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Old 09-08-2017, 02:21 PM   #21
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I noted that my battery box on my 2017 AS is much deeper than my 2007. Can I assume that GC2's will fit the 2017 w/o modifying the battery box?
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At a minimum, you need to measure. If your battery supplier is close by, it would be best to tow your American Classic over, and dry-fit the batteries before purchase.

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Old 09-08-2017, 03:34 PM   #22
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Consider that in normal use, batteries can (and do) swell up. You don't just need room for the batteries in "as new" condition. They also will swell if they freeze (yes it can happen) or under some fault conditions. You do *not* want to pack them tight into a box. That's one of the reasons the "stock" battery boxes seem a bit big for the cells they put in them.

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Old 09-18-2017, 09:25 AM   #23
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6 volt batteries

I have a 1988 325 I switched out the two 12 volt 10 years ago when I started my Refurb. I went to two 6 volts they were taller so I took the battery tray to a welding friend he added 2 1/2 inches of stainless steal to bottom of tray, deepening tray worked perfectly. The added life of 6 volt batteries is well documented by just looking at golf carts! I maintain the batteries religiously and will get 10 years from these batteries.I use a battery tender. thanks Jonathan
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:09 PM   #24
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Over five years ago we put this pair of GC2 6V batteries into our 2005 25 ft's battery box. Width and length are perfect, but battery height was over an inch excessive. No problem, formed C-channel as height extensions for battery box.

Because of good battery management by my solar controller and Intellipower converter/charger, this 5.5 year old pair of batteries test nearly perfect. No measurable swelling, great charge cycles still. BTW, we top off at four or five weeks the cells with distilled water. Also keep cells evenly filled, clean and free of any contamination by using a filling manifold. I think there are pictures in my forums gallery. If not I'll add a couple to show this.

The switch to GC2 batteries has been just right for us. Glad they fit our battery box so well, approx 3/4" overall margin on N side, half that on E and W because of the 3/8" tie down bolt.
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