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Old 03-13-2019, 02:19 PM   #1
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Adding Batteries

Looking into the option of adding batteries. I know one option is to move the starting battery to the engine compartment, and then installing a couple 6 volt in the tray above the other 6 volt batteries.

If you've done that, how did you mount the starting battery, anything to be concerned about doing that.

How do you wire in the addition 6 volt batteries. Any tricks?


Was it worth the effort?
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That depends on the age of the batteries your adding to.

If they are a year or more old and well used, you may want to just run them full capacity, 100% to 10%, until they don't perform well, then replace all of them at once.
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My 04 Dynasty had the two engines batteries on racks mounted to the channel that runs across the back. By lowering the rack for the 4 house batteries, I was able to add a second rack and 4 more batteries...well worth it. Paralleled the additional 4 12V to the bottom 4 12V.

When I went residential I added batteries on either side of the 2 engine batteries so there is plenty of room back there and plenty of structure to support them.

If the no load voltage of your current batteries after a day unhooked is within 0.1V of the new batteries I would not worry about mixing them.
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Before doing anything I do a load test on the batteries, they are about 6 years old (although haven't been used much in the last 3 years) so it may be time to replace anyway.

The purpose of the addition of batteries is that I am getting ready to install a Samsung RF18 and want the extra capacity.

Looking at options and this seems like a viable option.
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