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Posted: 03/07/12 06:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wbwood wrote:

I guess we are lucky as our dealer (Camping World) put a Group 27 in ours. The next year I picked up another Group 27 from Walmart. Wonder if they are ok to connect together? Being only about year difference in age with them?


So long as your current battery is in good shape you will be fine.


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Cool....I just emailed a place down the road from us called Just Batteries. Going to see what they charge for the 6 volt golf cart batteries...they claim to be the lowest priced around. They take in batteries, so maybe I can make some sort of trade of the 2 12volts I have and get a little more discount...


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So if I have the choice, I should get 2 6v instead of 1 12v? Why?


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More AH. Google RV batteries or 12Volt side of life.


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Posted: 03/08/12 05:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cossi wrote:

So if I have the choice, I should get 2 6v instead of 1 12v? Why?
This is only if you plan on doing a lot of boondocking. Not needed if you camp in areas with power available.


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My batteries usually last about 8 years. But they do have to be recharged on occasion based on the load. So the battery charge is variable based on use.

* This post was edited 03/08/12 06:35am by beemerphile1 *


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About 3 days when being careful with minimal lights and having some news/music on in the evening.

If you have a slideout, you may need to watch the battery level. Some units require sufficient battery life to pull the slide back in even though you are connected to a running tow vehicle. It could delay your departure if the battery is too low.


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It kind of depends on where you are going camping. If you just need to get to a park and plug in then a single 12V battery is all you need.

If you are going to camp without electrical hookup I would go for at least two batteries. I started with 2 12 volts as I had the dealer throw the second one into the price. But after two years they were pretty well shot and barely lasted a weekend. So I bought two 6V at Costco and haven't had any more problems.

Also trailers are usually shipped with empty propane tanks and no battery. The dealer throws the battery on and usually fills the tanks.


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We have 200 watts of solar and 2 GC2 6v batteries and we can go forever without plugging in. Fridge and water heater runs on propane, all lights are LED and we use a Buddy Heater when it is cold. We have a 300w PSW inverter to power the TV and satellite box and to charge the cell phone and laptops.

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as was said, the dealer installs the battery on the trailer, not the factory.
and most dealers put the cheapest 12v group 24 battery they can find.

as the others have said, unless you plan to dry camp or boondock, you only need the one 12v battery.

in case you don't know, dry camping is staying at a campground that has no hookups.
boondocking is camping in undeveloped areas, such as USFS land, State Forest land or BLM land, to mention a few.
both may require either getting a generator, an second battery or a solar system.

* This post was edited 03/09/12 05:35pm by bikendan *


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