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Old 08-10-2015, 05:43 PM   #15
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When I had the dealer add the two 8D batteries it was because I thought I had seen in the manual that I got online that the Sky Deck comes with two 4D batteries, but your suggestion of the 6V batts is smart. I went looking for that reference in the 390 owners manual (that includes Sky Deck RVs) and it says on page H-1 that the RV came with the 6V batteries like you said, but on page H-42 (same chapter) it said it comes with 2 4D batteries.

Of courses I did notice several typos in the manual I have and there was the section on extended living in the RV where it called it a trailer, so obviously there is not a LOT of editing of this manual before it goes in your coach. I will probably sell the RV before the new 8Ds wear out, but I will do the Costco thing if I ever do need batts again. That's the kind I have in my current RV.

The advice on the fridge is smart too, although you could easily get a house fridge cheaper than a marine one either will use a compressor that is MUCH more efficient if you have a nice solar system. If you are relying on cheap LP, like I plan to do, the silent fridge is nicer than the generator running to top up the batts before "quiet time". My current RV could easily run on solar as its only got a 5.7cu.ft. fridge. The new one, the Sky Deck, is the big double door, so is that 10 or 12? Would need a lot of roof to mount all those panels and I currently plan to use the roof for parties.

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Old 08-13-2015, 07:41 AM   #16
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I don't have any manuals for my Skydeck I use what I can find at Airstream online.
I have the smaller fridge and put temp sensors in there. Being in TX for a while in 100+ heat the fridge goes up to 50+ which is not too good for the food. Size is ok and I love the extra storage pantry next to the fridge.
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Only one person posted the battery size for the engine batteries. Are they Group 31? Everyone agrees? I have been trying to get one of my batteries to come back to life, looks like the dealer replaced only one when I bought the RV and the other one has gotten so bad it won't go above 12v, drains the other one. Had the bad battery on charge for more than a month and one cell will not bubble. Probably very bad off. I am trying one of those older dumb chargers now to see if that will shake things up enough to start that last cell charging, but it is likely just time for another new battery.

Any recommendations on where to get them?

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Only one person posted the battery size for the engine batteries. Are they Group 31? Everyone agrees? I have been trying to get one of my batteries to come back to life, looks like the dealer replaced only one when I bought the RV and the other one has gotten so bad it won't go above 12v, drains the other one. Had the bad battery on charge for more than a month and one cell will not bubble. Probably very bad off. I am trying one of those older dumb chargers now to see if that will shake things up enough to start that last cell charging, but it is likely just time for another new battery.

Any recommendations on where to get them?

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A good battery would be interstate or a cat battery, my Kw had group 31,3 of them ..2 would have worked , they did a good job..
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