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Old 02-25-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Odyssey Batteries, your experience?

ODYSSEY Batteries

I think the design principle is really cool, and the idea of having the benefits of a deep cylcle and a cranking battery in one sound great! Does anyone currently have these? I know they are spendy, but batteries seem like one of those things you definitely shouldn't skimp on, especially if you plan on doing lots of boondocking.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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Do you mean optima batteries? If yes are you asking about blue tops?
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:10 PM   #3
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No, Hawker Odyssey is the brand. Check out the link. They have a different lead plate array, as opposed to the 6 pack style, which results in more CCA.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:01 PM   #4
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If I understand correctly, you want to use the same battery for house as well as engine? The answer is no! No one does this and for good reason. Study up on some "legitimate" battery science/theory from those that are true experts in the field of RV batteries. There is a lot of good info on the web but you need to weed out the "well this is what I did and it works for me" articles. I've posted some links back in my thread "Dad's Toy". Cranking and deep cycle batts serve different purposes.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:04 PM   #5
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I definitely don't want to use house batteries for cranking. Regardless what sort of batteries I use, they'll be separate sets. The odyssey are just neat because they work as both. I'll check out your links!
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Ah good! Just sounded like you were using same batt for both, but you are planning on using the same "type" for both. Again, I suggest that you read up on the differences between real deep cycle batteries for the house and a cranking batt to start the engine. It's hard to believe that the same type of batt could do both jobs adequately.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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SteelyDan,

I have two Odyssey Extreme 31M-PC2150 AGM batteries installed in my renewed ARGOSY. See post #649 here:


http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...tml#post911848

They have worked perfectly.

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Thanks Sergie! Your trailer is outta control!! So cool. Love the all diesel idea. That really gets me thinking about an all biodiesel RV, which would be ideal!
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I use them in all my old cars. Never a problem.
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I really dig your quote MR!
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I was very happy with my Odyssey battery until my Intellepower went bad and fried it.
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I use Odyssey batteries in both the Tundra and the Land Cruiser and have worked great, though if a vehicle is going to sit for a long time, you should have a battery maintainer that is specifically for AGM batteries. I believe Odyssey has them for sale.

I use 6V Lifelines in the Airstream.
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What's the logic behind using the 6v batteries?
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Dan...

Search the battery threads herein - there are probably a 1000 posts about this subject!

6 volts referred to here are the 'GC2' size, originally designed for Golf Carts, and when used in pairs (series connections) for 12 volt use in RVs, Boats, etc...

The 'advantage' most often sited are increased Amp Hour ratings for longer running of your 12 volt stuff, and making it easier to install due to half the weight (about 65#) of the older, large 8D type 12 volt batteries (125+ lbs)...

Usually it's just the 'advantage' of larger capacity battery bank, with the same 'footprint' of a Group 24, 12 volt - however the 6 volts are about 2 inches taller...

Hope that helps...
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