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Old 10-05-2016, 02:57 PM   #1
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Two 6 volt batteries - parallel/series

I am going to order the two 6 volt batteries and the solar panel setup. At present I have 75watts of portable solar panel (Goal Zero) that I have been using to charge my deep cycle 12volt battery in my Aliner with their controller and alligator clips to the battery. I wrote them to ask if I could use this setup with two 6 volt batteries and their response was yes if the batteries are connected in series. Couple questions - how are the 6 volt batteries in the Escapes connected? Can they be connected either way? Advantages of each way? I talked with an Escape owner with roof solar and the only downside was when the trailer was parked in shade. Having the option to use my portable panel would solve this when necessary. Make sense??
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:06 PM   #2
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Two 6 volt batteries in parallel is a stronger 6 volt battery. The only way to get 12 volts from 6 volt batteries is to connect two 6's in series.

Your current solar setup would work just fine connecting the leads to the + of the first battery and the - of the second battery.

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Old 10-05-2016, 05:58 PM   #3
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You can have then install, or you can install one of these for your hookup:
Zamp Solar RVROOFSIDE Sidewall Port
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Adding to Ron's directions, you also need to connect the - of the first battery to the + of the second battery. That completes the series connection.
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Adding to Ron's directions, you also need to connect the - of the first battery to the + of the second battery. That completes the series connection.
I believe Ron was referring to how the solar panel would be connected across the batteries, but you are correct in reference to how the actual batteries need to be connected.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:53 PM   #6
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Rubicon327, I agree you read Ron's comment correctly. And in answer to the original post, ETI connects the batteries in series. That provides 12v to water pump, fridge, lights, etc.
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Here's what's in my tongue box.
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Myron nice set up. It appears the smaller diameter red wire off the Positive is to the 12V section of the WFCO power center which makes sense. Is the other large gauge wire with the "system fuse" routed to an inverter?
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Thanks. "SYSTEM FUSE" goes direct into the power center inside.
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Thanks. "SYSTEM FUSE" goes direct into the power center inside.
Do you have an inverter? Sorry but I still don't understand the two lines leaving the battery positive and the heavy gauge on the one wire. Just curious why the trailer is wired this way. Thanks.
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