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Old 11-08-2015, 07:12 PM   #11
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In 2013 I replaced the coach batteries in my 2008 Coachman Concord 300TS with Duracell AGM Deep Cycle batteries from Sam's Club and in 2014 replaced the main start battery on the Ford E450 chassis with an AGM battery from Sears. No maintenance and work fine.
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:37 PM   #12
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I don't boondock a lot, just occasionally.

As for space, they fit right under my stair step, didn't take up additional space.....
My point about space was not that the batteries take up more space...but that the space inside thee battery itself had smaller plates to allow for more water and the maintenance free aspect. You get less lead so shorter battery life and amp hours than the exact same batttery in NON maintenance free design.

Obviously you can do as you see fit...I am simply making the point for others who want longer battery life, DO boondock regularly and want true deep cycle batteries which will typically last at least twice as long as the dual purpose ones in cycle life. Your post mentioned none of the shortcomings of maintenance free wet cell designs...since you were understandably unaware of them. I wanted others to have the full information.
The RIGHT choice for boondockers who want maintenance free is a true deep cycle agm design as others have stated.
...alternatively... a regular wet cell deep cycle battery with an installed pro-fill kit makes watering a simple task for a lot less money....but does not provide the other benefits of an agm.
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I think maintenance free is just a come on. When you are checking the oil and other normal things on your motor home it good to pull those caps off and top them up with distilled water.. I have found that in hot weather they tend to go thru more water. Not hard to top the cells off. Make sure you keep the water level above the plates.




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Old 11-09-2015, 08:58 AM   #14
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The batteries in our 2013 Sunseeker sure look Maintenance free !!!
I see no way to open them ???
Could they be Maintenance free ??? I see no brand name !!!
Unless I remove them ???
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:07 AM   #15
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The batteries in our 2013 Sunseeker sure look Maintenance free !!!
I see no way to open them ???
Could they be Maintenance free ??? I see no brand name !!!
Unless I remove them ???
Mine looks maintenance free as well but I am not sure it is what came in the coach. I bought it used, only a year old, and it only has one house battery. It is my understanding it should have 2. Also, it doesn't have a bunch of caps like I see on the videos about topping off batteries.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:21 AM   #16
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Mine looks maintenance free as well but I am not sure it is what came in the coach. I bought it used, only a year old, and it only has one house battery. It is my understanding it should have 2. Also, it doesn't have a bunch of caps like I see on the videos about topping off batteries.
Dual batteries were an option on older models but became standard sometime during the 2013 model year run. So depending on your units model year it may have only come with one. I rarely camp without hookups so I removed one battery to reduce weight and used it to replace the battery in my toyhauler.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:22 AM   #17
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Mine looks maintenance free as well but I am not sure it is what came in the coach. I bought it used, only a year old, and it only has one house battery. It is my understanding it should have 2. Also, it doesn't have a bunch of caps like I see on the videos about topping off batteries.
Maybe one went bad,,, and some one just removed it ???
I am not sure you could just remove one of ours,,, there are a lot of cables,,, that hook both in line ???
Your batteries I am guessing are under the steps,,,
and there is room for 2 ???
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Your batteries I am guessing are under the steps,,,
and there is room for 2 ???
Yes to both questions.
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Dual batteries were an option on older models but became standard sometime during the 2013 model year run. So depending on your units model year it may have only come with one. I rarely camp without hookups so I removed one battery to reduce weight and used it to replace the battery in my toyhauler.
Mine is a 2014 model. I would not be surprised if the previous owner took one battery, he took the airbags too.
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Mine is a 2014 model. I would not be surprised if the previous owner took one battery, he took the airbags too.
Shirley you are kidding about the airbags,,, Right ???
LOL !!!
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