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NevadaVandal

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Posted: 05/30/20 08:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have 2 12v deep cycle batteries instead of 2 6v deep cycle batteries. Can I connect in tandem and use in my travel trailer? Thnks

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Posted: 05/30/20 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes. Your trailer uses 12v not 6. In order to use 6v batteries, one must connect them together in series to make one large 12v battery.

Connect your two 12v batteries together in parallel to keep them at 12v and you will be good to go. Keep in mind that both batteries should be of equal age/condition or one will discharge the other.
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Posted: 05/30/20 08:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It sounds silly to some but , if you hooked up 100 " batteries " in parallel they become one " battery ". Kinda like canons , one is a canon , 100 is a battery , two is a battery and so on from there .

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Yes. It will work fine assuming they are the same size and type of battery.
Wire just as Barney's fine diagram shows.

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Posted: 05/30/20 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One thing nice about wiring 12 volt batteries in parallel is that additional batteries can be added in any combination of odd or even. Three makes twelve volts, four makes twelve volts and so forth. Sixes must be added in pairs.

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I think you will need an extra battery cable. Might want to order one before removing the other batteries. Assuming they're installed and working.

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Thanks to all. I appreciate and that helps. Thank you!!!

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Be careful...do it right. Have someone knowledgeable review your wire/cable plan.


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Posted: 05/30/20 12:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you haven't bought the 12v yet...make sure you are really getting deep cycle batteries.

6v golf cart batteries are legitimate deep cycle batteries.

Most 12v dual purpose batteries are really just starting batteries relabeled and won't hold near as many amp-hr.


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NevadaVandal wrote:

I have 2 12v deep cycle batteries instead of 2 6v deep cycle batteries.

When you plan on replacing them two 6V golf cart batteries will usually store more energy and cost less.

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