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Old 08-31-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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Newby question

Trailer has no battery, battery mount/box.....just 2 wires hanging down.

What type of battery works best for these TT's.....
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'll let our trailer experts offer specific advice but it would help them if you listed the year, make and model of your rig so they can offer more applicable advice. It's a good idea to list this in your signature line so it's always visible to someone reading your questions.

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'll let our trailer experts offer specific advice but it would help them if you listed the year, make and model of your rig so they can offer more applicable advice. It's a good idea to list this in your signature line so it's always visible to someone reading your questions.

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I have in my signature all the information I have at this time.......calling Skyline next week to see if they can give me a little history on it.
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You want a real deep cycle battery sized to fit whatever battery box you have/get. 12 V for a single battery but somebody will say "use 2 - 6 V golf cart batteries in series". Basically the more battery the better without creating a mechanical problem.
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Looks like a trailer of that vintage runs propane for almost everything. Only thing electric would be lights.....maybe a microwave? Does it have an Airconditioner?

Of course usually the fridge requires 12 volts to run its control circuitry. Is there a television?
Has it been upgraded to a flat panel ?

The blower motor for the propane heat also uses 12 volts.

Depends upon how much you intend to use the trailer, as to how much you should spend on a battery. A battery becomes "another mouth to feed". If you buy an expensive battery but don't take care of it properly, it will not last long. If you buy an inexpensive battery you can consider it "throw away" if you only use the trailer a few times a year. Totally up to you.

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Ed,

The question really comes down to what do you plan to do with it when you can live it???

The unit is old enough that the reefer may not need 12VDC to work. It also may not have a potable water pump. I don't know anything about this unit, but you will soon. So, if all you have on the battery is lights, any cheap 12V will do for a weekend. If you have a reefer, a water pump and fans, you better look for more.

You also have to plan to charge that battery somehow.

Don't spend extra money on a "marine deep cycle starting battery". They are
just plain old car batteries with fancy terminals. If you want the wing nut terminals, just buy the adapters.

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Don't spend extra money on a "marine deep cycle starting battery". They are
just plain old car batteries with fancy terminals. If you want the wing nut terminals, just buy the adapters.

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Seriously? You think deep cycle and cranking batteries are the same?

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Seriously? You think deep cycle and cranking batteries are the same?

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Rick,

I really hate being mis-quoted.
I wrote "Marine Deep Cycle Starting" batteries for a reason.
Nowhere did I say that deep cycle and cranking batteries are the same.
I have personal friends in the industry and they are who told me that the above mentioned are really just automotive batteries with the dual post design.

And you know what??
If you actually take the time to find and read the minimal specifications that are available, you will see that the CCA and RC are often identical. This means that the plates and electrolyte density are also the same. That means you are paying the difference for the posts and that is all.

True deep cycle batteries are very different than cranking batteries. Unfortunately, acquiring a single 12V deep cycle battery may be difficult as most are 6 or 8V. You will not find them at a car parts store.

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Rick,

I really hate being mis-quoted.
I wrote "Marine Deep Cycle Starting" batteries for a reason.
Nowhere did I say that deep cycle and cranking batteries are the same.
I have personal friends in the industry and they are who told me that the above mentioned are really just automotive batteries with the dual post design.

And you know what??
If you actually take the time to find and read the minimal specifications that are available, you will see that the CCA and RC are often identical. This means that the plates and electrolyte density are also the same. That means you are paying the difference for the posts and that is all.

True deep cycle batteries are very different than cranking batteries. Unfortunately, acquiring a single 12V deep cycle battery may be difficult as most are 6 or 8V. You will not find them at a car parts store.

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Sorry Matt. I missed the part about them being "Marine Deep Cycle STARTING" batteries. I should have read more carefully.

I'm familiar with the batteries you mention and have used them in a true "deep cycle" application as house batteries... without much success so I'm sure you information on them is correct.

As for finding true 12v deep cycle batteries.. I sure haven't been able to find them in either auto parts stores or the big box stores... hence my use of the "marine deep cycle starting batteries". But, I did just get some via the place that services my golf cart. Trojan T 1250s I believe they are and working great.

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Use caution when installing a battery. Many RVs use black wiring for power and white for ground ; trace the wires before you hook up.
More info here.

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1).
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Sorry Matt. I missed the part about them being "Marine Deep Cycle STARTING" batteries. I should have read more carefully.

I'm familiar with the batteries you mention and have used them in a true "deep cycle" application as house batteries... without much success so I'm sure you information on them is correct.

As for finding true 12v deep cycle batteries.. I sure haven't been able to find them in either auto parts stores or the big box stores... hence my use of the "marine deep cycle starting batteries". But, I did just get some via the place that services my golf cart. Trojan T 1250s I believe they are and working great.

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Rick,

Congratulations on finding the Trojan 12V. It was a good choice. They are a very effective jar, but most people are not ready for the investment.

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