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Old 04-15-2015, 10:00 PM   #1
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Battery replacement

I want to replace all the batteries in our coach. (2006, 36ft) I would like to replace the house batteries with AGM type. Has anyone done this and do they make a 6 volt. We really don't dry camp that much so I'm wondering how much amp hour reserve we need. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 04-15-2015, 11:25 PM   #2
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Most of the Alpine Coach owners who have upgraded to AGM'S have used Lifeline Batteries and they do have 6 volt. I would recommend replace your batteries with the same number that came with the coach either 6 or 8, 6 volt batteries and 2, group 31, 12 volt starting batteries. :thumbup:
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:28 AM   #3
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Has anyone replaced cables when doing a battery update? I think they are 4 ought "welding" cable type. I had the positive corrode in two on mine and have a temporary fix on it for now - would like to buy some new cables and change to AGM.
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I just replaced my 6 house batteries with Lifeline GPL-4CT AGM batteries. They are 6 volt batteries, same size as the original ones.

Tim, the cables that run from the battery bank to the inverter on my coach are 2-0 cable. It is printed on the cable. Not sure if they are welding cable. When I replaced my batteries, I replaced all of the cables that ran between the batteries, but not the cables running from the battery bank to the inverter. The original cables were from the factory with a factory part number, but no marking on the cable as to size.

I bought the batteries from Coastal Battery in Costa Mesa. They mainly sell to and make deliveries to local harbors. They make custom cables for making connections. I bought 9" and 12" for my battery layout, made from 2-0 cable. I think they are heavier than the original cables I replaced. He charged something like $6 or $7 apiece for them, complete with crimp terminals and shrink tubing.
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Jim--curious, what material did you use for your "battery hold-down" brackets?
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Its fiberglass U-channel material I bought online from Grainger a few years ago. I think it was 2" wide with a 1/4" U height, which made it pretty rigid.
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:49 PM   #7
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FWIW ... you can also use a product called "HDPE Marine Board" which is a "High Density Polyethylene" material. I'm planning to change my batteries out in June and will order 1/4" thick strips 1 1/2" X 27". My source is Interstate Plastics and the cost is $17.64 plus tax & shipping. You can purchase sheets and cut it yourself is desired.
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I just replaced my 6 house batteries with Lifeline GPL-4CT AGM batteries. They are 6 volt batteries, same size as the original ones.

Tim, the cables that run from the battery bank to the inverter on my coach are 2-0 cable. It is printed on the cable. Not sure if they are welding cable. When I replaced my batteries, I replaced all of the cables that ran between the batteries, but not the cables running from the battery bank to the inverter. The original cables were from the factory with a factory part number, but no marking on the cable as to size.

I bought the batteries from Coastal Battery in Costa Mesa. They mainly sell to and make deliveries to local harbors. They make custom cables for making connections. I bought 9" and 12" for my battery layout, made from 2-0 cable. I think they are heavier than the original cables I replaced. He charged something like $6 or $7 apiece for them, complete with crimp terminals and shrink tubing.
That's a very clean set-up. I like it!
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Most marine places will make new cables while you wait. May not be the cheapest though!
We have 4 8D AGM's and I'm really considering going to 8 or even 12 GC2 wet cells.
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Lifelines are wonderful, however, if beyond your budget, Deka Intimidator AGMs
are available in GC-2 size for the house, and Group 31 for starting.
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That is a clean install - good work. The cable I had fail is the one that connects from the 6V bank to the coach. I stripped it back and it measured 0.5" diameter which should be 4 ought. I have a screw on lug on it now and all works well, but need to change it soon. I was going to change it when I discovered it but it's a complicated chore on the coach end - lots of stuff stacked on the stud. It's also really hard to actually get every voltage source turned off. I killed everything including the disconnects and was still getting voltage from somewhere - so just put the temp fix on. I was 1000 miles from home and did not want to get too involved.

Definately want to go AGM - I'm tired of filling batteries and getting corrosion on terminals all the time. PITA.
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FWIW ... I added the "Pro Fill" product to my wet cells about a 2 - years ago. It's not only easy to fill all 6 - batteries at one time but stopped the corrosion and acid build up on the batteries. I'm thoroughly pleased with the Pro Fill product and would highly recommend it. I add water monthly as a scheduled routine.

My Interstate batteries have a date of Feb 2009 ... over 6 - years old and going strong. I'm planning to replace them in June as a preventative measure but will keep using the Interstates with Pro Fill.
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Battery replacement

Jeeper, you probably did not disconnect the solar cells, they do not disconnect with the cutoff switches. I normally lift one of the wires at the controller under the sink.


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Bcbowers - that watering system is interesting. My quick search only showed a 2 battery system. I assume you have a 6 battery system?
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