Originally Posted by bkcasa161
We went to lake this weekend and had battery go TU. I am leaning to two 12 volt batteries. A friend has two 6 volt, golf cart batteries. Is there advantage either way ?
Marine or regular truck battery ?
Any advantage of closed cell batteries? Is it worth the $$$
Once agin any input is welcomed. THANKS
First let me welcome you to the JAYCO forum!!! There is a lot of good information here, and a lot of knowledgeable people.
You ask a question that in most cases will give you as many answers as people you ask and the answer is usually of personal preference. The final decision will be yours, so read and investigate before deciding.
Can you supply us with a little more information?
- What your year/model TT you have?
- Do you have LED lighting?
- How many times a year you dry-camp?
- How long you dry camp? (2 days, 3 days, week..)
- How do you charge the batteries while dry camping?
All important questions when making your selection.
If you are serious about dry-camping, then you need a TRUE Deep Cycle battery system. True deep cycle batteries are designed for long term loads. The RV/Marine batteries are not TRUE Deep cycle batteries, they are a hybrid battery and can be used for starting vehicles or some long term load discharges. They have a little thicker plate than a Car/Truck battery, but not as thick as a TRUE deep cycle battery. IF it has a CCA rating (Cold Cranking Amps), it is not a true deep cycle battery. If you only dry camp on occasion and not regularly, you could probably get away with them.
If you will be mounting your batteries outside the TT, you can use regular flooded batteries, and they are less expensive. If you have to mount the batteries inside the TT, I would recommend the sealed (AGM) type batteries ($$$). As for performance their output is close to that of a flooded battery.
12 volt battery vs (2) 6 volt battery system. The 6 volt deep cycle batteries are built for higher Ah ratings. Again most people have their personal preference when selecting batteries.
Battery size will play a big part as to how successful your dry-camping adventure goes. You need to know how much of a load you place on your batteries over time (dry-camping). Lights, Co detector, fridge low voltage circuits, inverter, radio idle state drain...). You need to sit down and do your calculating as for how much battery you really need.
If you purchase a 200Ah battery, you need to understand that you only have 1/2 of the 200Ah or 100Ah that you can use without eventually damaging your battery. When that battery voltage hits 12Volts, you should be terminating your loads. A fully charged battery is 12.6 Volts.
When you use your battery power you need to replace it. How do you plan on charging your battery while dry-camping?
Just some things to think about.....
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