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boaterguy

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About boaterguy

  • Birthday 12/04/1967

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    Palmdale, Ca
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    Boating in the summer, Dirtbikes and Razors in the Winter.

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  1. I heard that also, but that is on factory installed dual battery installations. My boat only came with one battery so I have to see how the tower installer wired mine. I got the battery switch from west marine.
  2. This is the 2nd season on the batteries. I have an AGM specific battery charger/maintainer and after it's fully charged, battery reads 13.4v. If I let it sit on the bench a few days it will eventually fall.to.around 12.4v. Not really sure about how many hours but with using it a lot in summer, maybe 30-40 last year??
  3. Well, 2 reasons. On a day trip, everything is fine. We do a few week long trips to Lake Powell and Mohave and on those trips, the volt gage on the dash slowly gets lower and lower as the week progresses. Also, with a 12 year old boat, it's time to carry a spare alternator with me so, it's either $150 for a stock replacement or $3-400 for an upgrade and keep stock one for a spare.
  4. Sorry if this topic has been addressed here before, I actually did try to search!! OK, I need some advice from you electrical experts out here. I have a 2005 SSI 210 with the VP 5.0 GXI-E. A few years ago we added a wakeboard tower which also means tower speakers, stereo upgrade etc, etc. To give an idea of my power usage, the 4 cockpit speakers and 2 tower speakers are being driven by a Rockford Fosgate 800W amp and the 12" sub is in front of a 400W RF amp. With this upgrade also came a dual Optima battery set up with a battery switch (1,2,or 1&2). It is wired so I can use both batteries while running, and then switch to batt 2 when beached, isolating batt 1 so I can make it home. Now here is where my knowledge gets a little foggy. I am concerned the stock alternator is not enough to charge both batteries. I was told by the battery dealer that to properly charge, the alternator needs to be rated between 40-50% of the batteries rated power for AGM batteries. The amp hour rating is 55 per battery, giving me a rating of 110 amp hours. My owners manual says my stock alternator is 75 amp. The numbers add up that I should be where I need to be. I am looking for some opinions before I drop some BIG $$$ on a higher rated marine alternator, and possibly replacing wires with a heavier ones.
  5. Thanks for all the responses. I do have some reading to do. While poking around this site at other threads, I am just amazed. I don't know how you guys get so much life out of batteries. My diesel pick up, both batteries toast at 5 years, wife's car, 5 years, toast. Ditto on the kids car. For the boat, I guess I just need ro look into a better charger and re-examine my charging profile.
  6. Well, that's the thing, I guess I am just getting cheap in my old age, the Optima's are 4 years old, which is probably pretty good considering the abuse I give them. The Trojan mentioned earlier looks like a great battery but unsure if there is any special charging instructions for them. With the Optimas, I just let the alternator do it's thing and after a week on the water, trickle charge them at home with the charger on the AGM setting.
  7. Wow, a lot of amp hours on that one, looks like a deep cycle. I will have to search their site for a starting battery. I did not see any cca specs there though. I take it you run these with good results? I don't mind spending the same money for a better battery.
  8. OK, I need a little advice. I have a 2006 SSI 210. I currently have 2 optima batteries installed. The starting battery is a blue top AGM marine, and a deep cycle for the stereo, with a battery switch so I can isolate the starting battery when beached and have the tunes going. The stereo has 2 amps, a 250w driving a 12" sub, and a 500w for the interior and tower speakers. Both batteries are bad and need replaced. These were originally recommended to me by the stereo installer (I guess since he sells them also). Power is power right? Before I drop over 550 big ones on the same batteries, If I were able to find some wet cells that had the same ratings, everything should work just fine I assume. Does anybody know if the Optima deep cycle/dual purpose battery has longer reserve power? Right now, I can run that stereo for 4-5 hours with no issues. The ratings are starting battery: Optima SC34M MCA1000,, CCA 800, AH 50, RC 100. The deep cycle is Optima SC34DM, MCA 870, CCA 750, AH 55, RC 120.
  9. Yes the new ford's come with a 6 speed Trans with tow/haul mode regardless of gas or diesel. The weight question was about the. Class 4 hitch. The truck is rated for 15000lbs towing with the special order 4.30 gear set in front and rear axles.
  10. Yes the V10 is gone. The new 6.2 V8 has more horsepower but about 45 pound feet less torque which is where the 6 speed tranny will help. I am anxious to see how well this truck towes since my previous diesel kept me in the poor house.
  11. Oh, I also use a solid draw bar and the thicker ball shano rated at 8000 LBS.
  12. Thanks for all the replies. I know the truck is more than enough. I was just concerned that I was approaching the weight limit of 6000LBS for weight carrying that is on the the hitch that Ford provides. My 2009 diesel had a class 5 hitch. I will post a pic of the truck shortly, special ordered it with the 4.30 axles since I also tow a toy hauler and it's coming in on Tuesday.
  13. Hi everybody. Just wanted to see if anybody knows what the total weight is for a 2005 Chaparral ssi 210, 5.0 GXI-E, sitting on a zeiman tandom axle trailer? I just bought a 2014 F-250 super duty with the 6.2L gas engine and the trailer hitch says it is rated for 6000lb with 600lb of tongue weight which should be ok. I will have to add poundage for the wake board tower and speakers/amps. Oh, and since everybody has asked me before, I traded my 6.4L diesel because I was tired of the mechanical nightmare and constantly throwing money at it!
  14. Hi everybody. Just wanted to see if anybody knows what the total weight is for a 2005 Chaparral ssi 210, 5.0 GXI-E, sitting on a zeiman tandom axle trailer? I just bought a 2014 F-250 super duty with the 6.2L gas engine and the trailer hitch says it is rated for 6000lb with 600lb of tongue weight which should be ok. I will have to add poundage for the wake board tower and speakers/amps. Oh, and since everybody has asked me before, I traded my 6.4L diesel because I was tired of the mechanical nightmare and constantly throwing money at it! Thanks for any imput!
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