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Old 07-25-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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Re: Solar package with 2x 6 volt or 2 x 12 volt AGM batteries

I think the a/h of 2 X6 and 2 X 12 would be close, approximately 200 total. But the weight is my concern between 2 six volts versus 2 X12 v AGM, are they the same and if so why not put the AGM inside?
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:30 PM   #12
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Re: Solar package with 2x 6 volt or 2 x 12 volt AGM batteries

I'm surprised at those weight figures. For a 2500# dry weight trailer with a 4000# capacity, most of the 19' are at or near that number.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #13
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Re: Solar package with 2x 6 volt or 2 x 12 volt AGM batteries

I went for a single 12 volt battery for a diffrent reason.
I boondock camp mainly, for extended times.
Two 6 volt batteries would last a lot longer, but I would still run out of power.
So I bought a 1,000 watt inverter generator.
I run the generator about every 6 days for about 3 hours,
this brings my battery up to about 80%.
Works good for me.
Solar is not an working option in the forest .
LED bulbs help alot.
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:11 PM   #14
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Re: Solar package with 2x 6 volt or 2 x 12 volt AGM batteries

From our experience, the panels work great, even in the forest. Last summer we boondocked in a thick cedar forest, where there was little, if any direct sunlight. We spent a lot of time searching for tiny sunbeams to sit in to drink our coffee! We never worried about using our lights (LEDs) and we even used the shower. Each day the batteries would rebound, in the shade. We did this for two weeks. We have had the same experience camping in Jasper, Alberta, where the furnace kicks in throughout the night as the temperature drops below freezing. I have made this point before on the forum, so forgive me, but we just are so happy with our panels. It was the best option for us. We run two six volt batteries, mounted on our rear bumper.

Just returned from our 26 day run down the Washington, Oregon and Northern California coast, then into Lassen Park, and finally to Folsum Lake neat Sacramento. What a great trip!
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:39 PM   #15
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Re: Solar package with 2x 6 volt or 2 x 12 volt AGM batteries

Solar panel and 2 six volt batteries.
4 days in Glacier Parks in the trees. 100% at the end of the day, every day.

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Old 08-12-2011, 01:02 AM   #16
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Re: Solar package with 2x 6 volt or 2 x 12 volt AGM batteries

My 19ft has 2 six volt batteries and a front storage box and a solar panel. I would not use the AMG batteries are Gel filled. A friend last summer gave me his dead AMG which cost a lot of money and did not work in his trailer. He replaced the battery with a lead acid type it is working for him.
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Solar panel and 2 six volt batteries.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:54 PM   #18
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Re: Solar package with 2x 6 volt or 2 x 12 volt AGM batteries

Come ahead! We got to meet somewhere. We are probably going to Kiptopeke in Sep to watch the birdies. I'm still working on getting pictures from the trip. I want to get the carport moved back 5 feet to make it as easy to back in as it was in the Casita days.

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