cruiser batteries

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:52
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hi every one
Mat of mine has a 2004 cruiser turbo diesel
it has two batteries ,are they both for cranking ? or can he use one for a fridge.
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Reply By: autosparky - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:57

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:57
not unless one battery is separated from the other via smart solenoid or cole hersee switch. toyota supplied batteries in parrallel for extra cranking . with a turbo diesel they will crank well off 1 battery
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:10

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:10
#1 Do nothing. An economical late model fridge will run overnight no probs off the standard twin batteries in good nick. OK if you drive every day. Big drama if one battery dies!!!!

#2 Buy two new N70 starting batteries (Eg Overlanders or Exide extremes) and do nothing. Will give more reserve, and I'd expect you could run a good fridge for 2 nights. Same dramas if one battery dies!!

#3 Isolate the batteries - passenger side becomes the starter. It will start fine off one battery, but I'd upgrade both to N70 size (original batteries are smaller). You can actually fit the slightly larger 13inch battery as the auxillary. This gives some peace of mind, that you'll always be able to start the car, and 2 days off the auxillary will be fine.

#4 Add a 3rd battery tray. You can then configure 3 batteries however you like.
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Reply By: Batt's - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:18

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:18
The type of battery should be on the label on the front.Cranking batteries don"t like to be run down a lot put in a deep cycle it"s worth the cost in the long term. I use a Supercharge Allrounder MRV70L a cranking and deep cycle battery in one, CCA- 760 ,AH 105 it will run a 50 ltr Evercool fridge freezer for 2 - 3 days without running the battery to low. Check site amps, amp -hours ,watts to calculate how long your mate can run his fridge for.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:34

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:34
Turbo Deisel 100 series cruisers come standard off the shelf with two cranking batteries. (behind each head light)

Unless modified, they are just cranking batteries.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:37

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:37
Sorry...yes you can use them for a fridge just like plugging anything else into the 12v cigarette socket...but you may not start the car in the morning depending on the current draw of the fridge.
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Reply By: Mainey (wa) - Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 13:33

Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 13:33
Why not simply look at the two batteries and see what they have written on them...
If they are both Cranking batteries they will be marked as CCA and if one is a Deep Cycle it will be marked as AH.

Is like comparing a sprinter and a draught horse - two completely different animals !!

I personally would NOT use one to run a fridge UNLESS it was isolated from the other, because Toyota have put two there for a reason why not ask them?

Mainey . . .
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