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Old 10-06-2020, 10:33 PM   #181
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I have two 100 amp hour batteries in my Kodiak Cub. They last a couple of weeks without the disconnect. They last several months with the disconnect turned off.

I always start with a full 18 hour shore power charge. Then I shut them off. The battery manufacturer says my AGM batteries will hold a full charge for 12 months if they are disconnected.

You can get battery disconnect switches and most automotive stores and departments. Or, you can just remove the negative cable from the battery.

I wish you good luck and happy trails ahead!
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Old 10-07-2020, 04:40 PM   #182
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Hi, I was thinking of adding a bike rack to the bumper as well. What year is your Cub? I have a 2020 175bh.
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Old 10-07-2020, 04:41 PM   #183
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Thank You, TK and Persistent!

TK--Exactly what I was wondering--about the strength of that bumper! I'm going to research tongue A-Frame bike racks and if those are too pricy, I"ll bug my neighbor to help me weld the bumper.

Persistent--I'm going to try to save my batteries. I think one will be good. I filled up the water and have them on the tender now. If I need new ones, I'll look into those AGM. You seem happy with them...any negatives?
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Old 10-07-2020, 05:39 PM   #184
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I have the 2018 Cub 175 BH. I think TK has the same.
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Old 10-07-2020, 07:43 PM   #185
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AGM batteries

AGM verses flooded cell batteries is discussed often on IRV2. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.

AGM's do not normally vent acid vapors and hydrogen gas. Flooded cell batteries do when charging.

AGM's are more tolerant of deep discharge due to the plate construction and mats between the plates. They run out of electrolyte before the plates can be damaged by flat out discharge. Users need less reserve capacity so can use them longer or have smaller battery banks. Deep draw flooded cell batteries usually have thick plate supports to reduce damage in deep draw situations. Thick plates mean slower charge and discharge. There is a need for more reserve capacity to prevent deep draw damage to plates.

AGM's can be stored fully charged and disconnected for about 12 months. Flooded cells can be stored for about 6 months. Always fully charge lead acid batteries for 14 to 18 hours and disconnect before storage.

AGM's require less maintenance. No need to monitor water levels. No need to clean and neutralize acid deposits around the batteries. No need to rebuild battery compartment hardware do to accelerated corrosion. Cable connections rarely need cleaning or replacing due to corrosion.

AGM's can be safely installed in occupied spaces and near other electrical devices. Hydrogen gas is not normally vented like flooded cells do. AGM's do require venting in case of malfunction.

AGM's cost more, but they tend to last longer when used for weekend camping and being stored during long winters. Flooded cells need tending, but often don't get it. This leads to early failure. Flooded cells are cheaper for daily use and recharging such as full-timing. I expect my AGM's to last more than 10 years camping one week per month. Full timers may need to replace every 3 to 5 years. They often use 6 volt flooded cell gulf cart batteries because of the lower purchasing cost per amp hour. They tend to install much more battery capacity than is actually need to get more charge cycles before replacing.

Flooded cell batteries are more tolerant of over charging. Just replace lost water with distilled water. AGM's may vent when over charged. The water lost to venting is permanent. Eventually the loss will will lead to capacity reduction.

Some RV charging systems over charge to help recover from deep discharge and storing at low states of charge. This may be called "conditioning" or "equalizing". This feature tends to cause AGM's to vent and eventually loose capacity. The WFCO charger in your Cub will not do that.

All of this suggest you would be better off with AGM batteries. However, the batteries you have are the cheapest. Use them until they no longer provide what you need.
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Old 10-07-2020, 09:32 PM   #186
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Thank you much for the detailed info. I'm gonna burn mine as long as they last and then go with AGM's.
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Old 10-07-2020, 10:48 PM   #187
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There will be a GFI somewhere, usually in the bathroom; it may have tripped. If it has not tripped then check that the circuit breaker is turned on.
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Old 10-07-2020, 10:56 PM   #188
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I bought a bumper receiver and a cargo carrier to carry my generator and gas; 500 lb capacity. I have had no problems with the bumper. The drop-down receiver is solid and holds the cargo carrier with the generator (65 lbs), 5 gal gas (40 Lbs) and some campfire wood so a bike rack should be no problem. Bought mine on Amazon: HiTow Drop-Down Bumper 2 inch Receiver Adapter for 4x4 inch Bumper Trailer Towing Cargo Carrier Bike Racks and the cargo carrier is a CURT 18145 48 x 20-Inch Basket Hitch Cargo Carrier, 500 lbs Capacity, Black Steel, 1-1/4, 2-In Adapter Shank. Amazon also carries bike racks which are reasonably priced.
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Old 10-08-2020, 01:24 AM   #189
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I didn't think of an a-frame rack, that's a really good options - thank you!
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:08 PM   #190
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Trailer Cover

Anyone have a trailer cover they recommend? I have a 2020 Cub 175BH and live in northern Utah so we definitely get our share of sun and some snow during the winter months.
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Old Today, 01:22 AM   #191
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We just picked up a Classic Perma Pro on the recommendation of a local RV service shop. It fits well given the contours of the Cub 175 series and comes with a lifetime warranty. Time will tell.
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