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Old 05-31-2018, 09:24 AM   #1
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Batteries (series or parallel)?

My 31 has electrical issues it seems. Never much juice from the battery and drained fairly quickly I would say. I had to disconnect my CO2 alarm by the sink because it kept going off from lack of Battery Juice I would say as there was not an air quality problem. If anybody out there has run into electrical drainage problems I would like to know what they were, maybe I have a similar issue. My Camper is parked "Up-Ta-Camp" way off the grid. My Generator was Stolen. Lovely. No $ to replace it or my totaled awning.

I am wondering if other owners use two batteries and if so, are they in Parallel or Series and if you have a picture ( I can't remember the hookup pattern for either one) that would be great.

Also, My wife left our awning up and it was total in a wind storm. The replacement is $1240.00 Total. Does that sound right? 20-foot awning.

OK, that's it for now

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Old 05-31-2018, 10:13 AM   #2
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First the battery issues. If you need more capacity you can increase the number of batteries provided you have room to store them. More batteries equals more amp hour capacity, but you also need a way to replenish (charge) them. How are you recharging the battery now?

One of the most cost-effective solutions is a pair (or pairs) of 6-volt "true" deep-cycle batteries. Two 6-volt batteries would be wired in series with one battery's positive terminal connected to the other battery's negative terminal with a cable. Then your load positive goes to the open positive terminal and the unit's ground cable goes to the open negative terminal. Nothing other than the jumper gets connected in between the batteries.

Two (or more) 12-volt batteries get connected in parallel, positive to positive and negative to negative.

Regarding the awning - Is it manual or power? Did just the fabric get damaged or the arms and tube also? If that quote is for a manual unit and to replace everything including the labor it probably is about right. If it is just for replacement fabric that is different.

Love Downeast, have family in Boothbay but travel frequently up Route 1 to Acadia and further east.
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:46 PM   #3
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Perhaps a small solar charger will help keep your batteries up when you are gone.
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Depends on your battery configuration. Two 6 volt batteries are in series. And 12 volt batteries (2 6V series) are wired in parallel.

How are you charging them?

Have you done any battery maintenance? Most rv batteries are not maintenance free. Periodically you will need to add DISTILLED water to the cells. You never want the top of the plates to be exposed. You NEVER want to use tap water, the minerals will damage the cells.
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Wow, thank you so much for the reply. I was charging Batteries via a wonderful little Honda 2000i but someone stole it right out of my driveway when I had brought it home for a project. There's another $1200 bill I don't have. The Awning, it is/was manual and the price is for arms, fabric labor etc. another $1200 bill I don't have.

My Generator we're pretty sure was stolen by a friend of a young lady who was an aid for my daughter who lives with autism. The girl had accompanied her friend to our house one day. Fu^&*(&^ing drug addicts I'm sure. State Aids for special needs people are way underpaid so you get some really shady trashy people. We've since fired all aids and are looking for other solutions. She/they stole my Still chainsaw the same day. Naturally, we cannot prove anything.

Thank you again for replying to my request for help. I am so devastated with all this. Our camper in the woods is our only quiet place and the convenience and comfort of the awning and generator are really missed.

We're about 30 minutes from Acadia from the camper and 45 from our home.


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First the battery issues. If you need more capacity you can increase the number of batteries provided you have room to store them. More batteries equals more amp hour capacity, but you also need a way to replenish (charge) them. How are you recharging the battery now?

One of the most cost-effective solutions is a pair (or pairs) of 6-volt "true" deep-cycle batteries. Two 6-volt batteries would be wired in series with one battery's positive terminal connected to the other battery's negative terminal with a cable. Then your load positive goes to the open positive terminal and the unit's ground cable goes to the open negative terminal. Nothing other than the jumper gets connected in between the batteries.

Two (or more) 12-volt batteries get connected in parallel, positive to positive and negative to negative.

Regarding the awning - Is it manual or power? Did just the fabric get damaged or the arms and tube also? If that quote is for a manual unit and to replace everything including the labor it probably is about right. If it is just for replacement fabric that is different.

Love Downeast, have family in Boothbay but travel frequently up Route 1 to Acadia and further east.
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There are many inverter generators on the market today! We had Honda's for 15 years very expensive. Consumer Reports rated Westinghouse 2000 and Predator #62523 good ratings both around $500.
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It sure does suck to have your nice stuff stolen, but as stated above there are less-expensive alternatives to the Honda. You had the best (IMHO), but maybe you can find something used you can afford. Without utility power, a generator, or a decent solar setup you will likely have to take your battery or batteries to the stick home to charge them. If that is the case, a single 12-volt deep-cycle battery might be easiest to move back and forth and serve you best. "True" deep-cycle 12-volt batteries are not as easy to find as 6-volt versions and are usually more expensive. The "dual-purpose" batteries you see at Walmart are not as durable as a real deep-cycle battery and deep discharges will kill them fast.

And I still think that price to replace an entire awning is probably a fair one.
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