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Old 12-29-2010, 02:37 AM   #1
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More batteries

I like to boondock so I'm going to install more battery capacity. I'm sure others here have installed larger battery banks. Where did you put the batteries?

I'm familiar with DC power systems from my work. I've got lots of battery options, work connections help with this too.

I'd love to see some pictures of battery bank installs in your georgetown.

I'm going to install an inverter too, anyone have good pictures of their inverter install? Where did you install your inverter?
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:26 AM   #2
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I have a 5th wheel so my installation may not be very helpful (except as an example). What ever you do make sure you:

1) Have a battery set disconnect switch
2) Wire the house (+) cable to one battery and the house (-) cable to the other one.
Do this even if you have 2 12vDC batteries in parrallel to avoid over working the battery closest to the house connections.

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Old 12-29-2010, 08:39 AM   #3
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On my fiver I just took the front storage compartment and made it a giant battery box. I currently have 4 and probably next spring will have 6 deep cycles up there.
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On my fiver I just took the front storage compartment and made it a giant battery box. I currently have 4 and probably next spring will have 6 deep cycles up there.
Are they 6 or 12 volt batteries?

Remember to maintain even charging and discharging they have to be wired in "cells" so that the current flow is identical through each battery.
This will avoid overworking one battery and allowing the others to "loaf" along.

http://www.solarrvpanels.com/index.p...s-in-parallel/

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Old 12-29-2010, 09:00 AM   #5
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"I currently have 4 and probably next spring will have 6 deep cycles up there."

Six batteries !!??
That is a heck of a lot of extra weight, not to mention the cost of the batteries. I assume you do a lot of dry camping?
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:12 AM   #6
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We spend about half of our camping year "dry camping" and the campgrounds (FAMCAMPs) that we use have very restrictive "quiet hours."

Charging and maintaining the batteries is a significant part of my "chores."
We are also heavy "electronics" users after sundown, so we not only need lights, TV, surround sound, and computer; but since Florida has been freakin' COLD! the heater has to last the night.

So far 2 DC-24s have been plenty for us.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:14 AM   #7
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herk, using all of those appliances, how long does a battery charge last?
Do you have 6 deep cycles?
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Old 12-29-2010, 01:51 PM   #8
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No, just the two 12 volt DC-24s.

It used to go flat pretty often until I put in the 2nd battery and learned how to manage the charge. See attachment.

Also the TM2025 monitoring system helps me manage the battery perfectly and I was able to better utilize the capacity I do have.

That is why I did the 100% conversion to LED lights. Now my battery lasts almost 10 times longer than previously.
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I replaced the 2 stock 12volts with 4 6volts. Sorry no pictures until spring.

2 went into the stock location under the steps. The other 2 went into a vented battery box I built into the basement compartment in front of the door behind the passenger wheel. The basement on your DS is different than mine but I imagine you might be able to do the same thing. Venting is important if you put them in an enclosed space. Others have built battery racks up front in the engine compartment.
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Well I took the motorhome down to the local welding shop and had them cut out the old battery tray and install a new one large enough to hold the larger batteries. And four jars instead of just two.

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