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Old 02-08-2016, 10:41 PM   #11
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That, I do not know. Size could be the same but they are definitely not the same step well because the Sunseeker has an integrated step and the MBS models have a single power step.
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:22 PM   #12
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For the interested folks who want to know how much battery You can install in the Sunseeker step well. After much research and pondering, I just finished installing 2 AGM Deep Cycle group 31M. Just enough room but tie down is not usable. Place battery on right and slide far left due to wiring. Place 2nd on right and slide both to center. These batteries are heavy. 70 lbs each.
Due to pricing, I choose Duracell 31DTMAGM 105 20AH Rate from Sams Club. Hope it was a good choice. Pictures attached for reference. I looked at Trojans, Lifeline, and others, double the price. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-20-2016, 06:27 PM   #13
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You really should look at some way of bolting them down, vibration = batteries worst enemy.
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Old 02-20-2016, 09:55 PM   #14
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Good point. I will noodle on it. Anyone have any ideas? Just can not use the strap. Thinking about hard foam backer board. Thank you for the input.


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Old 02-20-2016, 10:20 PM   #15
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Another advantage of the AGM batteries maybe limited off-gassing unlike flooded batteries are prone to. I have come out to my motorhome parked in the hangar and heard the CO/gas detector going off. It wasn't a propane leak, but I suspect the off-gassing of the coach batteries during a de-sulphation cycle of the on- board battery charger.

As Mr. Clemens has stated, the Isata 3 uses Group 31 AGM batteries - now we just have to figure out their hold-down method and copy it.

I'm changing out my flooded batteries for Optimas or equivalent before our next trip. I think they also have a much slower self-discharge rate.
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Old 02-20-2016, 10:40 PM   #16
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Good point. I will noodle on it. Anyone have any ideas? Just can not use the strap. Thinking about hard foam backer board. Thank you for the input.
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You said the Magic Word. Sorry, no duck or $100.

Magic word is Noodle. Swim Noodle foam is great for all sorts of protection, shimming, insulation, etc. It's closed cell, so it doesn't absorb moisture, and it is somewhat more flexible than rigid foam insulation board.
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Old 02-20-2016, 11:31 PM   #17
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I installed the Sam's Duracell in my Pleasure Way. They were great. You'll be very happy with your choice
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:21 AM   #18
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You said the Magic Word. Sorry, no duck or $100.

Magic word is Noodle. Swim Noodle foam is great for all sorts of protection, shimming, insulation, etc. It's closed cell, so it doesn't absorb moisture, and it is somewhat more flexible than rigid foam insulation board.

Noodles, who would have thought and I just happen to have one or two. Wonder why that is? That would be great. One in the back and one in front, one on top so the step will squish it down. That will work until a better solution is devised. Thank you.


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Old 02-21-2016, 11:10 AM   #19
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Took the advice and i know it is not very elegant but batteries are tight. I had to split the noodles and inter-lap them. Then I Slipped a thin piece of styrofoam between the batteries. I stood the noodles up so i could remove them. Cut a noodle in half and placed the two pieces on top of the batteries. They compressed nicely when i put the step back. Any comment, thoughts are always appreciated
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:47 PM   #20
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I went with a little smaller Duracell AGM from SamsClub

We don't do dry camping, so I don't need massive reserve, but do need to replace the batteries that came with our 2015 SOlera, as they are shot. The first owner was not aware of the problem boiling them off and letting them run dry down to the plates. With the AGM's I don't need to worry about that, and I also upgraded the Power Converter by adding the 'Wizard' - which makes it a bit smarter when charging.

I found the 34MAGM's at Sams Club for $119. They are lighter and smaller, save me $120, and fit in the stair well nicely. I am aware they don't have the reserve capacity that I had, but I don't use them that way
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