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Old 01-31-2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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Replacement battery recommendation

I've got an '01 All-American Sport that needs a new battery. Never bought a deep-cycle battery before. Can someone offer advice? Thanks.

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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Well in my case I went with two 6V GC2 Golf cart batteries from Costco ($75 each) and I have been a very, very happy camper. These are true deep cycle batteries.

I had to change the battery box(es) - got 2 of them form JC Whitney for $10 each - as the batteries are 1-2 inches taller. They fit nicely right behind by propane tanks.

Lots of juice now - over 200 amps - compared to 80 with a single Group 24 12V.

My 2 cents.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:31 PM   #3
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Interstate make a decent battery that can get serviced across the country.
Deka and Trojan make high end batteries for boondockers. Sams Club and Costco offer lower cost alternatives.
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Thanks for the input. Anyone else?
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Seems to me like 2 6volt would just add extra weight, and cost twice as much.
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Yes does seem so.

Do a bit of research and you'll read of the many advantages of 2 X 6V batteries.
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Seems to me like 2 6volt would just add extra weight, and cost twice as much.
Dual 6 volt batteries have their place in the RV community.

The advantage of dual 6 volt batteries is the ability to have a good amount of amp hours available for dry camping. 2-6's carry the advantage of having the capacity beyond dual group 24 batteries --- kinda like running 2 group 27 batteries, but two of those will not fit on my camper.

So if dry camping power is a priority, 2-6v's are worth considering.

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agreed, if you never dry camp or boondock and always have hookups, then one 12 deep cycle battery is good enough.

but if you plan to dry camp or boondock, two 12v or 6v deep cycle/golf cart batteries are a must.
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I am sold on the Trojan batteries. My last TT had a Trojan SCS225 12V and it was all I ever needed. They are a little spendy but well worth it. Still going strong after 5 years. I have also had good luck with Interstate.
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Thanks for your comments. The trailer is parked in a field, away from any/all conventional electricity. I've purchased a 15W solar trickle feeder. The trailer gets used for a weekend every month or so. In winter, it's nice to have some heat here in MI. Spring through Fall I just need some light for an hour or so. Hope that helps tailor advice. Thanks again.
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in that case, two Trojan 6v golf cart batteries would do the trick, especially with a solar charger.
you may want to install a battery disconnect switch, to give you that option.
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There's the switch on the tongue between the LP tanks. Is that enough or should I splice something into the cables?
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There's the switch on the tongue between the LP tanks. Is that enough or should I splice something into the cables?
that has nothing to do with the batteries, that should be for switching propane tanks.
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When we bought out MH, the single house battery was shot. There was enough room in the battery tray for two batteries the siz of the one that was there. After some research, we went to Costco and bought a pair of their deep-cycle marine/RV 12v batteries and the necessary cables to hook up a pair in parallel.

Two years later, they're fine. We don't boondock camp at all and are usually on the CG's power grid, so they haven't had to work very hard. IIRC, they were about $70 each.
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Probably an easier way - for now - would be to simply disconnect the POS + battery post, that powers down everything.

Eventually you will want to install a disconnect switch - similar to this one:
Amazon.com: Perko 9601DP Marine Battery Disconnect Switch: Automotive

This will keep your battery(ies) from draining between outtings.

Look around the forum, there are many discussions on this.

Your 15 watts solar panel will not charge that much, but will help a bit in maintaining a full charge.

Good luck.
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While 15W may not seem like a lot in terms of charging, I hope you have a charge controller on there as well...even 15W can overcharge your battery if it's left on there, day in and day out, with no way for it to shut off when your battery is full. Check out something like this:

eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

It will monitor your battery's level of charge and shut off the charging when it's full so you don't cook off your electrolyte.
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The unit I bought is called BatteryMINDer. Pretty sure there is a regulator that maintains the charge at 13.4V, but I'll look into it; thanks. The switch between the LP tanks (not connected to LP line) definitely controls current to the trailer. I get gas to the stove no matter the position of the switch, but nothing electrical runs unless the switch is flipped. Just wondering if this would satisfy the goals of the recommended switch above since no juice is flowing when in the Off position.
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well, without any pics, it sounds like a previous owner installed that.
that probably wasn't stock but i don't know much about that brand of trailer.

by what you describe, i'd assume that that functions as a battery disconnect switch.
pics of it would help a lot.
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Sorry. I'd really like to post a pic for you, but the trailer's 280 miles from me.
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The unit I bought is called BatteryMINDer. Pretty sure there is a regulator that maintains the charge at 13.4V, but I'll look into it; thanks.
So, your 15W solar charger is a BatteryMinder? I thought the BatteryMinder was a plug in 120V unit? If it's an entire unit, then it probably does have a charge controller on it. It sounded like maybe you just had a solar panel hooked to your battery, which sounds like a good idea initially until your battery bursts from too much charge! But it sounds like you have what you need. Just make sure it has the ability to monitor charge level and shut off to prevent overcharging. Good luck!
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