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Old 07-06-2014, 11:09 PM   #1
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Battery suggestion

I have to replace my batteries and I am looking for the best suggestion. The battery tray on my motorhome will only fit 3 batteries. I am sometimes off grid for 4 or 5 days. What would give me the best bang for the buck, 2 6volts, 2 or 3 12volts, or should I see if I can modify my tray to fit 4 6volts? I am trying to keep my genny use to a minimum.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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6 volt and solar panels to take the demand off the generator. AGM Glass Mat batteries come in all sizes and do not vent meaning they are maintenance free and can be located in cargo bays.
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The battery tray on my motorhome will only fit 3 batteries.
I thought I could only fit 3 on my house batt tray until I stopped thinking linear. Not sure this will work for you but I made a square pattern on the lower tray and my 3 battery limitation turned into 4. We also dry camp quite a bit. The Lifeline's are great (and expensive), I used the GPL-4CT 6V's. Note that you can also mount these on their sides, they don't have to stand upright. Be sure to have high quality heavy gauge cables made up.

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Trojan T-105's 4 x 6 volt, many solar apps use them too.

figure how to make them fit

About $100 ea
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:25 AM   #5
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You did not state what size if 12v batts. Here are some flooded group 27's:

115 ah/20-hr rate-
27TMH | Trojan Battery Company

105 ah/20-hr rate-
27TMX | Trojan Battery Company

115 ah/20-hr rate-
SCS200 | Trojan Battery Company

Remember, for 12v batts the ah is cumulative on each. I hope you have the converter/charger to handle 3 of these.
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I miss being able to use 4 GC2 batteries in my tray by 1/4" I will be moving my chassis battery to the front using one of these

Drop Down Group 24 Battery Holder

A friend did it last year and it worked out well
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Is it ok using true deep cycle even though the genny starts off the house bstteries?
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Is it ok using true deep cycle even though the genny starts off the house bstteries?

Yes. The starting current required to start the generator is modest and well within the capability of deep cycle batteries.
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You have been innovative in managing to place extra batteries.

We had really good luck with 4 x glass mat 12V batteries with our original solar rig. This was transferred from a Maxi-Lite TT to 34' Open Range 5th wheel. The 5th wheel had a lot more space for batteries and panels. Current system has the batteries, controllers, battery chargers, inverter etc in the front bay which is designed to carry an Onan 5.6 kW generator. Another Open Range owner has placed 8 large large batteries in that bay.
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Ok, I just measured my battery tray and it is 13" 21". No way to fit 4 6 volt batts. So, 2 6volts or 3 12volts?
By the way, I am in Canada and the lowest price on Trojan t105 here is $155 .
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can you make a small rack to stack them?

do you have height?

do what ever it takes to find the room
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Looks like 3 of these would fit your space.

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We wanted to go with the GC2's so bad we put half in the battery bay and half on the other side of the wall from the battery bay. Sometimes you just have to think outside the "battery box!" \ken
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Looks like 3 of these would fit your space.

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look at the amp hours?????

Never make it off the grid for more than 2 days
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