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Old 08-23-2014, 05:25 PM   #11
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ChuckD37, How did you modify the adjacent compartment to hold the 4 6-volt golf cart batteries. This is what I want to do but it looks like quite a job. I've been thinking about putting the batteries under the bed - in the all the way through basement compartment at the end of my 31FK. I would prefer to keep the batteries near the middle of the RV as it is closer to the alternator for charging while driving and closer to the generator for those several cloudy days in a row when solar may not work so great.
I intend to run the solar wires (4 gauge) down through the wall between the toilet and the bedroom. That wall already contains the black water vent pipe. I think that I will add an additional pipe to hold the two solar wires that will run from the combiner box to the charge controller.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:22 PM   #12
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If you put batteries under the bed make sure you use AGM batteries.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:57 AM   #13
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Has anyone tried to use a portable glass mat type battery kept in the coach to run the tv and appliance with a portable inverter? When the battery gets low it can be charged by a batterry charger plugged into the inverter with the generator running to power it. I think this would work and be a viable option for some of us. I want to try this and wanted to see if this has been tried before? Thanks
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Yes I have an AGM battery under the bed.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:34 AM   #15
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If you could provide more detail on the set up you are using with your agm battery. Are using a inverter? Thanks and safe travels to you and yours !
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:48 AM   #16
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I used to do something similar using sealed batteries in my early tent days. Had a good resource for used UPS UNIT pull-out batteries so always had 10 or 12 to carry along on camping trips... They did quite well but the problem was always depleting them down to nothing and not recharging properly. They would eventually completely die on me and not take a charge.

Once they got discharged then they would freeze and crack the case real easy...

Knowing then what I know now I think I could get them to last longer by following a good scheduled plan to re-charge them in prompt manner.

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Thanks, I see your comments often, that are helpful... I plan to try this out boon docking or using non electric sites.
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I intend to run the solar wires (4 gauge) down through the wall between the toilet and the bedroom. That wall already contains the black water vent pipe. I think that I will add an additional pipe to hold the two solar wires that will run from the combiner box to the charge controller.
What is the total wattage of your panels? You may be better off running 1ga wire. Even if 4ga is sufficient for now you will probably want to add more panels in the future and doing this would mean not having to run larger wire later..
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I have four panels that are 158 watts each for a total of 632 watts. If I remember right the voltage calculator indicated that 4 gauge would be sufficient.
I also have a Tristar 60 charge controller and a 2000 watt Magnum MS2012 PSW inverter. I plan on having four 6-volt batteries. They will probably be AGM as I will not have easy access to them for checking the fluid level. My 31 FK has room for only one coach battery so I'll have to build a compartment.
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