My First RV

Ken Freund
October 22, 2012
Filed under RV Tech Q&A

We have a 2004 Ford E-450 Class C motor­home that has one 12-volt house battery. When I dry camp the battery does not last and goes dead very fast. I was told they could make a battery tray to fit two 12-volt batteries. What are your comments about this?

Richard Aten l Mesa, Ariz.

Yes, increasing battery capacity is definitely the way to go, as long as you have already looked at power conservation methods such as LED lighting. If you upgrade, use identical deep-cycle batteries, preferably changed at the same time. Many owners have found that a pair of 6-volt golf cart batteries wired in series will provide more power for more years than a pair of 12-volt batteries wired in parallel; and 6-volt batteries are usually less expensive. So if you have enough space, consider this option.

— Ken Freund

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