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Old 10-20-2013, 06:25 PM   #15
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The 6 volts I'm looking at are 232ah

http://www.interstatebatteriesvancou...roup|RV6Volt|3|
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:18 AM   #16
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Uh, you only add acid to a brand new "Dry Charged" or "Dry Shipped" battery. After that you only add DISTILLED WATER.

Just so you know.

It is the water that boils off

And you should be checking them at least once a month.
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Nope I always add acid. If thats what they are supposed to use why not use it? My family has a battery shop and they wont add water only acid.
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That is funny... hmmm... back to your original questions - why not have the shop do it for you they are pros we are just users ~~
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Change them to AGM's and have no mess problems.
You do not add acid only water and to much oil kills your plates need to read link provided.
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I do not like to make things more difficult than they really are so I'd let the controllers do their job. Plug and play . . You may have to make decisions later but for now, just go on with whatever you were doing, and put the fridge on propane.

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In addition to what Palehorse stated, mineral oil on the plates is a death notice for any battery.

Poor maintenance will kill any battery whether they are 12 VDC or 6 VDC. Don't ask me how I know!

You will have a lot less AH's to use from a set of 12 VDC deep cycle batteries versus a set of four 6 VDC batteries.

Your choice, your decision, your coach, do what's best for you.

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Nope I always add acid. If thats what they are supposed to use why not use it? My family has a battery shop and they wont add water only acid.
The battery manufacturers say to only add distilled water to an acid filled battery.
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Our Interstate U-2200's lasted one month short of 10 years with 4 oz of mineral oil in each cell. Real world experience.
The oil can reduce out gassing and terminals corroding, but if you don't maintain the fluid levels, it will coat the plates and kill a battery that has been ignored. You, Mr_D obviously have taken care of your batteries and have gotten more than normal life out of them.

I have never heard of adding acid in an active battery that has had WATER evaporate from it. MAYBE if the battery has been tilted or drained you add acid, but in one that has the electrolyte level low, how would you know what strength of acid would you add? Now if you look in the back of magazines you'll find all sorts of mystery 'boosters' to try to bring an abused or elderly battery back to strength, but those ads are right next to the ads for magnets you attach to fuel lines to increase mpg.
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i am not sure i agree with you on this. check out trojan j185h-ac battery, which is exactly two t-105 serialized. it is 12v with 225ah capacity.
here is its data sheet http://www.batterymaster.com/pdf/tr/...%20J185HAC.pdf

i installed 3 of this, equivalent to 6 t-105. please rationalize what i lost for not going with t-105.
A bit of money possibly. I have 4 6v coach batteries for a total of approx. 430 amp hours. Basically two of these appear to be able to take the place of my 4 batteries. I do not use Trojan so my 4 batteries were around 400 plus some change. Looks like 2 of these would be about 770 dollars. big difference. If I boondocked more and needed the amp hours to make buying 4 of these worth while would not be a bad way to go. But for me the price difference is not worth it.
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Plus you need to make sure that you have the necessary height for them to fit AND to maintain them properly.

15 inches is a damn tall battery. They wouldn't fit in my compartment!

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