Best House Batteries ?
Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:41 AM
<p>I would appreciate any advice. Thank you.</p>
Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:33 AM
Please tell us what size, kind and number you have right now. That will help us know what will fit.
What inverter charger do you have-- MSW or Sine Wave? How many amps of charging available?
How much dry camping do you do?
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2003 Alpine 38'
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:08 AM
Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:44 AM
The key question is "boondocking" When you are on shore power, the battery really doesn't matter. If you are an occasional boondocker and just want lights for a night, then a decent battery works.
if you boondock a lot, and want some appliances working, then you will need an inverter installed. Now your power requirements will be more.
We are occasional boonies. When parked, I run the TV,( through an inverter) a few lights, and my Cpap machine, also through the inverter. I have two good quality 12 volt deep cell batteries in parallel. They give me about 8 hours of power. if you want more, then either 2 more 12 volts will work, but if you have the space, 2 or 4 6 volt Golf club batteries would be the best solution.
be sure any batteries you use are deep cell, not marine or starter batteries.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:21 PM
Regardless of size you need to have deep cycle batteries. Six volt golf cart batteries seem to be the best choice. The type of battery construction depends on your pocket book.
Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:23 AM
...I would go with AGM batteries never have to worry about filling or checking the water level....
Great batteries, but a bit pricey.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:52 PM
I got rid of the four wet cell batteries and they were repalced with AGMs. WOW! No more fumbling around with distilled water, cleaning up overflows and corrosion.
The choice came after getting rid of the Norcold LRIM 1200 fire hazard refrigerator freezer. The "residential" Whirlpool refrigerator-freezer was installed by Beckley's in Thurmont, MD. A beautiful job, pricey install, but worth it.
After that an additional pure sine wave inverter was installed to handle to Whirlpool when driving without the generator running.
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