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Old 02-11-2009, 03:57 PM   #1
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golf cart battery in a 1970 tradwind

Hello All, thinking of putting in a golf cart battery in the side compartment door(curbside under bed)from what I hear its quite heavy...am wondering if a) its a good idea to use a g/c battery ? and b) Will it upset the balance of my lil trailer ? Thank You All !
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:03 PM   #2
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You need 2 Golf Cart bats.they are only 6 v.,do you have room for 2? Dave
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:19 PM   #3
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think so,have to measure all things (space and batteries... )balance wise ?
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Just wire in a series,ground to -,then + to - then+ is hot,that will get you 12 volt. Dave
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yeah but is it a good idea ? and will it affect balance of trailer ??
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:41 PM   #6
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You will be adding approx 50# on that side,don`t see how that could do much,I would be more worried about venting batteries,unless you are going with the sealed cells,there are some people who run the gc bats,and like them ,it all comes down to the most amp.hrs. in the allotted area.Dave
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I just put in a Universal brand Glass Mat 4D battery (Chinese) in my 71 Tradewind. It is rated at 200 amp hours. About $100+ cheaper than 2 golf cart batteries. Weighs about 140#. There actually is room for an 8D which is rated at 300 amp hours. But I think 200 is plenty. I got it promptly through Randy at Best Converter. $400 and change including the shipping. Over $100+ cheaper than the Lifeline equivalent. Doesn't quite have the warranty as a Lifeline. I installed it when working on my gaucho. Not sure if it will fit through the battery access door or not. It does cut down on storage of other junk in the battery compartment.
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I've used Trojan T-105 golf cart batteries in our boat for nearly 20 years. 4 of them set up as one 440 amp hour bank. I know the new technology AGM stuff sounds and probably is really good, but I know those Trojans will stand up to abuse and take repeated cycles, and the cost for our last set a couple of months ago was around $120 per battery. Of course you've got to deal with a wet battery and vent it, but you can't touch that cost with an AGM.

Pretty sure when I get to that point in my project trailer, I'll stick with the same low tech batteries.

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good to know they will work well,and he is talking about 100.00 for two batteries,sounds better to me now...Thanks !!!
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