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kirkl

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Posted: 07/17/18 12:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

profdant139 wrote:

kirkl, I don't know anything about 6 volt batteries (other than the fact that some of the most knowledgeable RVers have them). Does it hurt them to get down below a half charge, the way it does for an ordinary 12 volt??


Ya know, im not sure, ive ran 6 volts for along time and usually dont get them down to 1/3 but the few times I have i have never had an issue with the batteries lasting for years.


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Posted: 07/17/18 01:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

profdant139 wrote:

kirkl, I don't know anything about 6 volt batteries (other than the fact that some of the most knowledgeable RVers have them). Does it hurt them to get down below a half charge, the way it does for an ordinary 12 volt??


Nothing wrong with a pair of 6 volt GC-2s for a trailer, 20 HR rated on average for about 220 AH but reality is a lot of those who run them do so because they've been told it's "better" but really have no idea why. [emoticon] The fact is a pair of 12 volt G31s wired in parallel will also be 20 HR rated about the same. Some would argue the 12 volts aren't "true" deep cycle batteries but at some point that's more semantics than anything else as to what "deep cycle" really means, especially to the average user, not the purist. East Penn is the largest US manufacturer of batteries and makes a fine series of DEKA "deep cycle" batteries in both 6 volt and 12 volt variations which will work just fine in an RV application. I've got a G31 AGM variation myself, if I were much more of a dry camper I'd have two but as it is I can still run my 1000 watt PSW inverter with this battery as long as I'm reasonable about it. Regardless of what battery you're running, the less it's depleted the longer it will last - 50% depletion (about 12.1 volts) has always been the de facto recommended maximum depletion you should regularly run the battery down to. Infrequent depletion deeper than that is OK but you don't want to do it on a regular basis and you do want to recharge the battery as soon as is practical - i.e. don't let it sit like that for a week. [emoticon] 6 volt or 12 volt - it's your choice, each has it's advantages but also it's disadvantages.

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Posted: 07/17/18 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rbpru wrote:

That is forgoing some of the creature comforts.
Not in my world.
You would be amazed at how we live while boondocking.
That is probably why we never tire of the trip.
Many after a few days get restless an =d want to go back to civilization. We dread it.



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Huntingdog, you are so right --silence and privacy are the greatest luxuries of all.


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While we don't currently have a TT, as we are not picking it up until later this month, I feel I can offer some suggestions on keeping your battery charged. I currently run a 2004 dodge 2500 with a roof top tent setup. I have a dedicated 12V plug ran to the bed of my truck to power my ARB fridge freezer, and all we do is boondock camping. In order to stop the fridge from draining my batteries on the truck, I invested a couple hundred bucks in a 100W solar folding "suitcase". The panel unfolds and uses alligator clips to connect to my auxillary battery, which is the battery that the plug for the fridge is wired to. Works great for boondocking. The only issue I have with it is you do have to move the panel a few times a day in order to get the best sunlight to it, in order to get the best charge. That being said, once we get our TT, we will be carrying the solar panel with us for boondocking, for sure.

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Posted: 07/25/18 01:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We very regularly dry camp for 3 nights at a time with 2 typical 12V batteries on our rig. This includes running the furnace at night and in the mornings (down to the 40's overnight). The water pump gets normal use, including 4 showers.

The only time we had big issues was when one battery cell went bad and we truly *needed* to run our genny during the day to get us through to the next morning.

With the year of your TT, I suspect you have LED bulbs. If not, make that change. Also I have lights in my basement that can be accidentally tripped, and that would increase my battery drain (and not be noticed for hours/days). I've also accidentally left my porch light on by mistake.

Good luck on the troubleshooting, it's worth it to get the bugs worked out.


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