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Old 10-10-2015, 02:54 PM   #1
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Duel batteries

Still waiting on my new pinnacle but was wondering if it should have two batteries. Since it has the generator option will it have a selector switch or the standard disconnect, or just a separate generator battery
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:46 PM   #2
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My Eagle has 2 and I don't recall a Pinnacle without 2.
My dealer furnished them.
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:57 PM   #3
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If you have/ use a gen set (and/or camp power) then you won't have as much need for a battery, let alone two.

I only camp with power - yet when it came time for a battery replacement I upgraded with two. My compromise was a cheaper pair of 12V marine ones, wired in parallel. Total expense (Walmart) - with additional cables - maybe $240.

EDIT TO ASK: Does the gen set use the house battery to start or does it have its' own battery?
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I do not know since I have not received my unit. It seem stupid to have just one battery for the Rv and built in generator. I ordered with gen because my mountain property has no power and I dry camp for over two months. It would also make no sense to just have a battery disconnect like the pinnacles come with and not a 1, 2, both or off selector. Be kind of hard to start gen if only it comes with a house battery that u use up. The dealer had no units with factory generators that is why I asked how they came
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Old 10-10-2015, 11:59 PM   #5
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Looking at the thread title, it is unclear if you want two batteries to do battle with each other, or to work together. duel vs dual.
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Old 10-11-2015, 05:32 AM   #6
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I have two batteries in my Designer. They are 6v Trojan T-105's wired in series. They just passed the 5 year mark and are going strong. I check the water level every spring and every fall. Even with a generator they allow me to go several days with minimal generator use when off the grid. If I'm by myself I will run the generator a couple of times each morning to make coffee and not at all the rest of the day unless my television addiction kicks in during the evening.
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In my TT I added a second battery and a selector switch so I could never kill both at same time. I did like u with a portable Honda 3000is ran just a few hrs a day. My question should of been does it come with two batteries and are they on a selector switch, wired together, or separate?
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I'm venturing out here but if you have them (electrically) separated - so as to not kill both - then only one would be on the charge side of the gen set?

It sounds like you need all the battery power you can get; if so then you need to go with what EdATL has done, use 2 6V batteries in series.

Additionally your gen set should have its own start battery. Pull starting them ain't as much fun as they get older and poorly maintained.
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That is why u use a selector switch like boats have and that is what I did for my TT. U can use either or both for house and when genny is running select both to let FW charge both. I was hoping someone got a 2016 pinnacle with generator and tell me how it is wired to the battery or batteries. Tell me about changing batteries older in life it was not easy from the bilge in my 30 foot cruiser
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We have four 6V batteries w solar panels on roof of 2015 Pinnacle to keep refer going when dry camping. No generator.
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