Mixing RV and Starting batteries in MH?
I've done several searches on Forest River forums and several times come across someone saying "Don't mix the two types". Hopefully I'm not beating a dead horse here, but:
By hooking two types up in parallel, wouldn't you get the best of both types? I'm not convinced yet it wouldn't work fine.
I've got to figure out what to do with my '07 Coachman 2600SO. I boondocked all last summer no problem, staying out 2-3 days with occasional generator runs to charge things up and make coffee. I've got LED lights everywhere, and the only big draw is the furnace. First time out this year the batteries died in the middle of the second night. They are both Exide batteries; without pulling them I'd say they are starter batteries (can't read the sides). They were down to 7.0 volts DC. I couldn't start the generator or the diesel engine, and when I punched the emergency start, nothing either. I got out the jumper cables, and hooked up the dead batteries to the emergency battery (it was at 12.6 VDC) to get things going again.
I've had this rig only a year or so, and the old coach batteries are labeled "shipped in Aug 2011" so they aren't too old. They seem to do both coach and engine starting duties together. Maybe go dual purpose batteries? I'd really like to have deep cycle capacity, since I'm always in the sticks.
2007 Coachman Freelander 26' w/ E-450 6.0 diesel
1982 El Dorado Bermuda 27' w/ E-350 460 gas (sold)