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RE: Kirkland battery question (amp hours)

Thanks everyone
Canuck_in_NJ 10/23/19 09:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Kirkland battery question (amp hours)

208 AH is the easy answer. Can you teach a man to fish? Is there a calc to get it from the 75 amps? Is it usually listed with a 25/amp draw?
Canuck_in_NJ 10/23/19 08:44pm Tech Issues
Kirkland battery question (amp hours)

Hey everyone! Will be picking up my battery monitor next week and I will have to enter how many amp hours my battery bank holds. I have 2 Kirkland (Costco 6volts ) 2-GCS The only real info on the battery states reserve capacity @ 75amps is 107. ( I assume the 107 is 107 minutes) Is there a calculation I can do to find my actual amp hours? Thanks
Canuck_in_NJ 10/23/19 08:22pm Tech Issues
RE: 2 Battery banks built from 6 volts

When not doing trips like the Oregon coast, we don't drive the truck too much. Aside from driving to the actual campsite, setting up, dropping the quads, we will take the truck into the push to load up on firewood. Then it's parked next to the trailer for the remainder of the trip. Only have 20g of fresh water, so a limited supply. We really only use it for washing hands a quick flush of the toilet and giving the kids a sponge bath after a day of riding. As someone else said, maybe just another 100 watt panel on the roof to give me 200 watts. Winter camping was my concern on power, but with the buddy, the furnace probably won't run too much.
Canuck_in_NJ 10/22/19 10:48am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2 Battery banks built from 6 volts

Thanks for all the ideas. I don't really want to switch to sealed batteries as I have the 6's already. Also I do not have enough room under the bed as that is where our storage for all our other stuff is, I'm sure I could come up with a mounting system on the tongue, I am just a little skeptical of weight on the tongue. I currently travel with a ATV deck that sits on the back of my truck. It is 8 foot long but can fit a 6 foot box. It over hangs off the back of my truck 2 feet (I have a short box) In order for me to be able to back the trailer up and get into tight spots I had to get a short hitch extender so I don't crunch the deck against the trailer. That is the reason I am stuck on the tongue weight. I know they make the super hitch system, but that's isn't cheap and really isn't in the future. Adding another 120 lbs I'm sure will be ok, I just thought, since I have some space under the ATV deck, that would be a good spot. I have attached a picture of the setup. In this picture the truck has been pulled away slightly from the hitch of the trailer, but should give you an idea of how the ATV deck encroaches on my trailer. https://i.imgur.com/GD6XrLbl.jpg
Canuck_in_NJ 10/21/19 11:26am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2 Battery banks built from 6 volts

Alright, lots of options. I guess one concern would be the tongue weight. Dealers website says dry hitch weight is 280 lbs. does not include water propane cargo, Dealer accessories) so if max loaded weight is 3500, 10% can be estimated for tongue weight puts me at 350. adding the battery puts me at what? 550lbs? My tow vehicle isn't a problem as I have a 1 ton. will the trailers tongue support that? should be fine correct?
Canuck_in_NJ 10/15/19 11:06am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2 Battery banks built from 6 volts

Let's back up for a minute ! Why do you want to double your battery storage. Running a TV and some USB chargers seems like a pretty light load. To me it sounds like you need more solar panels and maybe a better charge controller, not more batteries. A NOCO HM426 dual battery box takes up less space. Well we have moved back to British Columbia Canada, and are going to be camping through the winter. (big into snowmobiling and quading. Wife likes it warm and we all know the story with how the furnace kills batteries. Don't think the sun will be out much so that cuts down on our ability to recharge via solar. We did just buy a Mr buddy heater so that will cut down on furnace use.
Canuck_in_NJ 10/15/19 08:10am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2 Battery banks built from 6 volts

https://i.imgur.com/sG0zRFbl.jpg not a tone of room on this small tongue, but angle iron might be the trick. Didn't want to put a ton more weight on the tongue, but may be easier than the truck box.
Canuck_in_NJ 10/14/19 09:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2 Battery banks built from 6 volts

One suggestion: you should switch to an MPPT solar charger/controller, you would have better performance. They're pretty cheap nowadays. plan on doing that when I get the second panel!
Canuck_in_NJ 10/14/19 09:31pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
2 Battery banks built from 6 volts

Hi all, I did a quick search of the forum but couldn't find what I was looking for. I have a 2018 17ft Jayco travel trailer. The majority of our camping is in the middle of nowhere. (boondocking) The trailer came with One 12 volt however, we swapped that out for two 6 volts from Costco. We have One 100watt solar panel on the roof that charges the batteries through an 8 amp pwm charge controller. (plan on getting another 100watt panel this spring) A 1000 watt inverter that is really only used to run a small tv/charge iPhones etc.. We have a 2000 watt Honda generator that we use to run the microwave and top up the batteries if needed. I want to get another two 6 volt batteries however the space on the tongue is extremely limited. (can just fit the current batteries as it is) I do not want to store them inside due to the obvious hazard of that (and space is limited) My thought is to install the 2 other 6 volts in the bed of my pick up, and have them as a separate second bank. I have attached a rough drawing of our current electrical setup. I know that if I do this I will need to use a battery selector switch and ample sized wire for to voltage drop. Maybe I am over thinking this but exactly how would I wire this up? My plan wouldn't be to run them on the 1+2 ever, but have the selector switch on 1 (batteries on tongue) and then when needed switch the selector to 2 which would be the batteries in my truck box. Perhaps where I am getting hung up is how would they all charge? If the selector switch was selected to 2 (the batteries in the truck) and I fired up the generator, would that just charge those batteries? If the switch was on selector 1, would the generator just charge the trailer batteries? How would I have it wired in order for the solar to charge the batteries? I hope my question makes sense? I have attached a picture at this link: https://i.imgur.com/JmdPawml.png "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Please shed some light. Thanks so much, Greg
Canuck_in_NJ 10/14/19 08:32pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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