Since I'm going to have to replace my entire battery bank in the Arctic Fox this gives me the opportunity to rethink my battery system from the ground up. Like what kind of batteries do I need? How many batteries do I need? Did I have enough power before, or do I need more? How am I going to deal with watering the batteries? And what about the weight? My four Trojan T145s weight almost 300 pounds, that's more than my Yamaha WR450 weights.
These and probably many more questions need to be answered pretty quick because right now I can't use my microwave when I'm boondocked because after a few seconds of use the voltage drops to the point where the microwave wont work. And as soon as I get a cloudy day I'm probably going to run out of battery power pretty quick. I've been lucky up to this point with nothing but sunny days since my battery's went kaput but that won't last forever.
A quick look at things shows me that I have three choices in batteries, lead acid, which is what I have now, AGM which is absorbed glass mat, and lithium iron phosphate not to be confused with lithium ion. Each of these batteries has some upsides and several downsides that would apply to me. But after spending a few hours on the Internet studying these three types of batteries the picture starts to become a little clearer because it looks like one of these types of batteries has only ONE downside.... but it's a big one.