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Posted: 06/26/21 01:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:


Sorry to hear of the freeing issue.

My solar keeps my batteries in great shape during the winter.

Do you climb on the roof and sweep the snow off regularly or do you have some panels set up more vertical for storage?

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I live in Regina, SK. There is enough wind to keep the panels clear.

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Our present 5er came with garbage batteries. It was a '17' model clearance,'16' build, 14 months give or take on the lot.
First time I ckecked the water it looked like lead soup which I had never seen in a battery.
They seemed to hold a charge and we spend the majority of our time on shore power.
They were good enough to take us to Alaska and back in '18' but I replaced them at Costco with 2 6v GC in '19'.
Ckeck them regularly and have added water once in 2 years.

Previous 5er a used 6 yr old came with 2 12v of undetermined age. 5er was well taken care of so the batteries may have been replaced they did require bi monthly watering.
The converter died 10 months after purchase. It was replaced with a PD
Converter don't recall the # but it was an upgrade over what it had.
It did cut down on water usage for the batteries.
Replaced those batteries with Costco 12v batteries water useage virtually a non issue. We traded 4 years later.

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I had an unusual indication of a bad battery some years ago in my fiver. It contained two 12 volt batteries connected in parallel (typical wet cell types).

For some unknown reason the propane leak detector kept going off for no apparent reason. Upon checking both coach batteries I discovered one was essentially dead. Replacing that battery stopped the propane detector from misbehaving.

I’m not sure why the propane detector was going off, but possibly it wasn’t receiving the proper voltage because of the bad battery and maybe the remaining good battery had become marginal. Anyway, there were no further problems after the replacement.

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When I bought my 5th wheel it had two 6 volt golf cart batteries that were dead. I replaced them with the same type of batteries. After seven years I decided that I should have more battery power so I bought four 6 volt golf cart batteries, that was five years ago and I expect to get another three - five years out of them.

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grizz272 wrote:

How often do you replace the fifth-wheel dual batteries.
This will be the fourth yr for out camper. In previous campers I was never able to get more that 2 yrs before I replaced the original dealer batteries.

What is the go to battery for a fifth-wheel?

depends how much you discharge them and how well you maintain them. I have four 6V GC batteries and just finaly changed them after 14 years. last year they were showing some signs of needing to be changed so this year I did it. but I have a high quality charger, only normaly use about 30-40% of the capacity or less, top up with water 4 times a year and so on. also they were high quality batteries. I bought cheep ones to replace them so I am only expecting 5 to 8 years out of these ones, but I will be switching over to LiFePo4 well before then.


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