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Old 08-15-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Best batteries for an Airstream Trailer

I have a '79 airstream 23' trailer that needs new batteries. What are the best type for this application. I don't have solar and will need to recharge from an electrical connection or generator.

Following, what is the best way to care for the batteries? Remove during the winter in Idaho? Leave hooked up and charge once in a while? Seeking some recommendations!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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Welcome, Sheperd!

In the blue bar at the top of the page hit the search tab. In the drop down use the GOOGLE search box and start with "battery" or your other search phrases.

This subject, including storage, chargers, trickle maintainers are all covered thoroughly in many threads. You'll be reading till Tuesday! But you'll be an expert when you're done!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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Unfortunately I have found there is no right answer. It all depends on what you want to do and how much you are willing to spend. I am of the belief that I don't really do alot of camping with out a connection of small honda generator, so the relatively inexpensive marine/rv batteries you can get any where do just fine for $85/batt for a few years. If however you plan on spending a few weeks unsupported than read the post that the search reveals and figure out which way you need to go. Welcome and keep asking questions! Heck, I had to ask where the outlet were in mine!
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I replaced my batteries with two six volt golf cart batteries in series. I get more capacity with only about 10 pound of extra weight. I did modify my box to allow 2 inches of top clearance. This is the best method I can think of to get more watts.
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Wxbuoy is correct in that there really is no correct answer.

However, here is what I would recommend: Measure your battery compartment and buy the largest 12v marine batteries that will fit. I don't think that you will need to pay more than about $100 for each battery. Next, replace the converter if it is original. This should cost you less than $200 (from Best Converter) and will insure that you do not ruin your new batteries by overcharging them.

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Wxbuoy is correct in that there really is no correct answer.

However, here is what I would recommend: Measure your battery compartment and buy the largest 12v marine batteries that will fit. I don't think that you will need to pay more than about $100 for each battery. Next, replace the converter if it is original. This should cost you less than $200 (from Best Converter) and will insure that you do not ruin your new batteries by overcharging them.

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This is what I did, for now. My preferences may change when I start boondocking more when I retire.

2 Group 29 wet cell Interstate rv/marine batts. Iota 3 stage charger.
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Since MT and ID get freezing temps in the winter, I pull the batts out and store them inside on a float / trickle charger.
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