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Old 05-08-2016, 12:30 AM   #1
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More Batteries?

Hi All,

Just got a new (to us) TT, 2014 Augusta Flex. There is one battery on the tongue. There is room for one-two more batteries. Would this be something to do or should I disregard this idea altogether?

We do plan on doing a lot of boondocking in the future. Also am planning on adding solar panels on top to aid in charging the battery(ies) up as well as using the generator.

Second thought on this, would it be advisable to use lead acid or AGM type batteries if I do this?

Thanks for any and all input.
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Two six volt batteries, either AGM or wet cell, will provide more capacity. That said, just one pair is a minimal setup for dry camping.
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Batteries are not just the number. You have to understand the amp/hour ratings. Two 6-volt batteries may or may not be better for boondocking. They do have better durability but because the amp/hour rating may not be better than your 12 volt battery, they don't just automatically become better.

Two 6-volt in series adds the voltage but the amp/hour rating does not double. Two 12-volt batteries in parallel, adds the amp/hour but not the voltage.

There are many articles online that will provide a better understanding to allow the right decision.


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I'll not comment on what you need for batteries but will as far as added weight to that tongue (didn't realize Augusta made TTs), you may be 'messing up' the weight balance with 2 or more additional 50-70 pound batteries and making it a real towing monster. A bank of solar panels and/or an inverter gen set or two in the bed of your TV might be a better way.
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FWIW I would start with what I had and see how it worked then think about changes. I would start by making sure I had a real deep cycle storage battery not somebody's old car battery as a place holder.
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I have two wet cell deep cycle 12V in parallel, and a 500 watt inverter to a dedicated plug in the trailer. I can go about 5 days this way, being conservative on power use. Carry a 3000 watt gen along too for longer periods of 110v stuff.
I would go AGM if you have the $$. Do a inventory of all your appliance loads you would use, and go from there. Bigger is better.
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Hi,

Thanks to all who answered my questions. I have talked with DW on some of the answers, and on solar panels, she is saying to wait. But on the others, with more batteries, and the gennies, will have to get another Ryobi 2000, hook up in series to give us 4000 watts. That ought to do it. Especially for late fall up North. Can't help but to remember the fall of 2014, freezing my butt off up there.
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