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 on: October 16, 2014, 05:52:14 pm 
Started by CDWall - Last post by AMW
Ron,
I have no clue what the best manufacturer would be, but I've had Interstate Batteries for every automotive and RV application for years and have no complaints.  Interstate Batteries has a dealer locator on their website, www.interstatebatteries.com.  I'm not a battery expert but everything I've read indicates that there is no better choice in terms of deep cycle applications than wet cell lead acid, especially for dry camping.  I would find it impossible to maintain them properly without an easy way to access the top of the batteries with plenty of clearance (drawer pullout).  In my class A, I had 4 x 6V batteries in a large non-pullout compartment with plenty of clearance above...I could almost get my whole body above them...but still they were a backbreaking hassle to pull all the caps and fill all the cells.  I love the PC pullout drawer, what a pleasure.  I'm plugged into shore power year-round (when not dry camping a few weeks a year), so I pull the caps and check the cells once a month.  I don't have to add water every time, but often...more often as the batteries age.  I like to have a good look at them anyway, and since I do watch them, I don't get corrosion and keep the terminals sprayed with anti-corrosion spray and wipe them clean every time.

 32 
 on: October 16, 2014, 01:49:57 pm 
Started by CDWall - Last post by ron.dittmer
My experience with 6v golf cart batteries is its difficult to prevent leakage of battery fluid from the vented caps and the subsequent corrosion of the tray, glides, and any attaching metal.  Also its critical to have easy access to view the fluid levels and maintain regularly and properly.

I will try AGM batteries next if affordable for their promise of cleanliness, ease of ownership, and charge retention.
Oh.....That is good to know.  Something to consider.  Thanks!

 33 
 on: October 16, 2014, 12:05:32 pm 
Started by CDWall - Last post by randallandchris
My experience with 6v golf cart batteries is its difficult to prevent leakage of battery fluid from the vented caps and the subsequent corrosion of the tray, glides, and any attaching metal.  Also its critical to have easy access to view the fluid levels and maintain regularly and properly.

I will try AGM batteries next if affordable for their promise of cleanliness, ease of ownership, and charge retention.

 34 
 on: October 15, 2014, 08:54:37 pm 
Started by CDWall - Last post by ron.dittmer
That is just the data I was seeking.  Thank you so much.  A "Helpful" for you.

I compared it to a couple Duracell 6V golf cart batteries sold at Sam's Club.  It is hard to tell comparing specs because they don't use the exact same terminology, but your battery appears to be 10% more capable.

YOU WILL FIND THIS NEXT PARAGRAPH INTERESTING.

Earlier I called the manufacture of the Duracell batteries and spoke to a technical person there.  They said for motor home applications, a pair of smaller Sam's Club EGC2 Duracell 6V golf cart batteries hooked up in series, will "noticeably" outperform two larger Duracell deep cycle 12V hooked up in parallel.  I asked, how can that be because the 12V are so much bigger?  They assured me the two 6V "packs a punch", in their own words, so not to worry.

My question today is which is the best affordable golf cart battery to buy?  I favor conventional Lead Acid batteries only for affordability.  I consider $112 per battery at Sam's to be affordable, and I would pay a little more to get a little better.  I did not yet find a local store who sells the Interstate battery.  I also am researching other brands.  It is hard to compare because like I said earlier, they use different terminology with their specs.

One day when I get 6V batteries in-hand, it sounds like I will need to lower my battery tray to accommodate their taller height.  I don't see that being a problem as I always thought my tray was set high and can see an easy mod to lower it significantly.  If that isn't enough, I have no problem eliminating the sliding tray altogether and install a fixed floor and a means to hold the batteries in place.  I will make it work one way or the other.

 35 
 on: October 15, 2014, 08:20:09 pm 
Started by CDWall - Last post by AMW
Ron, The two 6V batteries Phoenix installed on my 2015 2100 are: Interstate Batteries, Deep Cycle Extreme, GC2-XHD-UTL.  The info printed on the label says "122mins@75Amps" "232 AH".  I can't pretend to know exactly what that means.

 36 
 on: October 15, 2014, 01:41:03 pm 
Started by Margie - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Tom & All,

The latches are easily found on the internet.  Google "RV Cabinet Push Button Latch" to find many for sale in various finishes and mechanical designs.  I selected ONE LIKE THIS for ease of installation with my drawers.  It requires a simple drilled hole in the drawer face.  The finishing trim ring is hammered into the hole of the drawer.  The main assembly/mechanism is screwed to the back side of the drawer face.  I used the "L" shaped drawer strike plate for my application.  Because the face boards of my three drawers are screwed to an inner drawer board, I had to notch the inner drawer boards to provide clearance for the latches.  Here you can see the inner drawer boards that were later notched to clear the latches.


Mine is pictured below.  Admittedly I was not impressed with the mechanical feel until after I doused the mechanisms with silicone spray which got them working smoothly.

 37 
 on: October 15, 2014, 12:42:53 pm 
Started by Margie - Last post by TomHanlon
    Ron, how about some pictures of the latch from inside the drawer so we can see how they work. Where did you get them from and at what cost.

    I too am always replacing the spring part of the latches. I am starting to notice that if I tighten the screws holding the latch to the wall/cabinet they seem to work better and not break as often.

 38 
 on: October 15, 2014, 11:50:28 am 
Started by Margie - Last post by ron.dittmer
We have those latches on our 2007 2350.

We've broke four latches over the years.  Three were the hook on the door itself, one being the spring-loaded mechanism.

The doors rarely open on their own, usually when an article of clothing has draped over the opening a bit and the door is shut over it.  We keep much of our bulk stuff behind cabinet doors, but in plastic bins with straight-up sides and no handles so they'll never hit a door from the back side.

Reconfiguring our kitchen drawers to three huge ones made them very heavy, very easy to open on their own, even with 5 heavy duty magnetic catches per drawer.  I resorted to the secure button latches used in boats and other RVs.

Here are my kitchen drawer button latches.  They won't release until the button is popped out as seen in the bottom drawer.  They work great as long as you remember to push the button in before moving the rig.  Smile

 39 
 on: October 15, 2014, 11:36:03 am 
Started by CDWall - Last post by ron.dittmer
Could someone share what 6V battery is Phoenix installing in their new PC?  Make & model please.  I am looking into 6V batteries and want to get an idea on what Phoenix has been installing.

 40 
 on: October 14, 2014, 02:24:14 pm 
Started by Margie - Last post by keelhauler
I shopped around and found the best price at Amazon for genuine Southco Latch c3-805. It is listed as Southco Inc SC-4325 Side-Mount Grabber Catch, 5 Lbs, a genuine Southco Latch c3-805.
http://www.amazon.com/Southco-SC-4325-Side-Mount-Grabber-Catches/dp/B002I03LEM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413306610&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Southco+Latch+c3-805
Price is $4.71 plus $9.21 for shipping as many as you want.
You can buy 3lb, 5 lb or 10 lb pull for the same price.

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