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Old 11-15-2015, 05:46 PM   #1
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Question For Joshua Cavitt Re Solera Coach Batteries

Hi Joshua,

I have been trying to find out what FR uses as their Battery Supplier. I have a 2016 Solera 24 R (FR Serial #33309) and am trying to install solar panels and a Solar Charge Controller. When I checked on my batteries, they do NOT have any labels or other items that tell you who manufactured them, what their capacity is, etc. Also my Forest River delivery slip with all the appliances with Manufacturer & Model and serial numbers does not even have a place for the batteries!

I have tried everything and all local Battery Suppliers.Without information on the batteries, it is NOT POSSIBLE to set up a proper charge profile, that requires manufacturer's recommendations for their specific battery.

Surely Forest River KNOWS who supplies their batteries!

I would really appreciate your help on this.

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I've been wondering the same thing!
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:00 AM   #3
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I was under the impression the dealer installs the batteries on new units shipped from FR. Is that incorrect?
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:39 AM   #4
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I was under the impression the dealer installs the batteries on new units shipped from FR. Is that incorrect?
Not according to bclemens. See here.
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The batteries are unbranded but made by Exide. They are distributed by Worldwide Batteries Co.




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Old 11-16-2015, 11:06 AM   #6
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They are unbranded Exide batteries made by Worldwide Batteries CO.
I think Joshua means the (unbranded) batteries are made by Exide and distributed by Worldwide.

While poking around, I looked to see if the current brochures say anything more than "deep cycle coach batteries". They don't. But while looking for this info, I found that the Solera brand has now disappeared from the Forest River web site. Not sure when this happened. RIP ...

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The Solera is now built under the Forester and Sunseeker brands.
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The batteries are unbranded but made by Exide. They are distributed by Worldwide Batteries Co.
I spoke with Worldwide Battery and they graciously told me the reserve capacity on the 12v Group 27 battery they supply to Forest River is 160 amps.
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This may be a conservative answer but Via our electrical engineer our batteries are group 27 and 100 Amps not 160.
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Just my 2 cents, but I have a 2013 Sunseeker 2300. Replaced the generic unlabeled stock battery early this year. Piece of JUNK. If investing in anything battery dependent, would first replace the stock battery with something you can keep. I use Interstate, which I recommend, but there are a few other decent batteries out there.
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