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Old 12-23-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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I changed the battery in my Airstream this weekend. I put in two 6 volt deep cell golf cart batterys in seires to make 12 volts. I have 230 amps of power before I only had 120 amps. I put them in the space under my oven it was kind of snug but a good fit. I will try and post photo later.
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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Do the new ones have 230 amps in EACH 6 volt? Or are they 115 amp each? When you series connect 2-6 volt batteries your voltage will go to 12 volts but you are not doubling the amp hours.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:06 PM   #3
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Golf cart batteries have about 230 amp hours at a 20 hour rate at 6 V. So, two of them in series gives you about 230 amp hours at 12 V.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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batteries vent explosive gasses. under the oven? YIKES!
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
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batteries vent explosive gasses. under the oven? YIKES!
Battery boxes vent to the exterior of the trailer, not to the interior. Assuming the OP installed them in a properly-designed battery box, of course.

For reference, the Lower Explosive Limit for hydrogen is 4% by volume in air. How much hydrogen would you have to vent from your house batteries to yield at least a 4% concentration in air?
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:22 PM   #6
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Were they AGM batteries? No gas and longer life - I have a furnace under my oven.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:11 PM   #7
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battery under the oven.

a fan would help that out.. so now how would you do that in the space under a oven. where would it vent out. just thinking out loud.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #8
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I think I need a sealed box with a vent out the old battery box.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:40 PM   #9
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6 volt golf cart battery photo

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Report after 5 years 70,000 miles on 6V batteries.

In 2008 I installed Lifeline 6V batteries in my 25 Safari.
Thread is http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...tml#post514373.

Reporting after 70,000 miles and 5 years, they still work!
No maintenance other than 2 years ago I cleaned the terminals. I also
had them load checked and they were good.

I have a voltmeter in my trailer and I see about 0.1 v per month decrease in cold
storage. So I can get four months of storage and lose only .4 volts, at which time
I either go somewhere or charge it up.

Performance has decreased a bit. But it is small, since I can't really measure it.
I maintain by monitoring voltage. When boondocking, about 1/2 discharged I recharge on the road or with a powered site.
This lasts about 2 days when 30 deg. outside, using shower and furnace. I have a couple of solar panels on top that supplements. But not much on shoulder seasons.
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batteries vent explosive gasses. under the oven? YIKES!
That's true, you might want to rethink your installation. Perhaps you can seal the battery area and vent it to the outside.
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Well I took the trailer out for the first trip with the new batterys. They worked like a charm. We went to Kirk Creek camp ground in Big Sur for New years and stayed nine days. the baterys still had juice when i got home. My old 12 volt deep cell battery would only last 7 days max.
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anyone putting a battery desulfator during usage and non usage to help with that problem. I read that is a big issues especially with deep cycle batteries.

I put one on my van battery and it did help after about 3 weeks.
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