This is my last entry for this blog. On March 24, 2016, we signed the paperwork to trade in our Dynasty on another motorhome. This took place at a dealership.
I had contacted Lithionics and asked what should I do with the existing batteries IF/WHEN we traded coaches. I received confirmation to simply leave the two batteries in the trade-in. I did.
Our recent purchase, our new coach, has all new, traditional AGM batteries in it for both chassis and coach. I confess, I am regularly amazed when I open the battery compartment on this coach and see eight heavy AGM batteries supplying power and another two just to crank the engine and generator. If it wasn’t a large motorhome, I’d have to assume it would tilt to one side due to battery weight alone!
While I would certainly consider using lithium ion batteries in the future, it seems prudent to initially use the existing batteries as this is the “standard” in our “new” coach. I believe we need to understand and test the basic electrical systems first, before attempting to change or introduce anything new.
I appreciate my time, experience, and learning while testing the lithium ion batteries and have been fascinated by the opportunity to be a part of some future technological change. A major part of what I taught and my research and writing focus as a Professor at three different universities was the implementation/growth/adoption/adaption of technology to solve problems. My responsibility was to introduce future engineers and teachers to the fact that virtually everything must constantly change or it will stagnate and when they entered their respective professions, they should not expect the “same old, same old” stuff.
My lithium ion battery usage was a five-year test under very “real” conditions. While we did not abuse the batteries in any way, we also did not “baby” them at all. My theory was they had to function in all “RVing” conditions ranging from being covered with dirt/dust from Canadian and Alaskan construction to lots of rain mist everywhere. In cold and hot weather, they had to function. The batteries took us to Newfoundland, to Alaska (twice), to Yuma, and to Key West. They took us to EVERY state (okay, 49 of them), plus 10 Canadian provinces and one of their territories—and never failed us.
It was estimated by the company that from the rate of loss, my batteries had about two more years of life in them. As I have stated, that would have been a battery with a life of 7 years and could have been rebuilt. But… these were “early technology” and numerous advances have been made during that five years. The batteries sold now are not the same batteries I tested!
Would I recommend lithium ion batteries for your motorhome? Absolutely… IF you plan to keep it for a few years. If you are going to purchase an RV, use it occasionally, and sell/trade it in 2-3 years, then no, you don’t need lithium batteries. They are designed for the long haul!
Good luck. Thank you for reading! I hope we helped.