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Discussion in 'MOTORHOME CHAT' started by bailey, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. bailey

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    Question when should I change my battery it's 5 years old when touring I'm normally on 240 volt but want to change to wild camping And should I get 2

    Bill
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    If you are going to double up then get two new ones, an old and new do not mix!

    Peter
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    Aaargh! I've got one that has failed and I was just going to replace it! :cry: Two! :cry: :cry::Doh:
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    Get two new batteries and treat them to a battery maintainer. Use this continuously when at home.

    Avoid flattening the battery when possible - but don't be religious about it. Life is too short.

    Have fun!
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    Is there a big benefit for going for 2 and what should be the Average price.
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    SAME HERE, WE COULD MAKE A PAIR BETWEEN US. BUSBY. Why does one fail?
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    depends on your average electric useage...if you're a very light user, no TV and minimal lghting etc or only use campsites with hookup then you maybe wont benefit from a second battery.

    if spend time 'off grid' then the more reserve battery power you have the longer you can stay off hookup.

    I have 4 x 110amp batteries giving me 220amps usable power (only discharge to 50%) but as a relatively heavy user (rv's eat power :Sad:) we can get 3 to 4 days when the sun is too weak to get any real charge from the solar panel

    price !
    normally, as with anything, the more you pay the better the quality...but not always.
    £70 to £80 is average for a 110ah lead/acid battery.
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  8. bailey

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    If I get 2 how do I link them up please in lamens terms
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    They power you for twice as long.

    They take twice as long to charge.

    So if you were relying on solar you'd probably have to up the panels.

    Think of a battery as your fuel tank, would double the tank size be a benefit or are you always able to fill up in time ?
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    different question

    as we are talking leisure btys can I ask this Q.
    Have a new bty and its "guaranteed" for x number off cycles.
    However as am on EHU mostly here in Spain how will it discharge and re-charge
    Surely it will be charged all the time as only using LED lights and not much else.
    PS don't forget to answer the Q about wireing up 2 btys
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    Put this way it may confuse some.


    I think the two glass analogy is a better way to explain it...

    If you fill a pint glass you have a pint.

    If you half fill two pint glasses you have a pint.

    So you don't really have to double on solar input.
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    I too am thinking about two batteries but on mine it's under the drivers seat(L/H drive) and there's no room for two. :Sad:
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    What van have you got quickstart. BUSBY.
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    Sorry KICKSTART!!!!! BUSBY.
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    it's a Burstner on a Ducato 2003
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    a bad battery will pull a good one down causing it to fail quicker, if one has failed and they are the same age it stands to reason the other may no have long left anyway.
    To connect a pair of batteries connect in parallel i.e. pos to pos and neg to neg, treat a s a pair and preferably take the earth from one battery and pos feed from the other (but not essential).

    do you need a second battery or extra solar panel, well to answer that you need to do some sums how many amp/hrs are you going to need, will you be on hookup or wilding, will you be moving every day, 2 days or staying put for a while.

    Remember any battery should only be discharged to 50% if you want it to live a while, solar will at least ensure it does not stay flat for long if you overdo it but you must monitor the power available and usage at all times, thats the price you have to pay for living off grid.
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    I have a 98 peugeot boxer and i get two 85 amp/hrs under the drivers seat, just. Bit fiddly but they go in. BUSBY.
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    I've got no chance of that,looks like sticking to one and going steady
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    I think most of the questions have already been answered so I will just add this, If you want to monitor your batteries I came across these battery monitors from National Luna fitted to a customers 4x4 and just refitted to the vehicle we are converting for him, dead easy to fit and will monitor each battery individually even in a 24volt bank, there are several versions available in fact I have just got myself this one http://www.expedition-equipment.com...national-luna-dual-battery-monitor-with-alarm
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    Are you sure. I thought Fiat and Peugeot would have same size seat boxes. You have to remove seat to get them in. I am probably wrong. BUSBY.

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