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Message posted by K-Ron via mobile 30/5/2019 at 5:52pm
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Hi all I'm looking to buy a new leisure battery for my Elddis Typhoon 1993 caravan, I've got my eye on an Halfords Leisure Battery (HLB681) its an 115Ah class c battery but not sure if it'll be suitable for my caravan with it being so old. Any advice would be great. Cheers.jgop

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I can't see any revelance regarding the age of caravan with what size leisure battery you need. All the 12 volt circuits and charger/transformer are wired up in the same manner so any battery should be fine. It's more important as to how the battery is maintained afterwards that matters as a neglected battery will lead to it having a shorter life span.

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I am pretty confident your charger will max out at 13.8 volts making it suitable for any "wet" [flooded] lead acid battery. These old chargers must not be left on an EHU in storage as that will dry the battery out.
What is "best" will depend on your camping style, here use on or off EHU is the critical point.
If usually on an EHU buying such a large capacity bulky battery is wasting money and adding dead weight, better used as payload. Nearly any "quality" of battery is fine for users of EHUs, it places no technical challenges on it, nor do you need a large one.
Things change significantly if you want to use it off grid for more than a two day weekend, and become expensive.

Edit; The quoted battery being an NCC "C"rated one is for use on an EHU, offering poor life if used seriously off grid.

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Message posted by Colin2130/5/2019 at 6:35pm
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Quote: Originally posted by K-Ron on 30/5/2019
Hi all I'm looking to buy a new leisure battery for my Elddis Typhoon 1993 caravan, I've got my eye on an Halfords Leisure Battery (HLB681) its an 115Ah class c battery but not sure if it'll be suitable for my caravan with it being so old. Any advice would be great. Cheers.jgop



The age of the caravan won't be a problem as I have a similar sized battery on my 1992 Elddis Wisp. The main thing for me was that I needed a decent sized battery as my caravan has motor-movers fitted. These take quite a high current compared to light, water pump etc.


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Thanks for all your advice, really appreciate it. Tango55 I couldn't see any relevance either but the reason why I mentioned the age of the caravan is because I read somewhere that the old van and large battery combo could cause problems but it's obviously fake news, Google can be a minefield for that 😖. I really like the idea of going off grid for 3 days plus but not sure the wife & kids would be too happy with that so I'll just get a cheaper battery me thinks. Thanks all 👍

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Message posted by tango5531/5/2019 at 12:35am
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The only issue I would consider on a 1993 caravan is that the battery compartment maybe smaller than the standard size of later models due to the fact that bigger batteries were needed when motor movers were introduced to the market, therefore I would advise to check the width, height and depth of the battery box first before buying a battery. My first caravan was a 1992 model which the battery box was smaller which required a battery just for the lights and water pump which an 85ah. leisure battery fitted just right. Places like Halfords may not stock smaller batteries but if you Google a local battery supplier and provide the battery compartment dimensions they should be able to help as they will have a bigger stock of various size batteries.

Message posted by SamP31/5/2019 at 12:55am
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Even on new caravans a 110Ah battery can be a very tight fit in the battery box.

I had to search for a low height version to fit our 2018 Challenger.

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Message posted by Dave Thorpe31/5/2019 at 8:38am
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we bought a National Caravan Council/ CAMC usage list type 2 from Tanya Batteries - this is suitable for EHU & use for motor mover but not off grid

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Message posted by Colin2131/5/2019 at 9:11am
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No worries with my 1992 Elddis. I have a large 110ah battery in my battery box and there's plenty of room. It's just a standard battery and I didn't have to go searching for any special sizes or anything like that.

With my previous caravan, a 1988 Elddis Tornado XL, I had to build my own battery box under the seat, as the battery was just in there sliding around when I bought it. No movers on that one, and I always had EHU, so I just used an old car battery to stabilise the output from the charger.



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Message posted by chrisn731/5/2019 at 2:01pm
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Check out the Tayna site for batteries - they list all dimensions and the terminal post orientation - its very useful for comparisons

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Message posted by Dave Thorpe31/5/2019 at 7:44pm
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sorry that should read Tayna batteries

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