I have an RV setup of 2, 12V battery banks. The first consist of 2, 12V car batteries in parallel supplying a 1000w inverter. The second is 2 deep cycle marine 12V batteries in parallel supplying a 2000w inverter. I use two 100w solar panels to keep both banks charged. I recently purchased a Schumacher SE-1250 charger to start providing equalizer charges to the batteries. I have generated a tracker for measuring each cell temp and SG during the normal charging phase (10A) and for the EQ phase (30A). Each bank took about 12 hours to complete, 6 hours per battery. 5 hours at 10A and 1hour at 30A with readings every 30 mins for each cell. My plan is to do this quarterly to generate sufficient data to determine if I need to increase or decrease the EQ phase.
The Toyota RAV4 was another finalist with a cavernous cabin, but it, too, left something to be desired. First, the good. Like the Honda, the Toyota has a large cargo area with a low lift-over height; it even has underfloor storage, though the compartment is rather small and hard to reach, as it’s located by the rear seat backs. The rest of the cabin is also relatively spacious, even if sightlines out the windows are on the claustrophobic side. Although the functionality of the RAV4 is strong, once you start looking past them, the interior starts to fall flat compared to the competition. Fit and finish is only so-so, and overall quality is lacking. “I can’t seem to figure out what these trim panels on the door are supposed to look like,” Markus said. “Varnished driftwood with glitter? Straight-grain carbon fiber? They’re just weird.”