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Old 03-27-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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6 Volt Set-up for Rockwood HW276

I just joined the forum today. I plan to have a new Rockwood HW276 on order in the next 24 hours. I asked the dealer since I plan to use it for dry camping, is there a way to use 2 deep cycle 6 volt batteries (golf cart) instead of the Group 27 battery that was being offered (he said no). I know that I can move up to a deeper cycle Group 31 battery, but I've still heard that the two 6 volts were the best way to go for long lasting ability. Has anyone here been able to attach a battery compartment and fit the 2 batteries end to end behind the propane tanks, or is there just no room for the arrangement? BTW, I have found this site to be an essential tool for obtaining research and getting knowledge on campers/camping. Thank you!

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Old 03-28-2014, 07:25 AM   #2
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As long as your tow vehicle can handle the added tongue weight (a pair of 6v deep cycle batteries can add up, depending on which battery you choose) and you consider their weight into the total weight load of the trailer (which also needs to include the weight of a full load of propane, and water if you take it with you) I don't see why you could not upgrade. You'll have to add a different battery box to hold them, but it should work. At the very least, I've seen others who have done this with a popup.

As far as battery choice, you'll hear a lot of different opinions on this (a pair of 6v v.s. a pair of 12v). One thing is certain though - a true deep cycle will be a better choice than a dual-purpose battery when you need a lot of amp hours.

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Old 03-28-2014, 11:30 AM   #3
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Thanks, Randy. Weight shouldn't be an issue. I'm upgrading the rear springs on my SUV, new Bilstein shocks and getting the Equal-i-zer 6000# weight distribution and sway control hitch. It's kind of overkill, but I won't compromise concerning safety. I'm hoping to find someone who has done the conversion on this particular camper (or another Rockwood highwall) so that I won't be buying battery boxes by trial and error. The heavy duty plastic box would be sufficient. I don't need the fancier armor plated metal box.
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