First Mod-Dual 6v, new battery box and monitor
First off a big thank you to so many of you that have made great mods and suggestions.
When we bought our A-Frame I knew I would need a new battery and elected to swap the 2012 dealer installed battery for dual 6v Duracell 125's from Batteries Plus. When all was said and done with rebates and online order discounts I spend less than $83 a battery. I also had to cut and re-weld the battery box brace. I cut out the angle iron end piece, re-welded it to the end and added an additional center brace where the original end brace was for additional support. The battery box is from allbatteriessalesandservice dot com. Arrived quickly and with only minor modifications necessary on original welded frame pieces.
I added a battery tender pig tail as a result of Fred's suggestion that the long term battery charging on the camper might be too high a voltage for long term use, this allows me to keep a tender on it during the summer vs. plugged into shore power.
Last but not least I added a Accutire MS-51 Bluetooth battery monitor. It's a cool and inexpensive idea...a blue tooth monitor that gives some great battery data. I'm still undecided on what direction I want to go with solar vs gen and all that and I do want to add USB charging capability on the microwave cabinet and would most likely do a voltage monitor as well, but this cool little device lets me check the battery level while sitting in the camper from my phone. At less than $25 it was worth a shot!
Let me know what you all think!!