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Old 08-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #21
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Re: I'm battery baffled

6 volt batteries are built differently, they have thicker lead plates, thus are heavier, they are made to be constantly charged and discharged and generally last longer. That said, 12v batteries can be found that will do the same, at a somewhat higher cost. Remember you need 2x6 v batteries vs one 12v battery which could be a backup for your tow vehicle.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:30 PM   #22
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Jim, should I be using two 6Volt batteries in conjunction with my solar panel instead of two 12 Volt batteries?
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:03 PM   #23
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depends on your solar panel, what your 24 hour demands are, cost comparison, weight comparison, amp hour capacity. If you have the stock Escape 90 watt solar, then they average 6-7 a/h for 6 hour average means your solar will recharge 30-40 a/h per day. If you use less than that, then one battery is sufficient. There is a site here http://www.marxrv.com/12volt/12volt.htm
that will help you figure you needs. If your solar does not replenish your batteries then you start to withdraw from your amp hour bank. This is the magic number that limits your stay. Your bank gets it deposits from the solar and withdraws from your use. At any given time it will fluctuate. Just remember not to draw more that 40% from your bank, then your will be overdrawn!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:00 PM   #24
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Re: I'm battery baffled

I just noticed a lot of corrosion on my exterior battery. My inside battery is encased in an enclosure to keep gasses from getting in the trailer. How often should I open the enclosure to check for water in cells, corrosion etc?
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:20 PM   #25
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I check mine every 6 months, use distilled water only, put some grease or oil on the terminals for corrosion, if real bad pour some coca cola or pepsi on them, amazing what they do to a battery, imagine what your stomach feels like??
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:32 PM   #26
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Re: I'm battery baffled

I cleaned all the corrosion off the exterior battery terminals and had the battery tested. The battery is good. The interior battery is new and incased. Here's my question: will a corroded battery run down a newer battery? I have a 95 w solar panel on the roof and in bright sunshine the batteries seem to be always topped up. Once dusk hits the Fantastic Fan and LED Lighting run down the batteries at an alarming rate. Is this standard?
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:49 PM   #27
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All a corroded battery will do is cut down on your battery output due to the cables/posts creating resistance and your output is decreased. If cleaned and tightly connected then you will be fine. There is nothing wrong with your battery use depleting your a/h over night and then the solar replenishing it the next day, this is normal, as long as you do not deplete below the 60% rule. This is around 11.90 volts.
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depends on your solar panel, what your 24 hour demands are, cost comparison, weight comparison, amp hour capacity. If you have the stock Escape 90 watt solar, then they average 6-7 a/h for 6 hour average means your solar will recharge 30-40 a/h per day. If you use less than that, then one battery is sufficient. There is a site here http://www.marxrv.com/12volt/12volt.htm
that will help you figure you needs. If your solar does not replenish your batteries then you start to withdraw from your amp hour bank. This is the magic number that limits your stay. Your bank gets it deposits from the solar and withdraws from your use. At any given time it will fluctuate. Just remember not to draw more that 40% from your bank, then your will be overdrawn!!
Hi: cpaharley2008... Thanks for this explanation. Now I know why there's so much month left, at the end of the money!!! Alf
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:52 AM   #29
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Batteries Low, Converter Confused?

Took our new 19' out on its maiden voyage and may have fried the batteries? They were OK until return from trip. Left the fridge and the DC switch on, figuring the vehicle would continually charge the DC. But I forgot to turn off the water heater (I did turn off the gas so it couldn't heat, & didn't drain the hot tank).
After about 45 min. driving we stopped for lunch, I forgot to turn off the fridge or DC, but remembered at end of lunch. Battery indicator showed batteries down to "L" (low?) Turned off water tank + DC entirely. Drove another 2 hrs, checked batteries, they partly regained to "F" (fair?) Turned on DC to see if truck would charge it, then another 30 min. home, batteries were back down to "L".
Hooked up to trickle-charger for 4 hrs, made no difference.
Next day I hooked up to AC power & turned DC switch on, that's how Escape says to charge batteries.
But the converter kept making a loud "click" every 30 seconds or so, when its fan would come on, then another 30 seconds and "click" - the fan turns off. WFCO converter. Turned off the DC and the fan and clicking stop, but no battery charging that way.
Test panel continues to show batteries low, and the (new) batteries test at about 1150, which is indeed low.
Can anyone shed light on what's going on?
(PS - I'd have started a new threat about Batteries & Converters" but I don't see any "new thread" button even though the forum tells me I have permissions to do that. So I'm using the closest-related thread I can find.)
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It's normal for the fan on the convertor to cycle on and off when charging especially if it's hot or the batteries are very low and the charger has to work hard.

A trickle charge of 4 hours wouldn't make much difference in a very low state. I'd disconnect the batteries from the trailer wiring and trickle charge them for at least 24 to 48 hrs. Also, make sure the water is not low in the batteries; use distilled water only if you need to top them up.

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