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Old 12-09-2015, 10:35 AM   #15
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My second Interstate 6V flooded battery has failed in less than 18 months since installing my solar system.
Another observation. You didn't say what size solar system you have, but you should be receiving enough solar power to keep your batteries charged (assuming your trailer is exposed to sunlight and not under a canopy or in a garage). If not, your solar system is either under-sized or has a problem that's keeping your batteries from being adequately charged. What are some specifications of the solar system you have installed?
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Old 12-09-2015, 11:26 AM   #16
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If you need to charge/store your batteries above a concrete floor due to space limitations, which is typical for a garage or commercial shop, you can set them up on wooden spacers (1 1/2" thick or more), as long as it is not a moist area, as I understand it. Better up higher on a wooden shelf. I assume that setting them directly on soil/sand/earth is also a no no.
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:22 PM   #17
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Lewster, never say things in jest! LOL. See what it gets you?
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:46 PM   #18
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Probably father to son advice!
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Old 12-09-2015, 01:47 PM   #19
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My current battery is from UAP auto supply. It is an East Penn battery re-branded to the automotive supply store. Came with high recommendation from the store owner who uses the batteries for his fishing motors.
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East Penn makes Deka brand batteries, available at Lowes stores. (farming stores, boat marinas, etc.) Order online and they ship to the store. Take an old battery to avoid the "core" charge and you're in business. Deka batteries are reasonably priced. Go to the East Penn web site for details about the company, privately owned, family company: East Penn Manufacturing – The world's largest single site, family-owned lead-acid battery manufacturer

The Ranger boat I purchased in 1994 came with Deka trolling motor batteries and I have always replaced them with Deka. They have given me excellent service over the years and I would recommend them for any flooded battery application. It's also easy to use Lowes as the purchase location, they have them just about everywhere. The web site says about a week but when I ordered a new ignition battery on a Monday, I got an email on Thursday that I could pick it up, just before leaving on a fishing trip. (Perfect timing)

The manufacture date shows that they are always fresh, usually only a month or two old. Some stores keep batteries on their shelves for months, very bad for battery life.

Although Deka is a good battery, replacing the converter and purchasing Lifeline batteries for my Airstream has made a remarkable improvement in battery charging. I'd recommend the Lifelines but Deka is an excellent alternative.
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:50 PM   #20
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Idroba nailed it. Just make sure you never place your batteries on concrete either!!! (NOT!)
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Lewster, never say things in jest! LOL. See what it gets you?
I stand corrected, but the route to figure this out was not short, thank you very much . . .

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...tml#post538511
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Old 12-09-2015, 05:15 PM   #21
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Lewster, never say things in jest! LOL. See what it gets you?
That's what happens when I respond from a phone……NO EMOGIES...
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I stand corrected, but the route to figure this out was not short, thank you very much . . .

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...tml#post538511
AAAAH!……………but now you have seen the light!!
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Old 12-09-2015, 08:14 PM   #23
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Ktholin, are you connected to shore power for long periods of time? Also curious what type of solar charger do you have?
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