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Old 12-22-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Solera Battery Maintenance

I have read a lot of "Great Info" on this board on maintaining the electrical system on the Solera. My question is, I have two "Maintenance Free" batteries under my stair. Has anyone opened them up to fill with distilled water or is it not worth it due to "Safety Issues" or is it better to just buy new ones. I have looked at Costco and they are reasonable for a group 27 at around $78.00, but they are also "Maintenance Free." How are you all maintaining your battery and where do you buy them? Thanks I appreciate any info.



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Old 12-22-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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Don't know about buying them as I have the ones that came with the unit only 2 years old. I left my in the unit last Winter and again this Winter, the unit is plugged into a 110 plug on the outside of the garage. I check the fluid level once a month and did have to refill with distilled water once last year. I also start the MH up once a month to make sure things are working right. Hope that helps.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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"Maintenance Free" is a misnomer. Even if it doesn't have screw caps for the cells, there is a pop-off cover that opens three cells at a time. You need to pop these off and check the fluid level as HKreck stated, and top off the fluid with DISTILLED water. If you cannot leave the coach plugged in or on charge, it's best to remove them. The Chassis battery in the Solera is indeed maintenance free - it's an AGM battery, and the cells are sealed.
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:36 AM   #4
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My house batteries were both defective when I purchased my Solera new. I replaced them with 2 AGMs from Sears which are highly rated and used by many boaters. The have low self discharge rates, charge faster, truly no maintenance required, and are less susceptible to permanent damage from deep discharges.
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #5
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Saw your post and found this regarding flooded vs AGMs. Because AGMs can take a maimum 100% draw something to consider. The Solera charging system up to the requirements of AGM vs. flooded batteries? AGMs can take at least 100% of their AH capacity as charging current. For example, if you replace your 780AH of flooded battery storage with an equal amount of AGM capacity, those new AGMs can easily take 700 or 800 amps of charging current! Just need to know if there is any limitations, or consideration of inverter parameter limitations.
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Saw your post and found this regarding flooded vs AGMs. Because AGMs can take a maimum 100% draw something to consider. The Solera charging system up to the requirements of AGM vs. flooded batteries? AGMs can take at least 100% of their AH capacity as charging current. For example, if you replace your 780AH of flooded battery storage with an equal amount of AGM capacity, those new AGMs can easily take 700 or 800 amps of charging current! Just need to know if there is any limitations, or consideration of inverter parameter limitations.
I haven't had any problems with these. They are very forgiving. I had 6 of them in my boat and they are practically bullet proof!

I'm told the Sears Die Hard AGM is actually an Odyssey AGM which is a top brand (for less money). About $200-$250 each.
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