Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-20-2018, 11:02 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 604
Solar batteries

It's time to get new batteries for the coach...FR3 2015 30 Ds. Looking for something that I could use with solar panels ... Cost is not a factor. Just want the best what do you suggest and why
__________________

colourful64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2018, 01:06 AM   #2
Fulltime family RVer
 
ependydad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 19,515
If cost truly isnít a factor, then you canít beat lithium batteries. Less weight, higher usable amp hours, and they can take all of the charging capacity up to 100% full that you can throw at them. The downsides are cost and being temperature temperamental over 100 degrees F and under 32 degrees F.

http://learntorv.com/battery-upgrade/
__________________

__________________
2018 Ram 3500 DRW/crew cab/long bed/4x4/4.10 gears pulling a 2017 Spartan 1245 by Prime Time
Checkout my site for RVing tips, tricks, and info | My family and I have fulltimed since June 2015
ependydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2018, 01:49 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 604
Quote:
Originally Posted by ependydad View Post
If cost truly isnít a factor, then you canít beat lithium batteries. Less weight, higher usable amp hours, and they can take all of the charging capacity up to 100% full that you can throw at them. The downsides are cost and being temperature temperamental over 100 degrees F and under 32 degrees F.

http://learntorv.com/battery-upgrade/


Well the lithium are out... We travel Canada and will need something that can take extreme weather temoeratures
colourful64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2018, 01:53 AM   #4
Fulltime family RVer
 
ependydad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 19,515
Quote:
Originally Posted by colourful64 View Post
Well the lithium are out... We travel Canada and will need something that can take extreme weather temoeratures

Thatís often easily managed by installing them in a temperature controlled environment- like under a bed or booth dinette. They donít need to be vented like lead batteries.
__________________
2018 Ram 3500 DRW/crew cab/long bed/4x4/4.10 gears pulling a 2017 Spartan 1245 by Prime Time
Checkout my site for RVing tips, tricks, and info | My family and I have fulltimed since June 2015
ependydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2018, 03:51 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 604
Yes. That works fine when we are using the rig but what if we want to leave it for two weeks. Then we need a place store the batteries
colourful64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2018, 03:51 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 604
What about agm. Is that a good battery
colourful64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2018, 06:56 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 526
Quote:
Originally Posted by colourful64 View Post
Well the lithium are out... We travel Canada and will need something that can take extreme weather temoeratures
You can store lithiums inside the rv, no off gassing.
cmysstailights is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2018, 08:07 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 519
@colourful64, we just added that second battery rack to hold two more Group 31 AGM batteries on our rig. We went up to Duluth, MN over xmas and it was quite nice to not have to worry so much about the SOC on the batteries. One surprise was how much current the V10 alternator charges while driving. I think we saw 90-100 amps getting put back into the battery bank at one time. We went with the Sams Club Duracell AGM Group 31 and so far pretty happy, though only have year on them. Just wanted batteries that in case we have issues, a Sams club isn't too far from us. I'm sure if these die this year (knock on wood), I'll have a different tone about them. :-) We went with the AGM because I don't want to maintain the batteries by checking/adding water to them. We'll see.

Our solar is able to keep the rig topped off when at home, so plugging in isn't necessary during short storage. We did get down to 55-60% SOC after about 3 days of boondocking when it was cloudy/overcast, which is fine to me. Holler if you have any questions about solar/batteries on our 30DS.
__________________
Mike
2015 FR3 30DS
KansasFR3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2018, 02:12 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: West St. Paul, Manitoba
Posts: 863
Quote:
Originally Posted by colourful64 View Post
It's time to get new batteries for the coach...FR3 2015 30 Ds. Looking for something that I could use with solar panels ... Cost is not a factor. Just want the best what do you suggest and why
Have a look at two six volts here at this link.

rollsbattery.com
__________________
Of all the things I've lost in my life the thing I miss the most is my mind!
prairiecamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2018, 10:49 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 604
And her I am... A hollering... What did you use for solar? And how did you know where to mount them on the roof? And where did you put the batteries... Ps... Montana is warm compared to where we go at minus 35 lop
colourful64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2018, 10:19 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 519
Quote:
Originally Posted by colourful64 View Post
And her I am... A hollering... What did you use for solar? And how did you know where to mount them on the roof? And where did you put the batteries... Ps... Montana is warm compared to where we go at minus 35 lop
I used 4x180 watt Grape Solar panels. FR3 has Aluminum roof frames set about 4ft apart. There is a roof schematic in the FR3 forum. A stud finder also can be used to locate them. I just drilled a pilot hole, then screwed down the aluminum brackets. The extra two batteries are just aft of the existing batteries. I welded up a rack and its bolted to the chassis. We were in Minnesota where it was -20F at nights and worked pretty good. Wouldn't want to full time in that weather though. Too cold for me.
KansasFR3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2018, 11:28 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 604
Quote:
Originally Posted by KansasFR3 View Post
I used 4x180 watt Grape Solar panels. FR3 has Aluminum roof frames set about 4ft apart. There is a roof schematic in the FR3 forum. A stud finder also can be used to locate them. I just drilled a pilot hole, then screwed down the aluminum brackets. The extra two batteries are just aft of the existing batteries. I welded up a rack and its bolted to the chassis. We were in Minnesota where it was -20F at nights and worked pretty good. Wouldn't want to full time in that weather though. Too cold for me.


Ok thanks for that info.... It's pretty cold that's for sure...but we enjoy winter as much as summer.
__________________

colourful64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
batteries, solar

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:40 PM.


×