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themetalman

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hello........

i was wondering if anyone has ever connected two 8d batteries together to run the house power...
 

Tom

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There's nowt wrong with connecting two 8D batteries in parallel. Are you thinking of adding a second 8D to an existing one?

If you're talking about all new batteries and have the space, why not use golf cart batteries? A pair of 8D's will give you roughly 480 amp hours of capacity. 4 golf cart batteries connected for 12V will give you 440 amp hours in a little less space and 6 of them would give you 660 amp hours in slightly more space than the pair of 8Ds. Golf cart batteries are designed for repeated heavy daily discharge.
 

Tom

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Normally, deep cycle batteries would be re-charged either by an on-board generator or by plugging into shore power and and on-board charger . Unless you have a very high output alternator and/or are driving a lot of hours, an alternator won't adequately re-charge your batteries.

Can I assume that you have a travel trailer or 5th wheel rather than a motorhome? If so, what size alternator does your current tow vehicle have? Maybe someone else can provide more info on available alternator sizes.
 

Terry A. Brewer

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>>i was wondering if anyone has ever connected two 8d batteries together to run the house power...<<

I have 3 AGM 8d's connected together...no problems going on 4 years.

 

Shayne

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Terry  glad to see you are back amongst the cast to RVforum.net.  How's the house coming along.
 

Lou Schneider

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Golf cart batteries are essentially the same as an 8D battery split in half.  Putting two 6 volt golf cart batteries in series gives you approximately the same amount of power as you'll find in a single 8D battery.  The advantage is the weight distribution - each golf cart battery weighs about half as much as the 8D, making them easier to lift in and out of the RV.



 
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