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Old 07-16-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Battery Recommendations Please

My battery is no longer holding a charge.
Time to replace.
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 07-16-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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My battery is no longer holding a charge.
Time to replace.
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

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My 5er came with an interstate deep cycle and works fine.
On my last tt after my battery gave up the ghost I installed an optima deep cycle it worked well to.
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I am a firm believer in Interstate's Deep Cycle batteries. I don't think I'd ever replace with anything but Interstate.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:12 PM   #4
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I am a firm believer in Interstate's Deep Cycle batteries. I don't think I'd ever replace with anything but Interstate.
They do seem to be a viable battery.
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Over the years I've had Interstate OEM batteries and Sears once in a pinch. They average 3-4 years lifespan. RV is tough duty.
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Another vote for Interstate!
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:11 PM   #7
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Over the years I've had Interstate OEM batteries and Sears once in a pinch. They average 3-4 years lifespan. RV is tough duty.
I got 4-1/2 years from mine so I guess I did ok.
It's a 2009 trailer but we got it from the factory in March of 2008.
Where did you buy yours?
I imagine that the RV dealer is the last place to go for a good price.

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Old 07-16-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
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I had 8 interstate 6 vdc batts on my boat to run the inverter sys. They would last about 2.5-3 days (running reefer and freezer and all other elec but A/C) then I would start the gen and in about 6-8 hours, all was good. I had a Heart inverter (don't think they are in business anymore) w/100 amp charger with a 4 stage system. When underway, and at sea is a lot rougher than on land (but on land, there is no danger of sinking). Now I have 2 12 vdc interstates w/50 watt solar panel and the sys works beautifully.
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My battery is no longer holding a charge.
Time to replace.
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

Bill
Three questions:

How do you camp? 100% electric, dry camping or mix.

Are you looking for 12-volt or 6-volts in series?

And what size (group) or Ah?

My thinking is that any old group-24 12-volt will do you fine if you are on electric 100% of the time. Group 27 or 31 if you need to be off the grid for a couple of nights.

If you are looking for the most Ah, than two 6-volts wired in series or two 12-volts wired in parallel (if you have the room).

I have two Trojan T-145 in series that give me four days of power (and we are not too conservative). Hard to beat Trojan batteries.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:04 PM   #10
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Three questions:

How do you camp? 100% electric, dry camping or mix.

Are you looking for 12-volt or 6-volts in series?

And what size (group) or Ah?

My thinking is that any old group-24 12-volt will do you fine if you are on electric 100% of the time. Group 27 or 31 if you need to be off the grid for a couple of nights.

If you are looking for the most Ah, than two 6-volts wired in series or two 12-volts wired in parallel (if you have the room).

I have two Trojan T-145 in series that give me four days of power (and we are not too conservative). Hard to beat Trojan batteries.
We are on electric all of the time (with the exception of hooking up to the truck when pulling out of storage)
I store my rig at my home. I
plug the trailer in every other week to keep the batteries charges and I have always keep a close eye on the water levels.
It sounds like I have gotten about the average life out of it.
I will stay 12V and the 27-group should be fine.
What I was curious about was what brand others are using.
Sears had a deep cycle battery on sale a few weeks ago. I was considering that brand but it seems that the group feels Interstate would be a better choice.

That's what I like about this forum. Always good input from folks when you need it.

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