is simple and can be done two ways: parallel and series. Parallel is needed to double the power that the batteries put out for use in larger RV's with a lot more electronics, and series pulls equal power from both batteries but allows the batteries to run for much longer. Both of these ways are effective and safe.

Parallel

1

Connect a wire to the positive connection on one of the RV batteries. Connect the opposite end of that wire to the positive connection on the other battery.

2

Connect a wire to the negative connection on one of the batteries. Connect the opposite end of that wire to the other battery's negative connection.

3

Connect a wire to the positive connection on the lead battery and then connect the opposite end of the wire to the connection on the RV. Repeat for the negative connection.

Series

1

Connect a wire to the positive connection on one battery. Lead the opposite end of the wire to the negative connection on the other battery.

2

Connect a wire to the positive connection on the battery with the wire connected to the negative connection. Connect a wire to the negative connection on the battery with the wire connected to the positive connection.

3

Connect the end of the positive wire to the RV's positive input and connect the negative wire to the RV's negative connection.

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About the Author

Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.

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