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Suggestions on battery/solar upgrade due to space issues

I am helping a friend upgrade her Class C motorhome battery bank in order to install solar. The RV is horrific in terms of usable space. Here is what I am dealing with: The current house batteries are located under the curbside steps into the coach. They are Group 24 12 volt and there is zero room for larger batteries like a pair of 6 volts, which I would have preferred. In fact, the Group 24s are tight. The only way to mitigate that is to start cutting and welding, and I do not have the time, place nor inclination right now. So, I will leave the two group 24s there. There is an external storage cubby next to the entry door that is roughly 24" inside width, by 14" tall, by 18" deep. It is not rated to hold any weight, but I figure I can fabricate a tray to support 3 batteries underneath the plastic box. There are anchor points on the frame and some bolts coming through the coach floor that are also used to hold the current battery tray. Here's where I'm trying to think a little outside the box. Since I can't do 4 6 volt batteries in series/parallel for a total of 460 amp hours, I could get 3 Trojan 12 volt deep cycle batteries at 130 amps each for a total of 540 when you include the 150 for the pair of group 24 batteries. This would provide 270 usable amp hours. This isn't the way I'd prefer, but it's the only way I see with the storage that's available. 3 6 volt batteries wouldn't help me in the cubby, and a pair of 6 volts wired in series then paralleled with the current 12 volts would only provide 380 amp hours, which isn't enough. There is literally nowhere else for the batteries, save for a rear compartment that is 20 feet away from the current location. I'd have to move all of the electrical and I don't want to do that. The way this coach is configured is ridiculous. They have the batteries and associated stuff up front, then the converter, inverter, transfer switch, panel, etc. all the way at the rear under the bed. I do know that using different brand/amp hour batteries in parallel isn't ideal, but I don't have a lot of options. All the batteries are brand new, and I could also keep the two banks separate from one another with a switch, though would prefer not to. Anybody run into these space issues before?
restlessways 06/15/20 10:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

I wouldn't even want to know what would have happened without safety chains or a breakaway cable (which didn't activate since the chains held it). Glad nothing really bad happened, but it seems like your breakaway cable was incorrectly setup. I hope you’ve fixed it. Yes, there was too much slack in it - about even with the chains. Regardless, that did not cause me any problems. In fact, if the trailer brakes would have locked up I think the outcome could have been worse.
restlessways 05/28/20 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

I believe all tow vehicles exceeding a certain weigh are required to have a braking systems in place. These range from vacuum, surge or electric among others. In addition, there is usually a break away cable that engages the tow vehicle brakes if it should separate while being towed. For good reason. I was just towing my brand new Cargo Mate enclosed trailer when it jumped off the hitch ball on the highway. I wouldn't even want to know what would have happened without safety chains or a breakaway cable (which didn't activate since the chains held it). Turns out the coupler is either bad or out of adjustment. Scared the bejesus out of me. I have been towing for over 30 years and never had something like that happen.
restlessways 05/26/20 11:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Full timing it in a Cirrus 820

These stories are a dime a dozen these days. It's not surprising - millennials and Gen Z can't afford to buy a house or even pay rent it's so expensive. All the houses went to Airbnb speculators.
restlessways 05/23/20 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Need help shedding 3/4 ton - Lithium Battery project

boaty's been around here for a long time and given a lot of helpful advice. Might want to slow your roll taking joking jabs at him, his wife(even jokingly)and his setup. His setup is badazz. He knows what he's doing. I haven't seen anybody taking jabs at him. What are you reading?
restlessways 05/22/20 12:17am Truck Campers
RE: Need help shedding 3/4 ton - Lithium Battery project

His wife watches TV and videos all day and heaven knows what else. And there are very large pine trees all over the place so the sun is intermittent. I think this is a joke, but if it’s not, modern tv/video doesn’t take anywhere near his amount of power. :D Not a joke at all. As others have pointed out - run the air conditioner all the time while running the tv, dvd player, microwave, hair dryer, etc., and it adds. up.
restlessways 05/22/20 12:16am Truck Campers
RE: Need help shedding 3/4 ton - Lithium Battery project

What is this guy running that requires so much power? And how much sun is available? If you're using an inverter a lot, it's often a better idea to collect and store your power at 24 or 48 volts. Get a higher voltage inverter and then step down to 12v for your 12v system. His wife watches TV and videos all day and heaven knows what else. And there are very large pine trees all over the place so the sun is intermittent.
restlessways 05/21/20 10:18am Truck Campers
RE: Need help shedding 3/4 ton - Lithium Battery project

Those Battle Born batteries are great if you can afford them. I just couldn't stomach spending $1,000+ per 100 ah.. OP did not say how many he is considering, but coming from 3/4 tons, that would be like 10? Or $10,000 spend just on shaving few hundreds lb from 12,000 lb (?) rig. Sure not solution for average camper. He said he has 12 AGM batteries right now, and was looking to cut that in half since lithium can be discharged to zero vs the 50% on lead acid. Still, $6k+ for batteries is nutso, in my humble opinion. I own a private campsite and have a neighbor who built a massive solar system. He's got 22 batteries and something like 2000 watts of solar panels. I forget exactly. He's also running a 3k inverter/charger and all the associated wiring/fuse blocks, controllers, etc. He's got MAJOR money into it. And he's still running his generator for at least 3 hours per day. He'll never get his money's worth. For myself, I have found I really don't need to consume that much power. I use a combination of a 100 watt panel, a 2k GoPower inverter, and a Honda 2200i generator along with the aforementioned twin 6 volt Duracell golf cart batteries. It provides me with more than enough.
restlessways 05/20/20 11:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Need help shedding 3/4 ton - Lithium Battery project

