Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-06-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 719
Another battery question ...

Folks, the batery in my RV is dead ... My fault from a few years ago, it does not last at all anymore as I left it connected to the trailer and let it stay there through a harsh winter (read 10F for long periods of time).

I saw a batter with a reserved capacity of 210 amps at autozone for 110 bucks. It is not labeled marine or rv or deep cycle. I had an interstate Group 27 and it was adequate for me, I do not camp without power, it is just for emergencies.

Is that battery any good ? is the reserve capacity all I should pay attention to ? I do not want to pay hundreds of dollars for a trojan etc ....

Please help me and forgive me I won't let the next battery die the same death ...
__________________

__________________
2009 Ford F-150 XLT/XTR 5.4l, CrewCab. long bed
2011 Surveyor SV-291
Goomph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
Jeffco, MO
 
tedstr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cedar Hill, MO
Posts: 143
I have used a marine battery that I purchased from Walmart for my trailers for about four years as my second battery wired in parallel. I do remove them from my trailer when in winter storage and I trickle charge them about every month to keep them charged. They have given me good service. Again, a marine battery with the most amp hours they sell.
__________________

__________________

Mary & Ted
2016 Silverback 33IK
2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD CrewCab Diesel/Super Glide Hitch
Days camped 09 -53, 10 -56, 11 -57, 12 - 55, 13 - 46, 14 - 50, 15 - 60, 16 -32
7 FROG Rallies (Goshen(4), Charleston, Amana(2))
tedstr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
spierce617's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 210
I would go for a dedicated deep cycle battery. Looking at Auto Zone web site do not see a deep cylce battery. Lots of Marine batteries with CCA ratings. Just my opinion.
__________________
1999 Chevrolet Suburban 5.7L V8
2005 Cherokee Lite 28A
spierce617 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 719
I only need a battery for running the furnace through a night for emergencies. I have a small generator which will charge the battery next day of needed. The interstate already did that couple of times. I understand the sentiment, but I do not want to spend hundreds of dollars for something I might need 1.5 times in the next three or so years.
__________________
2009 Ford F-150 XLT/XTR 5.4l, CrewCab. long bed
2011 Surveyor SV-291
Goomph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 13,282
not sure where you're getting "hundreds of dollars" from.
i bought a couple deep cycle batteries from Costco that cost about $50 each.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 09:25 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 719
That is what I read in this forum, couple of hundreds for a trojan which is a true deep cycle.

It would help a lot if you gave a brand name & specifications so I could also grab the same deep cycle from Costco tomorrow rather than just saying "I got a couple of deep cycles for 50 dollars" I did not see any marine/rv hybrids for less then 75 dollars.

I guess this subject is so beaten do death everyone just says search. Well i tried, and came up empty except to get a true deep cycle. I am using verizon's mifi which is costing me dearly so I do not have the luxury of reading each and every post.

I guess I will just go buy the same battery ....


Quote:
Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
not sure where you're getting "hundreds of dollars" from.
i bought a couple deep cycle batteries from Costco that cost about $50 each.
__________________
2009 Ford F-150 XLT/XTR 5.4l, CrewCab. long bed
2011 Surveyor SV-291
Goomph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 09:34 PM   #7
Denver, CO
 
garbonz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,905
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goomph View Post
That is what I read in this forum, couple of hundreds for a trojan which is a true deep cycle.

It would help a lot if you gave a brand name & specifications so I could also grab the same deep cycle from Costco tomorrow rather than just saying "I got a couple of deep cycles for 50 dollars" I did not see any marine/rv hybrids for less then 75 dollars.

I guess this subject is so beaten do death everyone just says search. Well i tried, and came up empty except to get a true deep cycle. I am using verizon's mifi which is costing me dearly so I do not have the luxury of reading each and every post.

I guess I will just go buy the same battery ....
Nobody answers cause you are cranky. This is a volunteer forum.
__________________
2007 Chevy 2500HD Classic LBZ Duramax/Allison (Stock)
2005 Bigfoot 1500C8.2 AWESOME
garbonz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #8
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 13,282
Costco batteries have their Kirkland name on them.
they also sell Kirkland 6 volt golf cart batteries for about $75-$80.

i simply bought 2 of their their Kirkland marine/RV deep cycle 12v batteries. i've had them for the past 4 years with no problems.
they aren't true deep cycle but i dry camp nearly all the time and with the two of them and my Honda 2000, we've can go 4-5 days before i need to recharge.

have you looked at the Costco battery rack? it's been awhile since i last looked at them and battery prices have gone up.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 07:34 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 719
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
Costco batteries have their Kirkland name on them.
they also sell Kirkland 6 volt golf cart batteries for about $75-$80.

i simply bought 2 of their their Kirkland marine/RV deep cycle 12v batteries. i've had them for the past 4 years with no problems.
they aren't true deep cycle but i dry camp nearly all the time and with the two of them and my Honda 2000, we've can go 4-5 days before i need to recharge.

have you looked at the Costco battery rack? it's been awhile since i last looked at them and battery prices have gone up.
Thanks, so you were talking about the hybrids, I was confused for a while there.
__________________
2009 Ford F-150 XLT/XTR 5.4l, CrewCab. long bed
2011 Surveyor SV-291
Goomph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 08:02 AM   #10
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 21,169
OK,

Maybe I can help a little bit.

1) The battery you are looking at is a "DP" or Dual Purpose battery. It is "good" for what you need. Obviously a "true" single purpose house battery would be optimum but you need to visit any solar power web site to get them (for the most part and pay the shipping).

2) 210 is RC in MINUTES not amps. To convert RC to amp hours, multiply by .4167 or 87.5 AH which is no slouch for a DP house battery.

You will be fine with this choice.

You should always remove your battery in the winter UNLESS you have it connected to a powered battery tender or 3 stage converter.
Herk

Quote:
Originally Posted by Goomph View Post
Folks, the batery in my RV is dead ... My fault from a few years ago, it does not last at all anymore as I left it connected to the trailer and let it stay there through a harsh winter (read 10F for long periods of time).

I saw a batter with a reserved capacity of 210 amps at autozone for 110 bucks. It is not labeled marine or rv or deep cycle. I had an interstate Group 27 and it was adequate for me, I do not camp without power, it is just for emergencies.

Is that battery any good ? is the reserve capacity all I should pay attention to ? I do not want to pay hundreds of dollars for a trojan etc ....

Please help me and forgive me I won't let the next battery die the same death ...
__________________

__________________

Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:48 PM.