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Old 03-15-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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dealer is giving me free interstate batteries...should i take the batt's or the cash?

part of the deal i made on my new wolfpack is i wanted two new batteries. the dealer wants to give me two 12v deep cycle interstates. should i take those batteries and run, or take the cash and get something else?

the specs of the batt's are listed on this page. it is the very first battery on the list Interstate Batteries
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:28 AM   #2
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You wanted new batteries, why would you not take them?
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:57 AM   #3
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What's wrong with the new batteries? Did the dealer get them from a guy in a trench coat on the street corner?
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:25 AM   #4
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If you want absolutely the maximum storage capacity then
ask him to upgrade to 6v golf cart batteries.
If you're happy with just average or decent power then
I'd take what he's got.

I've got 2 plain old 12v marine crank/deep cycle from
Sams. They work fine for me. If we're careful we have
gone as much as 6-7 days in summer using the fantastic
fan for a few hours at nite and even a little TV. We have
swapped out our over the table 2 bulb light for a thin lite
florescent that uses less than the power of a single bulb.
We also put LED bulb in the bathroom and one over the
couch as a "nite lite" when we're boondocking.

My 2

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Old 03-16-2011, 07:36 AM   #5
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The ones you want are two of the LAST ones on that list.

NEVER buy a house battery that lists CCA or RCA numbers. They are STARTING batteries and not very good for camping at worst or "Dual Purpose" batteries that SUCK at both jobs.

Those 230AH 6 volt jobs are where you want to be.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:55 PM   #6
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Well you can go for free and see how well they work for you. Or see what he will give you $$ wise off the price and go get a set of Trojan SC225 12v purpose built deep cycle batteries. Be fore warned the Trojan's are not cheap though.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:27 PM   #7
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I can tell you that interstate Batteries are extemely well made and not cheap!
I would take them, are they also throwing in battery boxes and a battery cut off switch? grab them and run to the exit!
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First, I have found Interstate Batteries to be of good quality.
Secondly, match your batteries to your needs. The six volt option is good for extended boondocking. Twelve volt is fine if you are going to be hooked up at a campground, because you won't be using much battery power anyway.
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I recommended the 6 volt batteries because they were the only "true" Deep Discharge batteries listed. Everything else was either Dual Purpose or straight car batteries.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:12 PM   #10
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I had Interstate's in our 5er for seven years with not problems. I kept them up by checking fluid level on a 3 month basis, did a pull down load test annually and had excelent service. It all depends on how you plan to use them. Occasional or heavy. If occasional get em!!
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