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Old 02-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #21
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:23 AM   #22
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What's the best 12v to get?

I am about to begin shopping for a new battery; but I am confused with all the numbers, like group 24, 31???
What should I be looking for in a deep cycle/marine battery?
We do not dry camp, and are always hooked up to power except when I use the power jack at the storage lot while dropping off/picking up the TT, so, I am looking for advice on the best 12v battery for my situation.

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Old 04-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #23
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I am about to begin shopping for a new battery; but I am confused with all the numbers, like group 24, 31???
What should I be looking for in a deep cycle/marine battery?
We do not dry camp, and are always hooked up to power except when I use the power jack at the storage lot while dropping off/picking up the TT, so, I am looking for advice on the best 12v battery for Thanks
The group number is basically physical size (footprint). If you gave a group 24 battery in your present camper's battery box, you most likely will need to replace it with a group 24 battery (unless you have room for a bigger one - seems unlikely you will need one in your situation).

Stay away from "on sale" car batteries. They have VERY low capacities.
Inexpensive DP (Dual Purpose) Marine batteries are available at most auto stores.

Rule of Thumb: If they are hawking CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) it is a car starting battery and you don't want it. If they are talking RC (Reserve Capacity or AH (Amp Hours) they are talking about the kind of battery you need.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:56 AM   #24
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I am about to begin shopping for a new battery; but I am confused with all the numbers, like group 24, 31???
What should I be looking for in a deep cycle/marine battery?
We do not dry camp, and are always hooked up to power except when I use the power jack at the storage lot while dropping off/picking up the TT, so, I am looking for advice on the best 12v battery for my situation.

Thanks
If you are always hooked to power, you don't need an expensive battery. But you SHOULD get a deep cycle battery. A smaller Group 24 should work fine for you under these circumstances. You can get a good deep cycle for $75 or less at NAPA or just about any other auto parts store. I would not get an expensive brand like Trojan under your circumstances.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #25
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I highly recomend the Trojan batteries. Look for a true deep cycle not a deep cycle/marine. I have also had very good luck with Interstate batteries.
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Is there any real advantage to getting a sealed battery (AGM) or should I stick to flooded?
Keeping in mind that I am not an expert at keeping it perfectly charged 100% of the time.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #27
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Is there any real advantage to getting a sealed battery (AGM) or should I stick to flooded?
Keeping in mind that I am not an expert at keeping it perfectly charged 100% of the time.
just reinstall same battery back in your camper it will serve you just as well as the old one . imo
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just reinstall same battery back in your camper it will serve you just as well as the old one . imo
This is good advice. Take it to an autozone or other shop to be desulphated and charged. It will still give you a few more years of service.
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if you need to by a new one and says its an interstate brand just replace it with the like !
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I highly recomend the Trojan batteries. Look for a true deep cycle not a deep cycle/marine. I have also had very good luck with Interstate batteries.
I agree and have a Trojan also. But for this application I'm not sure a Trojan would be necessary. He could buy 3 Group 24 deep cycle batteries at NAPA for what 1 Trojan would cost. Since he is not really going to be cycling the battery, it didn't seem necessary to me. The Trojans ARE an awesome battery as you state!
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