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Old 08-06-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Golf Cart Batteries

After reviewing a lot of posts on different forums I decided that I would like to replace my Group 27 battery with two 6 volt golf cart batteries. I say two as there is not room for four in my 235S.

Turns out there isn't room under the step for the higher profile of the GC2 batteries.

Has anyone successfully installed the GC2s under the step? Did you have a riser built to accommodate the higher profile? Did the odd height make the steps awkward to climb?
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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Someone on here put an oak strip on the step well edge and raised the step well lid to accommodate the taller batteries.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:06 AM   #3
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I had hoped to install 4 batteries but there is barely room for 2!

Well I accomplished the installation of the golf cart batteries. I used double sided 3M tape to attach 3/4 inch hardwood strips all around the bottom of the step cover.

I had to shave a little off of one of the spacers at the bottom of the battery compartment as the new batteries are slightly wider than the group 27 battery.

Wired the batteries in series. Lucked out and found a pre-made 2 gauge jumper to connect the batteries. (4 gauge were readily available, but I wanted to match the existing cabling)

thumb screws are now too short to hold down the step cover so using standard Philips head screws until I can find some longer thumb screws.

Pics to follow.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:40 AM   #4
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Initial testing went well. New batteries tested at 12.4 volts and everything looked great.

This morning, around 6:30 AM Hooked up 110 and checked the charge voltage. Reading 13.7. OK, probably topping things off, I;m thinking.

Away from the Solera all day with it plugged in.

Wife reports that around 10 AM she heard the CO alarm sound. she went to check on it and it stopped sounding after a couple of minutes, It did not alarm again as far as she knows.

Got home around 4PM, hear the story and checked.

Voltage still 13.7 (still in charge mode?).

Removed fill caps from one of the batteries. Instant CO alarm.

silenced the alarm, checked voltage at the battery still 13.7. while plugged into shore power. Disconnected shore power and ran the slide out and turned on a few lights and it reads 12.8-12.9, indicating a full charge.



Long story - short question. Is it normal to get a co alarm (from the hydrogen gas) when charging the battery from shore power? I have never had that happen before.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:29 AM   #5
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Just a thought. Is it possible that the retrofit allows more gas to escape from the compartment than the OEM fit of the step, thus triggering the alarm. Try repeating the charge process with similiar voltage levels in your batteries with just the screen door and see if that changes the results.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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That is a bad location for that CO detector mounting instructions for that monitor states not to mount it closer than 12 inches from a door. I received a new monitor a few weeks ago after the other one kept going off. Haven't had the Solera plugged into a shore line without someone inside since putting the new monitor in so don't know if the problem will reoccur. If it does I'm looking at relocating the monitor away for it's current location.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:25 PM   #7
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Good thought. I left the original gasket material around the rim of the battery box but there are small gaps in the corners of the risers.

Question. Is the battery box intended to be air/water tight to the coach with all ventilation via the two inch hole at the rear of the compartment and under the coach?
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Just checked and the CO is detector is 14 inches from the door. Right over the battery compartment though.
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Yes batteries are meant to only vent to the outside and not into the coach. I think you just found your problem. You need to seal the battery case to keep hydrogen gas from coming into the coach.
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