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Old 09-14-2015, 06:39 PM   #1
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Possibly stupid question...

I have a 2015 Sunseeker 3010DS and am looking into boondocking and all the issues around using the house batteries exclusively for a few days at a time. I've got a couple questions, the first one probably an ignorant one..

1. Without removing the batteries from the compartment where they live, I can't tell whether I have two 12v batteries or two 6v batteries. They are connected in series, but I can literally not see any of the information on the batteries themselves without disconnecting everything and lifting them up. I assume they are two 12v batteries, but does anyone now for sure?

2. On the Forest River site, the specs for my unit says "two deep cycle batteries, 1 on LE". What might that mean?

3. I've read a bunch of articles about how you really need to have a more sophisticated way to measure the charge status of your battery at any given time -- more precise than one of four lights on a panel, and the actual voltage being put out. I'd like to wire something up that I can mount somewhere and be able to see it anytime I need to. Any recommendations on what exactly I should get?
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:54 PM   #2
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Does each battery have three holes to fill with distilled water or 6 holes? Are they sealed batteries with no way to add water? 12v batteries have 6 holes and 6v will have 3 holes. Can you take a pic of what you have? Connected in series?......that would produce battery voltage x 2........ parallel will give you twice the amp hours.
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:03 PM   #3
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My rig is at the dealer getting some paint chips and a couple other minor issues resolved so I can't take a good one, but here's a screenshot from my walk through video. I haven't ever removed those rectangular caps that cover the water holes, but they look kind of wide, so maybe there are six under each? I don't know...may have to wait until I get it back to look. Thanks for the quick answer!

https://goo.gl/photos/uAYYqdVuRSXFKNMZ9

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Old 09-14-2015, 07:27 PM   #4
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Factory batteries are 12v. Are you going to an area that you cant run the generator to recharge the batteries?
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:33 PM   #5
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My rig is at the dealer getting some paint chips and a couple other minor issues resolved so I can't take a good one, but here's a screenshot from my walk through video. I haven't ever removed those rectangular caps that cover the water holes, but they look kind of wide, so maybe there are six under each? I don't know...may have to wait until I get it back to look. Thanks for the quick answer!

https://goo.gl/photos/uAYYqdVuRSXFKNMZ9

Those are 12v......3 holes under each cap. Those are wired in parallel.....which totals the amp hours for each battery.....2 batteries.....twice as long battery use.
positive to positive is parallel. Positive to negative is series.
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:45 PM   #6
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Gotcha....thanks for saving me from having to take them out
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:52 PM   #7
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Gotcha....thanks for saving me from having to take them out
Where in Va.?
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:00 PM   #8
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Petersburg...about half an hour south of Richmond
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:01 PM   #9
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If only there were some good boondockinho opportunities around here...
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:30 PM   #10
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Petersburg...about half an hour south of Richmond
I'm up here in Hanover
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