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House Battery? - Usage Calculation Help?

I'm trying to decide on what battery setup I need for my wagon. I have the stock single battery with the "heavy duty" alternator. We plan on running the following:

-MaxxAir Deluxe Fan
-3-4 LED Lights or maybe wire the cabin lights into the house battery
-Portable refrigerator, likely ARB
-Use exiting 12V Cig lighter and wire it to be hot all the time to charge iPad or iPhone
-Marpac sound machine for sleeping toddlers...

Typically we will camp for 3-4 days maximum. Often we will be near family with trailers or at camp sites that may have power so we could run a cord for shore power. Thought we would buy a battery box from Hein and mount in underneath the van, add a house battery or two? Which batteries? Don't think I need to go with solar. Ideas?

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I'm trying to decide on what battery setup I need for my wagon...
Typically we will camp for 3-4 days maximum.


Best value for house batteries is a pair of 6v golf cart batteries in series. 230 AH of true deep cycle for under $250, might be more juice than you need but you could boondock safely for 3-4 days. If you are under mounting the batteries, it might be wise to look at AGM batteries since it will be tricky to check the water level as is regularly required by flooded cells.

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Best value for house batteries is a pair of 6v golf cart batteries in series. 230 AH of true deep cycle for under $250, might be more juice than you need but you could boondock safely for 3-4 days. If you are under mounting the batteries, it might be wise to look at AGM batteries since it will be tricky to check the water level as is regularly required by flooded cells.
Thanks! AGM would be good for sure. Hein's battery boxes foit GC2 or Group 27. How about two Group 27 West Marine batteries, 92 AH? I might be able to get a good deal from West Marine:
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-...41?recordNum=1

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I might be able to get a good deal from West Marine:

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-...41?recordNum=1


For that kind of money you could get a Lifeline 210 AH AGM with a 5 year warranty, and have no worries about equalizing the two group 27s. My buddy has had a Lifeline in his RV that he lives in 30% of the time; he has had the battery 7 years and is just starting to think about replacing it.

Not sure if they make one that would fit in heins boxes, but any sheetmetal shop could make a SS box that would work as well.

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Not sure if group 31 batteries would fit in Hein's battery box. Sam's Club in Southern California carries Duracell Platinum group 31 AGM (31DTMAGM) for $155. This battery is rated at 105ah for 20 Hr rate.

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