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Old 04-18-2016, 02:19 PM   #1
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Upgrading to 6V T-105's

I am upgrading the batteries on my '09 23D' International. I know that my batt box has to be modified to accommodate the taller T-105's. Are there any other upgrades I should expect? I am going to add solar down the line, just it right now.
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Old 04-18-2016, 02:40 PM   #2
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We upgraded our 2008 23' L-lounge to 6V batteries and appreciate the extra capacity. We upgraded the converter at the same time (and installed 200w of solar). With expensive new batteries going in this might be a good time to upgrade your converter and/or inverter for the longer term.
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Old 04-18-2016, 02:52 PM   #3
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Thinking about doing the same thing. Do any of the wires need to be extended/altered?
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:03 PM   #4
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I upgraded my converter and added two inches to the top of the box. Photo shows the extension and plug for portable solar .
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:03 PM   #5
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I had to pull in some extra slack for my inverter cables, but the battery cables were fine.
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:13 PM   #6
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6 volt conversion

I did the conversion last year its been great put in the PD 4655 3 stage converter/charger at the same time. The wires are pretty simple pos. camper wire to batt 1 pos post, neg of battery 1 to pos post of battery 2 and neg camper wire to neg post of battery 2. The tongue jack wire to pos post battery 1. You will have one less jumper wire between the two batteries than 12volt setup. Good camping.
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:40 PM   #7
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I upgraded my converter and added two inches to the top of the box. Photo shows the extension and plug for portable solar .
Was think of doing something similar (portable panels that can be easily disconnected). What equipment did you use?
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:44 AM   #8
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Was think of doing something similar (portable panels that can be easily disconnected). What equipment did you use?
Renogy 100 watt suitcase. Bought directly thru Renogy. They give a substantial military discount and free shipping. Recently used it for several days dry camping in Key West. With frugal battery use on Sunny days it worked very well, easily getting my batteries back up to 100%. Cloudy no sun days not so good of course. I have a higher rated 30amp controller and an additional 85watt panel that I am going to add to the system. My next major purchase is going to be a small generator for those all too common overcast days.
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Is the disconnectible plug part of the package?
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Upgrade your battery cables while you are at it to a thicker gauge.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:31 AM   #11
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Thanks for the advice!
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Is the disconnectible plug part of the package?
Nope, it is a SAE water proof two wire plug used commonly on boats. I bought the base thru Amazon packaged by Zamp. I have a bag full of the other connectors left over from my boating days. I use them for all removable DC connections.
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For my Renology suitcase solar set up I bought "Anderson" 50amp connectors and 10 gauge landscaping wire from Amazon. Soldered all connections. These connectors are male-female and as long as you are careful about positive negative on assembly the connections are idiot proof.
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AWCHIEF, that extension on your battery box looks sweet. Can you provide details on construction materials and methods? I am planning on modifying my box to accommodate the T-105s as well.

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