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Old 08-29-2011, 07:50 AM   #57
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I dont get this one of your main reasons to avoid 2x6v is reliability/duplicity incase of a single battery failure the other 12v can take over by itself. One big 12v losses this advantege?
The real idea is to use 2 12 volt batteries instead of 2 6 volt batteries.

With the 12's, one can fail and your still in business.

With the 6's, when one fails, your "OUT" of business.

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Old 12-12-2012, 10:31 PM   #58
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I stumbled into this thread from a google search for the batteries I'm installing in my motorhome. The Lifeline GPL6CT.

I think the mod the OP did was excellent, and it was lost in a lot of ridiculous static on this thread. Very much unlike what's typical on this forum.

He doubled the amp hour capacity in the battery box. The GPL6CT are 300 amp hours, the two group 24s are about 150-160 amp hours. It is a huge and dramatic increase in amp hours.

I would hope this post gives this mod a bit more exposure. On my motorhome I'm upgrading from GPL4CT to the GPL6CT. About thirty percent improvement.

This guy's mod is a heck of an improvement with little cosmetic change to the trailer if indeed the post is correct he used GPL6CT. I would consider added bracing, if necessary, to accommodate increased weight.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:05 PM   #59
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So, the battle continues between two 6v batteries in series vs. two 12v batteries in parallel....
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #60
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So, the battle continues between two 6v batteries in series vs. two 12v batteries in parallel....
Why should there be a battle? Both configurations are very successful. If the 6 volt configuration can squeeze more amp hours into a space due to battery dimensions why not consider it? Or vice versa for that matter.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:17 PM   #61
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Why should there be a battle? Both configurations are very successful. If the 6 volt configuration can squeeze more amp hours into a space due to battery dimensions why not consider it? Or vice versa for that matter.
Sorry, just stirring the pot (with an odd sense of humor), I didn't mean to offend or stifle the discussion. We are of the two 6v batteries in series cult... I will take every extra Amp Hour we can get.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:28 PM   #62
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Hey Scott it's good..

I just saw a guy with five posts, with what looks to be a good modification. It's not the only way of course, but it looked trim and elegant to me. It looked like it was really well done. Even on the first page, long gaseous posts nit picking and missing the point (not mentioning any names lol). No wonder the guy only posted five times on this forum.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:37 AM   #63
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I think the mod the OP did was excellent, and it was lost in a lot of ridiculous static on this thread. Very much unlike what's typical on this forum.
You must read a different AIR Forums than I do.
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OP.....5-09-2010......

Guess the batteries are dead by now.....

I know the thread is....

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:55 PM   #65
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OP.....5-09-2010......

Guess the batteries are dead by now.....

I know the thread is....

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I'm not too sure about that. It looks like this thread is getting"recharged"

If the OP is still using the Forum, maybe he will post an update. I for one would be interested in a status report.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:24 AM   #66
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now what's this about batteries? Lol
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So, like the Phoenix, this thread is reborn? I'm the OP guy.

To the specific question on if we're still using the config and how it works: Yep, we are and we're still pleased. Subsequently (a year ago?) we also changed our converter to the Parallax plug-in one compatible with our 2010 Airstream (I don't remember the model number offhand, but it's readily available online). The idea was to reduce battery recharge time when using the generator.

It's really tough to identify the specific contributions of these individual bits of boondoggle-driven changes: solar, LED, power conservation steps, battery type/config/capacity, converter, etc. But it all seems to be going the right direction.

Airforums remains a great resource for us. Thanks to all of you (well most of you), for the helpful information!
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So, like the Phoenix, this thread is reborn? I'm the OP guy.

To the specific question on if we're still using the config and how it works: Yep, we are and we're still pleased. Subsequently (a year ago?) we also changed our converter to the Parallax plug-in one compatible with our 2010 Airstream (I don't remember the model number offhand, but it's readily available online). The idea was to reduce battery recharge time when using the generator.

It's really tough to identify the specific contributions of these individual bits of boondoggle-driven changes: solar, LED, power conservation steps, battery type/config/capacity, converter, etc. But it all seems to be going the right direction.

Airforums remains a great resource for us. Thanks to all of you (well most of you), for the helpful information!

Well, how about that! Six posts since 5/10 (~2.5 years) and the OP sees my request for a status update and responds the very NEXT day. Aolani, have you really been hanging out here all this time without posting or have you, like the Phoenix, figured out how to be re-born as a one rivet member?
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Well, it seems Aolani knows what he's talking about. I certainly appreciate your contribution as adding 6v GC batteries is on my list of things to do. And even if others think having 6v batteries is a waste of money, so is pulling a travel trailer - it's all about enjoying life, right? We can enjoy it by making tricky modifications to our AS or hot rod or pickup; enjoy it by installing a digital lawn sprinkler controller or going on a camping trip. Or we can lay in bed and do nothing. Just enjoy it.
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TETO.....It's all about our freedom to waste as we see fit.

...don't forget to keep the 12v's as back-up.
Redundancy is part of the fun.

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