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Old 05-08-2012, 06:52 PM   #11
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Mr. A,
Can you elaborate on your battery modification?
Is the lighter, sealed gel battery as powerful as your original?

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:16 AM   #12
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Mr. A,
Can you elaborate on your battery modification?
Is the lighter, sealed gel battery as powerful as your original?

Thanks.
They're all different, of course, but mine was about 50% more expensive and only about 3/4 as good as the original on a full charge when new. But it's about 10 times as good at holding a charge in storage, and it should last many more years than a standard battery. For dry camping, I can always bring another battery along when I want to.

I did the install by making wiring connections in the original battery box, in order to make it easy to reverse things back to the original configuration if I ever want to. You only need one wire because the trailer frame provides the ground side. I also installed a battery isolation switch at the same time.
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They're all different, of course, but mine was about 50% more expensive and only about 3/4 as good as the original on a full charge when new. But it's about 10 times as good at holding a charge in storage, and it should last many more years than a standard battery. For dry camping, I can always bring another battery along when I want to.

I did the install by making wiring connections in the original battery box, in order to make it easy to reverse things back to the original configuration if I ever want to. You only need one wire because the trailer frame provides the ground side. I also installed a battery isolation switch at the same time.
My pair of group 24 Interstate RV/Marine batteries were purchased new in April 2005. They are still doing quite well.

This implies that the life expectancy of your battery is more than 5 years. That spreads the cost out quite well, reducing the cost of ownership.
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