Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > RV SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES FORUMS > RV Systems & Appliances
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-11-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
Rv wet cell batteries or golf cart batteries!?

Hi there
In another post I mentioned we lost power and generator won't stay on. Found out today that my batteries are broken. The terminal snapped off.

So I need to get 2 new batteries.

This is new territory for me as I'm not an electrical genius nor domi like playing with big batteries

Question 1. Where is a good place to find them while on the road?
Question 2. Do,u think this is an easy enough job for me to do myself.
Obviously following directions.

It's so cold ne not having power is not good. Getting hotel for tonight but need to get this fixed ASAP.

Thx for any advice.

Ps we have a 2000 40' coachman sports coach special addition
illusionist is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-11-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,232
Are you always traveling with 120VAC power incoming? Or do you camp with only battery power a lot?

Do you have tools, have a respect for electricity, and can you lift?
jesilvas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2014, 07:42 PM   #3
Senior Member
clyon51's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Angola State Prison - Murder
Posts: 4,230
The best bang for the buck is two 6v Golf Cart batteries designated as GC2. They can be had at Costco or Sam's club for $85 a piece. This gives you about 230 AHs. If you currently have 6v batteries, this is the way to go. If you currently have two 12v batteries, you would need to wire the new ones in series rather than parallel. If this confuses you, read this:

If you are still confused, at least get true Deep Cycle if your current batteries are 12v.
John & Clare Lyon
2007 43.5' Monaco Dynasty Palace III (All Electric)
Towd: 2011 Chevy Equinox
clyon51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2014, 07:48 PM   #4
Senior Member
vsheetz's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 15,686
Take pictures and make a wiring diagram of the interconnect wiring before disconnecting anything. There are many threads here of people who did not and are then trying to figure out why things don't work afterwards.

Check yellow pages for a battery company. Usually a reasonable price and they will usually install for no added charge.
Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
vsheetz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2014, 09:19 PM   #5
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
We full time and boon dock 4-5 days a week. And try to stay at rv park for weekend

I have the manual to show what to do and yes I have 6volt already in there.

I was at a shop to have the work done but after 2 hours they tell me they can not do it cause they don't have the batteries. They also could not do my oil change on the generator cause they did not have the fuel filter. They also could not fix something else I needed. Needless to say won't be going back to them. Ever!

Trying to get this fixed so we can have heat and power back. Hotels are getting expensive as the nights are just too cold to stay in the rv.

Thx for your help

illusionist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2014, 09:45 PM   #6
Senior Member
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 185

Just a simple thought, not sure where you are, why don't you try to find a RV park to stay at. Cheaper that a motel and that way you can run the heater to protect your plumbing while cold at night.

Tom and Barb
2000 Bounder 39Z
tnrvers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2014, 05:22 AM   #7
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
Tom an rv park would be great but there are none around here that can get us in. Even if they had room they were all snowed in.
We can't even find water and a dump station anywhere!

It was so much better out in the mid west and west coast. Even cold out there they had rv parks open. The ones around here are all closed for the season and the ones that are open got nothing. Hotel was the only option.
Plus there were no parks near where I have to be 8 am this morning for my shows

Hoping I between my shows I can find some one that sells the batteries and then tonight I will put them in myself before the storm hits.

Thx everyone.

illusionist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2014, 05:47 AM   #8
Senior Member

Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 4,839
Originally Posted by illusionist View Post
Trying to get this fixed so we can have heat and power back.
Is the weather below 32 degrees ? If so, how are you keeping the pipes from splitting without heat?
pasdad1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2014, 10:22 AM   #9
Senior Member
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 4,574
I think many places that sell the batteries will install them for you at no or little cost. You might ask about installation along with battery price.
Bob, Sandi,Tasha a Frenchie and Tiki a Skipperkey
SW OREGON 2004 Dolphin
If towing: a 2006 Mini Cooper or 2015 RAM Limited 4X4 or a 86 El Camino on a trailer
1ciderdog is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bounder: Adding batteries to 2014 Bounder, where? Bruadair Fleetwood Owner's Forum 8 05-17-2015 05:22 AM
Coachmen: Charging House Batteries steinjef Forest River Owners Forum 4 02-08-2014 05:18 AM
Generator not charging chassis batteries glemo81540 Newmar Owner's Forum 7 02-05-2014 09:21 PM
Fresh batteries ??? danes-on-tour RV Systems & Appliances 1 01-28-2014 03:36 PM
Costco 6V golf cart batteries ballard770 RV Systems & Appliances 6 11-22-2013 09:05 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:22 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.