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      Barry & Maggie
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        Barry & Maggie

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        (Posted on behalf of Tom, who is unable to join at the moment) I was looking for information on the installation of a second leisure battery – the information is scant ! Can you advise on where to install it and if it will still be powered through the alternator whilst travelling and the hook up whilst on site . We have the Exsis with the second row of seat belted seats ( ? SG Vario?) and a downstairs additional bed . Also, I am thinking of solar panels as we may start “wild camping” – are there any links for installation – or suppliers/installers in Scotland ? Thank you Tom

        August 13, 2018 at 9:16 PM
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        Barry & Maggie
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        If you’re really unsure about all this, Tom, I urge you to have the jobs carried out professionally. A second battery could sit happily alongside the original habitation battery (if there’s room?). I have an SK and I’m not sure how much room you have in the SG – someone will suggest an option, I’m sure. You should try to keep cable lengths as short as possible, but it would be possible to fit a second battery on the other side of the aisle, for example. Here’s some good information that might assist you…

        but there’s plenty more help on the internet. If the two batteries are connected together properly, yes, they will be charged by the alternator when travelling and by hook-up when stationary. Again, searches on the internet will show you solar suppliers and installers. But I think in your case, I would search through the adverts in Motorcaravan and Motorhome Monthly (‘MMM’) magazine. There are lots of suppliers and fitters of leisure solar panels to motorhomes. One is sure to be near you in Scotland Good luck!

        Barry & Maggie

        August 13, 2018 at 11:22 PM
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        alan
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        Hi Tom, I have an SG to which I have added a second battery – a very easy task to install alongside the original. I’d send you a photo but I can’t upload at present.

        August 15, 2018 at 11:56 AM
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        Jan de Bloois
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        We have an SG, which has two leasure batteries of each 105 Ah. It is important that both are the same. Also we have a 100Wp solar panel. The first one blew of by the wind, caused by a large truck on a narrow french road. Panel lost, roof hatch damaged, no further harm done. So now I have a 100Wp flexiible solar panel, mounted in front of the hatch. There is room for two! Also I installed a battery montitor, to see what goes in and out of the leasure batteries. And how much capacity/time is left. A friend of my recommended this one, and I am very happy with it! https://www.nasamarine.com/product/bm-2-battery-monitor/


        Jan en Nellie, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

        August 15, 2018 at 3:03 PM
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        Jan de Bloois
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        I do not know if this link will work, but here can you see where I mounted the battery monitor (and two other items, since I had the space for it). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1776006412419413&set=g.1649994728554396&type=1&theater&ifg=1

        Jan en Nellie, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

        August 15, 2018 at 3:08 PM
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        Barry & Maggie
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        Many thanks for that, Jan, but those not on Facebook cannot see this link. Maybe post it in “Photo Gallery”?

        Best wishes,

        Barry

        Barry & Maggie

        August 15, 2018 at 11:42 PM
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        Jan de Bloois
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        I just uploaded 12 pictures, but when I pushed ‘Submit’ I got this message:

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        Hmm… Let’s try that again

        A temporary problem prevented this page from loading properly. We have been notified and will be repairing it as soon as possible. You may try to refresh this page or try again at a later time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

        I will try it some other time.


        Jan en Nellie, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

        August 16, 2018 at 9:47 AM
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        Jan de Bloois
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        I just used my Google Drive to upload the 12 pictures which show the design and ‘the making of’ a console to fit the BM-2 battery monitor. Since there was room for two more items, I also placed a inside/outside thermometer in it, and an 230V/USB socket, which is connected to our 600 watt modified sine-wave power inverter. Here the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zteZUpltd9RLkZEEhQiavfkZMB71915O

        What the BM-2 is and does can be read elswhere.


        Jan en Nellie, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

        August 16, 2018 at 1:03 PM
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        Barry & Maggie
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        The problems with Webs.com are becoming legion, Jan. A new website will be up-and-running soon, so nil desperandum. Don’t lose heart and stick with us… not long now!

        Barry & Maggie

        August 16, 2018 at 11:12 PM

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