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Old 01-23-2010, 11:01 PM   #1
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Converting to 6 volt batteries

In previous posts I have been advised to go with two 6 volt batteries instead of adding a second 12 volt one to get greater overall performance. My question concerns battery boxes. My Sabre 5th wheel has one box mounted in the forward compartment with a short length of flexible hose on the top of the box to a vent on the front wall and a hole in the bottom of the box open to the air.

This compartment is certainly not air tight (holes into the left and right LP tank compartments and gaps around the landing gear supports but do I need to reproduce the hose and vent arrangement when I replace the one box with two (or a dual box) for the 6 volt units?
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:54 PM   #2
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In previous posts I have been advised to go with two 6 volt batteries instead of adding a second 12 volt one to get greater overall performance. My question concerns battery boxes. My Sabre 5th wheel has one box mounted in the forward compartment with a short length of flexible hose on the top of the box to a vent on the front wall and a hole in the bottom of the box open to the air.

This compartment is certainly not air tight (holes into the left and right LP tank compartments and gaps around the landing gear supports but do I need to reproduce the hose and vent arrangement when I replace the one box with two (or a dual box) for the 6 volt units?
Without being able to see first hand what you have there, I would say that if the manufacturer saw fit to do it you probably had better too. The gasses given off during charging of batteries as you know is dangerous. If you haven't yet been to the 12 volt side of life site, I would suggest you check it out. Lots of great information there.

Good luck with the conversion. Where there is a will there is a way to do what you want to do.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:15 PM   #3
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The 12v Side of Life site is extremely old and has some outdated and flat out wrong information on it (specifically wiring diagrams). Our site is much more up-to-date and the information contained there is thoroughly checked for accuracy. Our battery page is http://rvroadtrip.us/library/12v_system.asp. Hopefully, it will be a help to you in your decision. There are other sites besides ours that offer a great deal of good battery information, and reviewing them will reinforce the quality of the data.

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