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Old 04-28-2018, 09:38 AM   #1
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Two Batteries? Yes or No

New Owner question. I think I need to replace my battery. How many of you have two batteries? Do they both need to be in vented covers? Battery boxes? Show me your setup please?
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Old 04-29-2018, 08:31 AM   #2
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If your rig is four or five years old you might need a new battery. If you do any dry camping especially if you are dry camping in the winter and are running your furnace you will want at least two batteries. One battery will not get you through a cold night. If you don't do any dry camping then you only need one battery.
Battery boxes should be vented unless you are using sealed batteries.
I dry camp so I have four batteries in a vented box that sits on the tongue of my trailer.

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Old 04-29-2018, 02:25 PM   #3
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If you are considering changing batteries, may I suggest using two golf cart 6 volts and connected together to get your 12 volts needed. These batteries are built for long term draw and work really well in my camper when dry-docking
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:14 PM   #4
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Two 6 volt deep cycle batteries is the way to go. I left them in each of their own standard vented battery box and just cut holes to the cables to attached them together. Not pretty, but it works.
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I have two 12v batteries in parallel so I get double the amp hours. That means double the power for 2 batteries. Two 6v batteries in series gives you 12v but amp hours do not increase. No more available amp hours to run appliances. I can go several days, if I don't use the furnace, without recharging.

I do like the durability of 6v golf cart batteries but since I would not get any additionsl amp hours I have stayed 12v.
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:35 AM   #6
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Well...I have four 6V batteries, wired in pairs. So have lot of 12V power available.

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I've been getting along fine with one battery but we don't dry camp.
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Old 05-01-2018, 01:06 PM   #8
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Well...I have four 6V batteries, wired in pairs. So have lot of 12V power available.

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Not really...you have the same as 2 12v batteries.

2 -120a/h 12v batteries = 240 a/h
4-120 a/h 6v batteries in series/parallel = 240a/h

What you do have is a tougher battery plates.
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