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Old 05-24-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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V-10 Engine Battery Replacement Time

OK I know I start a lot of threads but this one I need help with.

I have been very lucky with my Ford Engine Battery and it is original when the rig was build by Ford which was Oct 2011.
So I figure the battery this Oct it will be 7 years old and probably 8 years old.

So I was looking for my replacement for a Category/Class 65 battery
750 Cold Cranking Amps or 850CCA

Sam's Club Duracell 65 with 850 cca $105 - $20 until June 3rd =$85
Walmart has a 750 cca for $93

Walmart has 3 year replacement and then prorated for 2 more
Sam's Club Duracell warrantee end at 3 years.

So what do you think about the two battery brands?
Should I go and spend $179 for a Ford Interstate replacement?

Your thoughts and opinions are needed.
Thanks


PS Take a look at the prices of the Interstate batteries. WOW!
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Old 05-24-2018, 04:04 PM   #2
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Her eis the Costco Interstate Battery Price for a Class 65 Battery.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:32 PM   #3
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Our chassis battery failed in Yellowstone on July 4 2016. We left Yellowstone on the 9th and stopped at the first Autozone I could find. Bought a new battery... installed for $109...I think its a Duramax. I had one in the toad that lasted 8 years... the motorhome was built in Aug 2009 so the original Motorcraft battery was almost 7 yrs old.
I used Interstate at work for our truck fleet and was not impressed with their pricing or longevity, but their service was outstanding.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:42 PM   #4
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Our chassis battery failed in Yellowstone on July 4 2016. We left Yellowstone on the 9th and stopped at the first Autozone I could find. Bought a new battery... installed for $109...I think its a Duramax. I had one in the toad that lasted 8 years... the motorhome was built in Aug 2009 so the original Motorcraft battery was almost 7 yrs old.
I used Interstate at work for our truck fleet and was not impressed with their pricing or longevity, but their service was outstanding.
Thanks John for your story. I still haven't decided who's I'll buy.
For the dollar amount at this moment I'm thinking Sam's Club Duracell for the $$ and amps. 3 year replacement warranty is OK for me.
So I figure $105 - $20 = $85 + $7 tax = $92 is reasonable
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:13 AM   #5
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As you know there has to be a reason for the price difference.
1. It might be because of the seller's replacement cost if it goes out early.
2. Check the weight of the different batteries. I bet the cheaper batteries will weigh less.
3. Even if the cheaper battery last only 4 maybe 5 years your will be out about the same dollars per year, maybe even a little ahead but then again, maybe stranded when it does fail.
Like anything it is a gamble.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:27 PM   #6
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I really do not care who makes the battery. I live in Idaho, batteries after 5 years usually do not make it though the winter, and will quit at the worst times when the night before was 10 or 15 below zero. That is why after 5 years, need it or not, I change them out.
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I’ve had fair luck with Walmart batteries but then again we live in Wisconsin so we replace batteries every 5 years

Me advtage to Walmart if your traveling and do have the battery die under warranty chances are you will be closer to a Walmart then a costco
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After getting over 15 years out of an Optima Battery, I have them in every vehicle we own except the RV. Have them for the house bats not chassis yet!
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My Ford OEM batty failed last fall. I used the battery interconnect to start the engine and get it home. The I pulled it and went to Batteries + for a new Duracell. Work good so far.

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I traded my Ford Club Wagon with a V10 after 10 years, never bought a new battery. Maybe have it load tested & see what kind of shape it is in. Some suggest using a hydrometer for a better test.
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