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Old 01-31-2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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Replacement battery recommendation

I've got an '01 All-American Sport that needs a new battery. Never bought a deep-cycle battery before. Can someone offer advice? Thanks.

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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Well in my case I went with two 6V GC2 Golf cart batteries from Costco ($75 each) and I have been a very, very happy camper. These are true deep cycle batteries.

I had to change the battery box(es) - got 2 of them form JC Whitney for $10 each - as the batteries are 1-2 inches taller. They fit nicely right behind by propane tanks.

Lots of juice now - over 200 amps - compared to 80 with a single Group 24 12V.

My 2 cents.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:31 PM   #3
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Interstate make a decent battery that can get serviced across the country.
Deka and Trojan make high end batteries for boondockers. Sams Club and Costco offer lower cost alternatives.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. Anyone else?
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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Seems to me like 2 6volt would just add extra weight, and cost twice as much.
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Yes does seem so.

Do a bit of research and you'll read of the many advantages of 2 X 6V batteries.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:59 PM   #7
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Seems to me like 2 6volt would just add extra weight, and cost twice as much.
Dual 6 volt batteries have their place in the RV community.

The advantage of dual 6 volt batteries is the ability to have a good amount of amp hours available for dry camping. 2-6's carry the advantage of having the capacity beyond dual group 24 batteries --- kinda like running 2 group 27 batteries, but two of those will not fit on my camper.

So if dry camping power is a priority, 2-6v's are worth considering.

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agreed, if you never dry camp or boondock and always have hookups, then one 12 deep cycle battery is good enough.

but if you plan to dry camp or boondock, two 12v or 6v deep cycle/golf cart batteries are a must.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:29 PM   #9
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I am sold on the Trojan batteries. My last TT had a Trojan SCS225 12V and it was all I ever needed. They are a little spendy but well worth it. Still going strong after 5 years. I have also had good luck with Interstate.
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Thanks for your comments. The trailer is parked in a field, away from any/all conventional electricity. I've purchased a 15W solar trickle feeder. The trailer gets used for a weekend every month or so. In winter, it's nice to have some heat here in MI. Spring through Fall I just need some light for an hour or so. Hope that helps tailor advice. Thanks again.
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