1997 Beaver Monterey Battery upgrade
Just thought I would post info about my battery upgrade.
This coach originally came with 4 12v house batteries. I wanted to put in 4 6 volt batts. So.... the tray that beaver put in my coach could only handle batts that are 6 3/4" wide.
Long story short, I went to a local big battery distributor and he took me into the warehouse and I measured a bunch of 6 volt batts. There were some that are listed as being 7 inches wide when in fact they were 6 3/4.
There were several that would fit (some with many more AH), but I chose the least expensive.
I put in 4 trojan J305E-AC's @ 200. a piece....I know, maybe a shocking price but I now have a 610 AH House battery system in a very small footprint. Compare this to 6 T-105 6 volt batteries @ 225 AH would give you 675 AH and a much bigger footprint.
NOTE: These batteries are TALL (14 3/8"), and weigh in at 83lbs.
Generally speaking, the 6 volt batts will recharge about twice as many times as the 12 volt counterparts (trojan scs225 12 volt that would have fit in the same spot for about the same price). Charge cycles for the 12 volt batts is about 350 and the 6 volt batts is over 700 times (This is based on a 50% depletion).
These are listed as FLOOR machine batteries, and I could not find another brand that makes a 6 volt battery in the Group size 921. So this will be my first experience with Trojans. Warranty is only 6/24, but I know these can last years if taken care of (700 charge cycles).
I just thought I would share this because the other option was to modify the slide-out tray. More money, and I was under a time crunch.
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