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Old 08-04-2010, 09:40 AM   #15
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There are no 6V batteries with two caps, as Richard has stated. On either your old ones or the new ones. Would have to be either one long cap or three individual ones for a 6V.

Any chance of posting a picture of the news ones? And maybe the old ones too?

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Old 08-04-2010, 10:10 AM   #16
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Last year I bought four replacement 12V house batteries not from Wal-Mart but the sales person did check each battery for voltage to make sure I got fresh and fully charged. Since Wal-Mart is basically self serve, I am afraid that you are going to have to mark this up for future experience. I feel sorry for your troubles.

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Old 08-04-2010, 01:43 PM   #17
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I called Wal-Mart and sounded like a young girl answered the auto dept phone. Told her I needed 6 six volt batteries for my motor home. I told her twice to make sure they were six volt!! Went to pick them up and no markings about voltage on them. The model # did have a -6 in it. Installed them and went to look on my voltage system in the coach to find out there was 24 volts!!! not 12. After several calls to Monaco and checking wireing (several hours gone by) I checked the voltage of a single batery. 12 volt not 6!!!!! Thank God the inverter stopped EVERYTHING from frying. The Trac Vison TV would not work-again several hours on phone and was able to hot wire it but it will not have any futher protection. NOW I found out the HWH air bag system will not work. I called them and tech told me the board was fried $1200. We may have it hot wired so it will level trying to get 2000 miles back home. Went to Wal-Mart and filed a claim but manager didn't think I had a case!!! Like I said I just need to vent. Headed to FMCA ralley and hope I can get hooked up with a HWH tech to maybe look at it???
Sorry for your problem, but YOU should have checked the voltage BEFORE installing them !! Never trust a sales clerk, they usually don't know much.

As others have said hope you didn't cause any permanent damage. Some DC stuff designed for 12v will not like the 24v at all !!


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Old 08-04-2010, 03:37 PM   #18
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My 10th grade electric shop teacher, a WWII Navy Seabee MCPO, (and my favorite teacher) famously said :
"If one does not understand basic electricity, one should rely on those that do."

And the young walmart clerk-lady would not be my first choice.

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I guess that is why WalMart is known for it's low mark up and not technical expertise. It could have been worse. You could have had your picture taken wearing a weird outfit and had it circulated on the internet.
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2 lessons to learn from this:

1- Never use the motorhome as the volt meter.

2- Harbor Freight has cheap voltmeters--
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And speaking of who Walmart hires-- The reason some girl is working in the auto department is because some guy who DOES know about auto parts is sitting at home on the couch collecting unemployment because "I'm worth more" than Walmart will pay him...

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