Those Battle Born batteries are great if you can afford them. I just couldn't stomach spending $1,000+ per 100 ah. I thought about it but just decided to go with a couple of Duracell 115 ah 6 volt deep cycles which I got on sale for $100 a piece. They last 5+ years. Yeah, you have to add water sometimes, and they're heavier, but that's the trade-off. The Battle Borns would have to last 25 years at that price. The EV people say the prices on batteries will be going down, but they just keep going up.
restlessways 05/17/20 10:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Optimism in the RV Industry

Had this idiocy not arrived, I would have bought a new RV by now- we were in the final stage of narrowing it down and deciding on a dealer. I'll still buy it when this is over, but that isn't going to help anyone in the short term. Same here. I've given up on my truck camper purchase for the time being. Why would I buy something when a) the discounts are almost non-existent, and b) I can't even use it right now?
restlessways 04/18/20 12:34pm RV Lifestyle
RE: I'm going camping.

What they're doing is making the world a smaller place where people can't spread out. Seems counterintuitive to me - force everybody to hunker down in a smaller space where they can more easily infect each other. Brilliant. What are the full-timers doing? Where are they supposed to go as they shut down all parks, etc.? This stuff is getting stupid.
restlessways 03/30/20 04:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Should we be going?

What about the fulltimers who don't have a house? What are they supposed to do? Where do they go as all these campgrounds and state parks are closed?
restlessways 03/26/20 02:46pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

I wonder what is advantage of taking sick people to hospital instead of having them fight the virus at their homes? Testing and hospitalisation only increase the risk of virus spread. I prize Nevada governor who learn from other states mistakes and locked the state down with only few sick persons. If statistics are right, in last 3 days the confirmed cases rose only by 25%, what most likely are the people who got sick before lockdown. Than again, if 78F killing the virus is correct - we are only days away from nature helping us. Nevada doesn't have enough test kits. Nobody does. The fact is that this virus is spreading like wildfire but they'll never have enough kits to test even a fraction of the population. Remember, we were led to believe that it was not a problem while it was spreading everywhere, all because they didn't have the needed materials to even address it. Our preparation and response are so shockingly bad that by the time this whole thing is over with it will be a cautionary tale on how to NOT run the CDC and the healthcare industry (which is focused on profits, not people).
restlessways 03/23/20 10:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

You brought interesting point. What is going to happen to campers who will be "upside down" on loan and buyer will stop paying? Banks will have to lose more money by repossession, than it would cost them just forget the debt. Back after 2008 banks would let the the people to live in the houses for years, before they would foreclosure. Las Vegas still have lot of vacant houses and abounded projects. .... 12 years after last recession. Legends say that it is government (taxpayers) who still pay for upkeep those houses as bank are not allowed to dump them and crash the RE market. I don't think it's cheaper just to let the person keep the RV. Far from it. They would much rather repossess it and sell it to somebody else. Anything is better than nothing.
restlessways 03/23/20 10:41pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

The way I see camper builds will develop: -right now, with low demand dealers will unload the inventory at low prices -with no demands for next year, selling dealers and manufacturers will close -when economy recovers (who knows when that will happen?) there will be no camper manufacturer operating at speed, so the remaining inventory as well as new build will have pricing going toward the sky That happen to some degree in 2008 and I don't see this time it going any better One thing lost in this equation is the incredible demand destruction and the need for many "owners" (debtors) to rid themselves of expensive monthly payments. After years of the highest production rates and sales in history, there are a whole lot of RVs out there. It could be like 2009-2010, where you literally had to cut your price to a fraction of NADA/KBB just to sell a car, truck or RV in a glutted market.
restlessways 03/23/20 04:44pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

I would also buy a new rig @ the 35% number, but I don't think my dealer is there, yet.. I don't necessarily want an RV dealer to actually lose money, I just want a better deal. We have had years upon years of inflated asset prices and, in my humble opinion, everybody got greedy. In turn, the "deals" pretty much went away.
restlessways 03/22/20 07:01pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

You might find that life is always having lot of variables. By now I would expect that you can find a dealer, who lacks cash for next mortgage payment and it will unload his inventory at dumping prices. Waiting till after the recession is not showing good historically. Before 2008 recessions TC were selling in $20k range. Few years after the recession we are talking $50-70k. Flip the coin if in doubt. Seems a little bit soon, to me. I called around a bit yesterday and they are still holding the line on pricing. If I could get 35% off the truck camper of my choice, I'd buy immediately. I don't think we're there. PS - The 35% number is what it would take for me to do it in this insane economic meltdown that has just started. Now the FED is saying unemployment could reach 30%! Good lord...
restlessways 03/22/20 05:57pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

I wouldn’t spend my monies all at once on a new truck when GM is offering discounts and 0% financing for 84 months. Good luck. I'm not buying a new truck.
restlessways 03/22/20 04:52pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

Thanks for all the great comments. I didn't intend upon waiting this long to purchase but there has been very little in the way of gently used on the market, and the dealers are just getting stocked it seems. Further, the discounts I've been quoted by dealers were not very good. When you combine that with the fact that msrp has been skyrocketing over the years, purchase price has become more important than ever, especially since I'm paying with hard-earned cash. I think the prudent move is to sit back and see what transpires over the next couple months. If we have a complete lockdown with the military shutting down the highways, buying a truck camper makes no sense right now whatsoever. I was buying it to start using it immediately. Spending all that money for something to sit around is not a wise choice. I am a person who only buys what he uses.
restlessways 03/22/20 11:46am RV Lifestyle
Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

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restlessways 03/21/20 10:16pm Around the Campfire
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