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Old 03-11-2016, 01:17 AM   #29
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6v. battery install

Another useful thing for boondocking..get a coffee pot for the stove, quiet in a campground with no hook-ups, w/o having to run generator, Amazon has a very nice one for about $20 bucks...
Also the celing lights in the new Jaco C's are led's but energy gobbing standard bulbs are in the microwave hood light, all the lights above the kitchen counters, the bed lights in the cabinet, the shower stall, the porch light, and all the storage bays..I replaced all these 12v. incadescent bulbs with LED bulbs, saves more energy for boondocking...
Amazon and E-bay good sources for these bulbs at very reasonable prices.

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Old 03-11-2016, 03:14 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by tagcat View Post
I agree the tray is to small.I am going to use the bay to the left install 2 amg gel 6 volt that way i have room for more later.Since i am new to the solar i have to do more research on putting this system together.I do not want to redo any thing. I thought all i had to do is add batteries& hook up my portable panels. Reading up on inverters,sine wave vs pure sine wave, c/b vs fuse.I lot of things this new-be base to learn on solar.My goal is to just watch tv & run a few lights while stopped for the night with no hook ups,no a/c or coffee pot.Keep the load light.
Thanks for all the help.
If all you want to do is what you say you probably already have the capacity or can just add a second battery. A lot of advice you are getting is for folks who want to live off grid like they do at home and/or driving big units.

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Old 03-12-2016, 05:41 AM   #31
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Heck yes. We just got back from a trip to AZ which included 3 weeks of dry camping. We have two Group 27 12v batteries. We never even got close to taxing them, even though we watched TV at night, used the furnace, and ran some small inverter loads as needed. One battery is not a good idea in that scenario. But you don't need two 6v batteries. What you get with the 6's is probably a longer life. (I've owned two RVs with two 6's.)
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Old 03-13-2016, 06:58 AM   #32
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FWIW - AFAIK - the deal with 6 V batteries is economic. Somebody figured out that 2 GC-1 golf car batteries were cheaper than the equivalent 12 V battery bank because GC-1's are a high volume widely used size. Production economy combined with competition pushes the price down. If GC-1's do not fit a unit then all bets are off over what is better cost wise. Capacity wise there is very little difference in the same size case with the same type of battery.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:47 AM   #33
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I couldn't fit two 6 volts in my Class C battery compartment, so I went with a Trojan Group 27 AGM. It was expensive, but it is a beast! That together with LED lights gives me plenty of power for a very long time even if I run the heat all night.
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Bearaboo, great suggestion. Do you remember what you had to give for the Gp27's?

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