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Old 05-11-2012, 12:25 PM   #43
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ok This has got to be the funniest/blondest thing I have ever done. I was trying to test the batteries and could not find out why I could not good a good reading. I did have the voltimeter turned to volts but on each battery there was still a plastic cap on one of the connections. I could not see very well last night so I would place the meter on the neg. connection/metal round thing and then place it on the other battery on the pos. connection but what i realized this morning is that on the right battery there is a plastic cap over the pos. connection. And on the left battery there is a plastic cap over one of the connections also. So everytime i tried to get a reading I would connect to one metal connection and one plastic cap. Ha

Now that I have removed the plastic caps I am reading 6.8 on left 6.7 on right and 13.5ish between.
Is this good? I hope
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marine batteries?

I found an mn on my 6v batteries and nowhere is mention on deep cycle. so I think I have marine batteries. Why would someone put marine batteries. Should I replace with deep cycle?
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:04 PM   #45
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The voltage readings you have show a full charge. More than likely they are deep cycle marine type batteries. The only way to evaluate them is to have them load tested. Most auto parts stores will do it free of charge.
They would also be able identify them and tell the amp hour rating.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #46
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Amazon solar charger

Amazon.com: BatteryMINDer Solar Charging System - 12 Volt, 15 Watt Panel, Model# SCC-015: Patio, Lawn & Garden

Does anyone have an opinion on this solar battery charger/tender?

OR this one that is foldable.
http://www.amazon.com/StrongVolt-Sol...6796138&sr=1-1
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Hey RVLADY, well, in my opinion, save your money. These are very small and won't do much to charge your batteries. Once you get the rig running and the genny going on a regular basis, your batteries will stay charged.

I would rather employ a trickle charger to charge the batteries when you are in storage and the rig is not being used. One that will exercise the batteries and prevent them from sulfating, i.e., overcharging.

I have one of those little 5 Watt solar panels and it really doesn't do much, the one with the USB cable is interesting as it could be used to charge a cell phone or something like that.

But that is just my opinion and you know everyone has one:B
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Both of those are maintainer type chargers, good only for running small draw appliances ( lap top or cellphone) or keeping stored batteries charged.

The general consensus is 75-130 watts of solar for every 100 amp hours of house battery.
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We just did a two day trial run at the beautiful place we will be boondocking in the summer. I turned off the main chassis switch the whole time. I ran the generator for 45 minutes a day. The chassis battery stayed about 12.65 and the house stayed about the same. We were very conservative on using any house power but we did have the heater running for half the night. Looks like I might be o.k. without a charger or solar panels. I will post pics tonight of the place that we will be so you can see how pretty it is.

p.s. I did my first dutch oven too. And it was yummy!
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It sounds like things are coming together for you !
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I'm guessing that since there is no electricity where you will be boondocking
this summer, there is no sewer system either.
So with 8 kids, you will be driving to empty your black and gray tanks often,
that driving will help keep the batteries charged, too.

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