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Deep cycle battery advice

Hi, I'm going to be picking up 2 new 6v deep cycles to replace a pair of old group 27's for my camper battery bank. Charging will be mainly solar, 230watt panel with morningstar 15mppt controller. From the brands I have available locally I've narrowed the choice down to Crown CR-235 vs Trojan T-105 with the Crown's being about $10 cheaper per battery. It seems that Trojan has the better reputation and brand recognition, but the Crown's are rated at 10 Ah more and are marginally cheaper. Which would you choose? Thx in advance
Jetta03 04/22/15 08:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing with a Chevy Venture

Glad someone beat me to it re the frontal area. That makes all the difference in the world between 2100# of boat and 2100# of travel trailer. I am getting the feeling that the OP is looking for support in this decision and not finding it. OP, please understand that folks on the forum have been around a long time, have seen or heard most and are only offering suggestions based on their knowledge. We may not be perfect, but usually pretty much right on with the opinions. If you have already made up your mind to go with this combo, we all wish you the best and safest travels. If you're after solid advice, please take it in the spirit it's intended. One member often said, "I can pull my 23SS with my garden tractor, but it doesn't mean I should". Wisdom. From your signature 2003 F-150 supercrew tow rating 7700lb Rockwood 2604 gvwr 7714lb :)
Jetta03 04/19/15 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a Chevy Venture

2004 chevy venture curb weight 3699 (gvwr 5257, couldn't find gcvwr) payload 1612lb towing 3500lb 14 foot kz sportmen gvwr 2800 (unloaded 2126) hitch wt 323 I wouldn't push it too much, but you should be well within all your specs with this trailer. I think you'll find the minivan makes a very good tow vehicle.
Jetta03 04/18/15 08:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Question

The problem with wooded and shady is the panel(s)do not produce enough voltage to actually charge the battery. I made a mistake when I purchased a 66 cell 185W high voltage panel on Ebay meant for a grid tie system which will put out no load 70+V. This required a MPPT controller that will convert that high voltage into usable current. What this means is that I get usable current from sun up to sun down and with shade. I have seen 17V from a full moon and typically 36V in a shaded camp site. The Morningstar SunSaver MPPT controller is about as bullet proof as you can make a solar controller. Ditto here, I went with high voltage grid tie panel for the same reason plus watt for watt they seem to be cheaper. We use that same sunsaver mppt controller and a 230 watt high voltage panel and in treed, cloudy, even rainy conditions its still putting out 25-30 amp hrs per day at 30+ volts. More than enough to maintain 2 batteries IMO. The only other issue is snow, you'll get zero charge if the panels are buried :)
Jetta03 10/29/14 06:28am Tech Issues
RE: loud generators

Not everyone can afford a Honda or a Yamaha so they buy what they can afford and if they need to charge the TT battery then they just gotta do it. Totally disagree here. There are a bunch of options (for example for the price of that noisy generator they could pretty much have a grp24 battery charged and ready to go for each day of their trip :)) I can't figure out any reason you could possibly have that would justify your disturbance of a whole campground full of fellow campers. Ever.
Jetta03 09/20/14 12:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: the search for more storage space

We have a Shamrock 21ss which I believe is the same floorplan as your 21sso. If so there is quite a bit of dead space below the rear bunk behind the bathroom wall. Ours has a divider accessible via the storage space below the back bunk that can be removed to get at it. We also put handles/latches on a couple of cabinet doors covering the furnace and hot water tank that were screwed shut. There was some usable space in there as well.
Jetta03 09/04/14 08:06pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Finally weighed the TV and TT together... ugh

I think your fine, sure it could be better but there's nothing dangerous there. Remember that a lot of the limits put on by manufacturers are for warranty purposes so even IF you were a little over it isn't that big of deal. It's not like there's a line in the sand where disaster looms on the other side. Don't worry and have fun. Funny how people would go bananas if I even approach the limits towing with my minivan (which has more payload btw) but with a half-ton that is 1000lb over weight the response is so different. OP is way over weight with this combo. IMO you really need more truck or less trailer/cargo, there really isn't an easy way around this. This is an accident waiting to happen.
Jetta03 08/31/14 04:12pm Towing
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