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Old 01-16-2015, 04:46 PM   #1
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Batteries

As I am searching for a new 5th Wheel, I'm finding that the new ones only have 1 12V deep cycle battery. My 2004 Gulf Stream Yellowstone came with 2. Is this the new norm? Is it because most of the new units have LED's instead of florescent blubs?
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:48 PM   #2
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If you are going to be on hook ups always one is plenty. Boon docking, the more the merrier. Residential fridge would also benefit from more batteries
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:58 PM   #3
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Think the norm is one battery. If you try to boondock in the cold your one battery may not last the night when you're running your furnace. It's relatively simple and inexpensive to install a second battery.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:05 PM   #4
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I agree with Glenn, If you always park with hookups do not worry.

IF you boondock wait till this one goes south and upgrade to a pair of Six Volt in series,, or a single 12 volt 4D, deep cycle (Basically the same thing in either case)

Also, is it a deep cycle (Rare) or a Marine/Deep cycle (more common), The latter is ostly a starting battery and does not recover well if run down too far, True Deep cycle like the GC-2, recover much better from an OH C&&P type discharge.
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:45 AM   #5
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2 batteries

our Big Horn 3260 came with 2 batteries.
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:34 PM   #6
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Our Wildcat came with 2....think it may be more luck of the draw...
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Upgraded my Grp 24 to a Grp 27 prior to a long trip with some boondocking. Then upgraded that to a pair of 6V golf cart batteries.
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Our dealer put in two golf cart batteries. Haven't had an issue with our batteries in 4 years.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:28 PM   #10
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We actually have 4 batteries. Also a 2500 inverter. Power can go out for a few hours and we just keep going.
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Are the battery boxes big enough for more batteries? OR is it mod time to add more. Mine was built for 2 gp27 with slide out tray. I removed the tray and put in 2 gp 31 deep cycle batteries. My box not tall enough for the 6 volts.
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Are the battery boxes big enough for more batteries? OR is it mod time to add more. Mine was built for 2 gp27 with slide out tray. I removed the tray and put in 2 gp 31 deep cycle batteries. My box not tall enough for the 6 volts.
I bought a NOCO battery box designed for 2 Golf Cart batteries and replaced the single box. I also saw a quad box from another manufacturer, plus double boxes designed for end to end as well as side by side.
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