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Old 08-29-2012, 10:00 PM   #15
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Here's one for you. The lead acid battery in my Son's Miata (It's in the trunk) blew up one day when he attempted to start the car.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:36 AM   #16
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Here's one for you. The lead acid battery in my Son's Miata (It's in the trunk) blew up one day when he attempted to start the car.
Wow, I bet that was nasty.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:22 AM   #17
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The OEM battery in a Miata is a Panasonic AGM Battery.
There are extensive posts on the Miata battery question, with many questioning the wisdom of installing non-AGM batteries in he trunk battey compartment.
For those with Miata FGRV's, here's a link:
The Miata Battery

In the world of lead acid batteries, the majority of explosions that do occur are caused by sparks igniting hydrogen escaping from an overcharged or inproperly ventilated battery. Pretty much in the same way, and much less often, that fires start from leaking gas tanks.

But each owner should continue to follow due diligence and make decisions that make their own FGRV experience most enjoyable to them.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:46 PM   #18
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So I fixed my venting issue with some plumbing pvc pipe. looks like my old trolling battery is not going to hold a charge very long. It's about 8 yrs old so guess it's time to replace it anyways.

I'm looking at Sam's Club at a Grp 27 or I saw they make a 12v Golf Cart battery. (I had read numerous threads about wiring 2 6v GC's together but hadn't seen anything about 12v GC's). Looks like the 12v GC might be a better deal here (even though its more expensive). Anyone had any experiences with them?

(I've swapped out my lights over the sink with LED bulbs, have the single fluorescent over the closet door, and will probably be using the swamp cooler fan which I assume to be the biggest drain next to the stock heater blower. I may eventually put a 12v receptacle in for phone chargers or the occasional portable DVD player use for the kids for a movie.)

I've only been shopping online and haven't found the physical dimensions yet so I'm not sure if it will fit the factory Uhaul battery box or not.

Here's the two batteries I'm looking at:
12v Marine Battery:
Duracell® Marine Battery - Group Size 27DC - Sam's Club

12v Golf Cart battery:
Duracell® Golf Car Battery - Group Size GC12V - Sam's Club
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:54 PM   #19
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If the golf cart battery will fit, I'm pretty sure that it is a better deep cycle battery.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:54 PM   #20
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There's pretty good size difference between the two. Group 27 = 12 1/16 Long x 6 13/16 Wide x 8 7/8 High. GC12 = 13 7/8 Long x 7 1/16 Wide x 11 3/8 High. I didn't see a weight specification for either, but GC12 has to be a lot heavier than the Group 27.
Also, I can't see the price but that has to be factored in.

As for me, I use a Group 24 Marine battery, which I managed to run down once in several hundred nights without electrical hook ups. There just isn't much in a 13' trailer to use a lot of battery current, unless you're trying to run heat devices, then neither battery will last very long.
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Built-in Battery Condition indicators are notoriously inaccurate and you wind up over using your battery. Best bet to me is the Voltminder (voltminder.com) for less than $40. It's an accurage digital display and you can set alarm limits to let you know if you are getting low. It also lets you know if your TV is charging through the connection as well.
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I have never seen a 12 V golf cart battery. The 6 V version that Costco sells looks more like a tall Group 24.

In terms of battery installation in cars, I used to own an 1984 Audi 5000. The battery was under the back seat. No vent.
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.................In terms of battery installation in cars, I used to own an 1984 Audi 5000. The battery was under the back seat. No vent.
My 1964 VW also had the battery under the back seat - that is until I hit a big bump. Initially I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't start, then I saw the cables hanging through the hole in the floor.
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Here's the two batteries I'm looking at:
12v Marine Battery:
Duracell® Marine Battery - Group Size 27DC - Sam's Club

12v Golf Cart battery:
Duracell® Golf Car Battery - Group Size GC12V - Sam's Club[/QUOTE]

Check Costco prices for their group 27 Deep Cell I picked one up a couple of years ago for a good price. If you travel a lot using Costco is good option as they are located pretty well everywhere - goes bad they will take it back no questions asked. Although I have not had any issues with the performance on mine and it has been used a lot.
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I have never seen a 12 V golf cart battery. The 6 V version that Costco sells looks more like a tall Group 24.

In terms of battery installation in cars, I used to own an 1984 Audi 5000. The battery was under the back seat. No vent.
They make 8 V golf cart batteries too. Suspect it gives options to get 12 and 24 v systems.
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I'd love to use Costco but we only have Sams club here. Closest Costco is over an hour away. (and that's distance not traffic)

Thx for the dimensions. I think a 27 might be the largest I can fit without a new enclosure. The 12v golf cart battery is $100 more than the deep cycle marine one. So I may stick with the marine 27.
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I'd love to use Costco but we only have Sams club here. Closest Costco is over an hour away. (and that's distance not traffic)

Thx for the dimensions. I think a 27 might be the largest I can fit without a new enclosure. The 12v golf cart battery is $100 more than the deep cycle marine one. So I may stick with the marine 27.
Group 27 deep cycle is what I'm looking at.. The group 29 I attempted to put in was a little to large for the box.
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