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Old 11-14-2019, 12:19 PM   #1
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Adding batteries

I have a 2002 southwind 32ft motor home in Jan and feb of this year we went down to Arizona going to different state parks before going down I put new batteries in the MH two. GC2 deep cycle extremes 6 volts we dry camped some of the time for three or four days used a Coleman Cl -1200 solar charger seam to keep the batteries ok have a 5000 Owen generator for the coffee , micro etc frig and hot water on propane also Cpap machine going again this Jan feb was going to add two more 6volt extremes to the MH where the batteries are now under the steps there is no room but right beside it is a compartment that I keep my barbacue in , its the compartment that you can see the water tank in the middle I found a marine battery box that will hold the 6volts side by side I am thinking of putting a bulkhead fitting out the back of the compartment for the battery cables to go throught connect the ground to the main frame like the other batteries are run the positive in to the other battery case put a circuit breaker ??? Or shut off switch ?? Before hooking it up to the other batteries also this year I also have a 180 watt solar panel with regulator to help charge them we are looking to maybe dry camp for longer 6 to 7 days does this sound feasible or ??? Thkyou
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Old 11-14-2019, 12:34 PM   #2
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You need to run a vent from the battery box to outside the storage compartment. That area with the water tank is heated and the return air will get into the coach.
Other then that, I see no problems.
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Some things to keep in mind are having easy access to the batteries to check the water level, and cleaning the terminals. If it were me, I would treat them at 2 12 volt batteries in parallel. and not add anything extra.
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Some things to keep in mind are having easy access to the batteries to check the water level, and cleaning the terminals. If it were me, I would treat them at 2 12 volt batteries in parallel. and not add anything extra.


Are you meaning just use the two 6volts that are there and not add the extra batteries
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I did exactly that with our 03 Southwind 37U. Except the compartment did not have the water tank or anything else in it. Put in a small vent, ran the cables to the other two batteries, so they were wired just as a coach that comes with 4 six volt batteries. No additional circuit breaker or cut off switch. Worked great.
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Are you meaning just use the two 6volts that are there and not add the extra batteries
No, add 2 more 6 volt batteries in series, then parallel them with the originals.
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