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#1 OFFLINE   Jillneddie


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 05:07 PM

Got a quote on a host Cascade. Option is 2 6 volt batteries or 2 standard 12 volt deep cycle. What are the advantages of 6 vs 12?

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:23 PM

6vdc batteries typically have thicker plates allowing heavier charge and discharge than the thinner plates of a 12vdc battery.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:16 AM

If you plan on doing a lot of boon docking go with the deep cycle 6v batteries and solar. You won't regret it.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 03:18 PM

12's are cheaper that's for sure.  We recently put 4 six volts in our 5'er.  About double the price per battery times four for 4 six volt golf cart batteries.  But we have a ton of solar on the trailer roof.  Three 160 watt panels.  Next upgrade will be a good size inverter.   Thinking 4,000 watts.


In our truck camper we have 2 Group 29's and 80 watts solar on the roof.  (Not so effective in the winter when there is 2+ feet of snow on the campers roof)  Keeps the lights and furnace ignitor & fan operational.   

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:23 PM

When you have two 6v wired up as a 12v battery you have a much larger storage of power.
But it comes at a cost, the 6v batteries are heavier.

We got a good price on our 6v golf cart batteries from that big box retail chain based in Kirkland wa.
They were only about $20 more per battery vs the group 24 12v ones they replaced.

We mostly boondocks and really needed the extra power in reserve.

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:16 AM

I just had to replace both of my batteries after one exploded in the TC. It basicly shorted out inside its self. the ones I put back after repairs were two group 29's marine batteries. And two extra our on the trailer for four of them.

  :sign0007: I got it fixed!


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