Batteries

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 21:11
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We are purchasing a Galaxy Family van and will be travelling around OZ 4 six months with 2 children. Should we buy a battery pack for the van given that we will be mainly staying in caravan parks?
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 21:20

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 21:20
Forumites will be looking for a bit more info I suggest - what appliances will you be running should you not be in a caravan park ? How long might you be in such situations ?
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 22:19

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 22:19
Yep. Very handy. Or have a second battery fitted. You may be staying at van parks, but extra 12 volt backup lets you have long stops beside the road and run equipment without flattening main battery. Have fun!
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Reply By: StephenF10 - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 22:59

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 22:59
We bought a battery for our van. It gives us the freedom to camp anywhere if, for some reason, we can't or don't want to overnight in a caravan park. A few nights without CP fees will soon pay for the battery.

Stephen.
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Reply By: Rod E B - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:01

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:01
I put dual batteries in the cruiser and hooked the 12v from the battery to the van 2v inlet .

left all the other lights and indicators , brakes as normal

works for me
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Follow Up By: travellingblooms - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:56

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:56
Thanks Rod,

How much did it cost?

We have been quoted $800 to put a battery pack in the caravan. Are you suggesting dual batteries in the car?

Regards

Peter
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Reply By: Rod E B - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:42

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:42
It cost me about half to have the dual battery set up in the car, including the battery

I used the "all about 12V " people in Auburn NSW , just off Parramatta road

it uses a smart relay , plus a lot of wires etc ,that when your car battery is charged it then charges your 2nd battery

all about 12v sells the cable and fittings and crimps them free for you , also has a very clean circuit diagram

worked for me

Another benefet is you have a battery you can jump start your car from if you car battery goes flat
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