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Old 09-18-2009, 04:04 PM   #11
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Re: Escape Battery pack

With the 19, I am quite glad for the batteries being in the front. With the large storage space under the rear bed, keeping enough weight on the hitch is more of an issue then having too much.
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:47 PM   #12
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Re: Escape Battery pack

Where is the standard 12V battery mounted on a 17'B Escape? Is that different for the dual 6v? Can someone with the dual 6v setup comment on if they think that it is worthwhile? One problem I could foresee would be that replacing 6v batteries would be more expensive and more difficult to find them?

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:51 PM   #13
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The 12V battery would be also on the hitch, like the dual 6V. The manufacturer needs to know early on whether you want the dual 6V, because that means mods need to be done to the frame. I have obviously no experience yet how the dual 6V will work out for me yet...
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:03 AM   #14
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Re: Escape Battery pack

On the 17 footer, the battery is bumper mounted. If you pre-order, you can get two bumper-mounted batteries.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:37 PM   #15
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Re: Escape Battery pack

I'm really happy with the 2 6V setup on our 19. We just got back from a 5 day 4 night trip to the Mendocino coast, and were on battery power the whole time. Our primary current users were the heater fan (it was cold and damp!) and water pump. Our lights are LED, very little current draw there. I checked the monitor just before we left, and my charge level was still Good. I'm betting I could have gotten one or two more nights out of the batteries.

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Old 10-14-2009, 10:23 PM   #16
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Re: Escape Battery pack

The battery on the 17 can be mounted on the bumper OR the tongue. Ours came on the front so I moved it to the rear.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:43 PM   #17
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Re: Escape Battery pack

Ron,

We opted for the dual 12's, versus the dual 6's. On the 19, they are both boxed under each dinette seat and vented out. With the wife and 4 year old, we can go about 3-4 days on one 12, before we need to switch to the second. So we can easily be out for almost two weeks, before we start to notice the battery drain.

Our friends (who have some other brand of crappy trailer), have inline 6's and i think they lasted longer than I did on one 12, but they didn't go as long as us with both 12's.

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Old 10-27-2009, 01:50 PM   #18
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Re: Escape Battery pack

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Our friends (who have some other brand of crappy trailer), have inline 6's and i think they lasted longer than I did on one 12, but they didn't go as long as us with both 12's.
Be careful with these comparisons b/c there are a lot of variables you have to take into account for a true comparison. For example: Were you both using power for the same length of time (they ran lights for 2 hrs each night but you used yours only 1 hour), were you using the same # of appliances (they had 6 lights on but you only had 2 lights on), were you using similar appliances (they have incandescent lights whereas you have LED lights). I'm no electrician, so it very well could be that two 12's in parallel lasts longer than two 6v in series.

In any event, I would say that if you like to dry camp for extended periods & weight & cost isn't an issue, then two batteries (whether 6v or 12v) would be better than one.

We have the two 6v and had a 95 watt solar panel installed to hopefully increase our ability to dry camp for longer periods. Haven't had a chance yet to see how long we can push it but look forward to finding out. Of course, adding solar in addition to an extra battery adds cost too.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:11 AM   #19
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Re: Escape Battery pack

Has anyone tried the gel (Optima among other brands) type deep cycle batteries? They are supposed to hold a charge much longer, have more capacity and be generally less finicky than conventional deep cycle batteries. We are hoping for a new 17B Escape next spring and I am considering getting one of those rather than the twin 6 volts and would appreciate any wisdom.

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Old 10-28-2009, 11:50 AM   #20
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reading over the years at rv.net AGM has been reported to be the top Dog over the Optima. The AGM lifeline series if I recall specifically.
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