Adding an extra leisure battery

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  1. Ricardoe

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    Hi..noticed that Gooutdoors are doing leisure batts this week 110 ah for £60..so i thought about getting one for all the obvious reasons..Q. anything to watch out for,,does it have to be the same sort as the existing (hymer classic 544).where is the best place to put it?.there aint much room under the seat for it! And finally where's best to get some clamps and conns to add it on. ( parallel..+_+. neg - neg )?th anks in advance of any helpfull answers..rich
     
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    Weight, there is another thread on here about them search go outdoors
    Joe
     
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    How old and what size is your current battery?
     
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    Your Hymer probably has a Gel battery, yes the second one does need to be the same type and if the current one is more than a couple of years old best to fit two new batteries. If your current battery is under the seat you can get a second one under the other seat if the Elektroblock is there it will fit behind it.
    You need to buy batteries on quality not price I wouldn't have much faith in a 60 quid one. Gel's have nearly halved in price over the last few years now about £150.
    You can buy pre-terminated battery leads on ebay.
     
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    (y)Thanks guys..I'm beginning to think this is the best £15 I've ever spent..the battery is an elecsol 100 carbon fibre monoblock lead acid,,I have no idea how old but the volts stay quite good,havent used it for 3weeks 12.57v!..by the way..can a hymer man tell me what the lights up either side of the driver/passenger are for(remember I'm new):(
     
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    I would suggest two new Gels and wire as per the drawing in the other thread.. that way you know you have many years ahead of trouble free battery power.. .

    putting a new battery in parallel with an old one is not recommended.. it's like putting a young horse in harness with an old one.. the old horse drags the young one down..

    if you prefer to spend less get too good quality lead acids.. you get what you pay for.. buy well known branded batteries from reputable companies..

    Tanya Batteries give excellent service. it is where I bought two new Gels for my Hymer.. https://www.tayna.co.uk/Exide-G80-Gel-Battery-for-Hymer-Motorhomes-P7893.html these are Hymer OEM

    whatever you decide.. make sure they physically fit.. not a lot of height under the Hymer seats.. and check the connection poles are in the correct orientation

    any more questions just ask.
     
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    That battery is not original looks like you have a good one plenty of info on the web about the bad ones, if thinking of upgrading to two batteries you really need to fit two new ones.
    Not sure what you mean about the lights, sound like reading lights can you post a photo.
     
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    I agree with Jim regarding Gel batteries, the Elektroblocks in Hymers are designed to work with Gel's, if you change to Gel's do check the switch on the Elektroblock is set to Gel. An alternative to the Exide again from Tanya is the Sonnenschein SL75 although called 75 it is actually 78 A/H, Sonnenschein are part of the Exide group and make the Gel's for Exide and reckoned to be a better battery I bought a couple, time will tell. They are a tenner cheaper than the Exide.
     
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    I haven't bought batterys from go out doors
    But plenty of thar own branded kit and had no problems.
    Usually thay use top manufacturers for Ther kit probably the same with thar battery.
    And will have their usual garente.
    Can't go wrong with at £60 IMHO
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    And don't forget if you put wet lead acid in, be sure to add the breather tubes...☺
     
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    Cheers Scotjimland and Lenny HB,Ill get a couple of gels..Lenny forget about the lights mate:unsure::unsure:
     
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    Thanks wildbill & microchip
     
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