Is any one using Golf Cart batteries in their RV. Also, I was told any battery that as MCA on it is not a true deep cycle battery. The more I read about 6 volt, 12 volt and Golf Cart batteries the more confused I get.
I run 6 volt golf cart batteries(Sam's Club) in my motorhome. Just replaced them this year the previous set had lasted me 10 years. Which ever way you go the more amp hours you have the longer your batteries will last between charging them. One thing to keep in mind is that your rv is a 12 volt system and with using 2 6 volt batteries if one goes bad your dead in the water, i have the space so i run 4 of them to remedy that problem should it arise. Regardless of which way you go i feel maintenance of the batteries in the off season is key to having batteries last over a longer period of time. Hope this helped some with your confusion.
I'm also running dual 6 volts in my camper. Make sure you get true deep cycle batteries, those combo marine/RV batteries are not the answer. I picked up my 6v's at Batteries Plus along with the cables to tie them together. The extended amp hours is awesome!
That is probably true on it face but you can't use a broad brush to cover all the difference batteries if you want to pick the best battery for your RV. Why would you want to use a marine battery in a RV? Marine batteries cost more because they are design to take the pounding they would be subject to in a boat.
My current batteries were put in a couple of years ago by a previous owner and came from Costco. I have a good on board generator, but I want to up grade the batteries when they go bad, or after 4 years. Just trying to decide what will best meet my needs.
As for taking a beating, I am not sure the batteries I had in a couple of 26' boats I ran in the salt for many years took as much of a beating as the 2 batteries sitting on the tongue of my 30' Toy Hauler do on the Ak. Hwy. and these Alaskan roads. Ya got me.
In the future what ever battery I use will be a "true" deep cycle battery. I am currently looking at the Interstate Golf Cart batteries, but don't want to run 4 batteries, so I may just try and find the "best" 12 volt deep cycle batteries.
Instead of looking for a true deep cycle to replace the batteries in the toy hauler in two years. If you learn what you need to do to increase the life of the batteries you all ready have. It's possible to extend the life of the batteries beyond 6 years saving you a lots of money.
I recently switched to Trojan T105 6 volt batteries for my 5er and I bought them in Los Anchorage for about $100 LESS each than I could get on Amazon before shipping. You need two in series to reach 12 volts required. They are deeper cycled and don't "run out" as easy. More consistent. I love them.
You're in the Kenai area right? Stop in at Gary's Auto and Marine Electric on K-beach. He can set you up and explain how it all works with the 2 golf car 6v batteries. I went this route on my enclosed snowmachine trailer. I'll never go back to 12v. Even with a pair of good 12v. Batteries when Winter camping with the furnace running all night by morning the batteries were pretty much stone dead. With the golf car batteries the furnace is still spinning nice and fast. That one will sell you quick. Sure. I have a Honda generator I can let run all night to keep warm. But even as quiet as a Honda is, quiet is still often nicer.
I run four Trojan T-105, 6 volt battery's wired in series and Parallel, to get 12 Volts in my off grid home.
I cant say for sure how much of a beating they would take, but the T105's will hold a charge a long time.
Owners in milder climates getting the lithium itch and for good reason, but after talking with Tim at AK Performance RV & Marine, went with two 6V-golf cart batteries for our solar installation (Lance 865) upon his recommendation last year. Now 6,000 plus miles later after a long, slow summer trip across Mainland - I'll say we never looked back. Lithium has real advantages if you don't contend with very cold temps though. Thanks, Tim!
Lithium has real advantages if you don't contend with very cold temps though. Thanks, Tim!
There also very complicated and expensive.
To be fair lead acid batteries also have their faults when it comes to cold temperatures. It just that most people don’t know it a problem. The ones that look for help can’t find it, or if they do, most times there sold a product that does not worked.