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Old 08-30-2014, 07:32 PM   #11
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And thanks for all the advice, I appreciate it.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:30 PM   #12
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I know from my experience, the roads traveled can cause quite a bit of fluid to spill out of the battery tops. That's why when these deep cycles go, they will be replaced with AGMs.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:08 PM   #13
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I've had optima red tops in daily driver and hot rod, only got about three years out of them. Not too impressed for the price.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:25 PM   #14
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I've had great results with Optima Yellow tops on my off-road rigs. Optima reds are starting batteries and yellows are a combination starting/deep cycle. However, for a trailer a true deep cycle is what I would use. Something like a Trojan 27 AGM or 31 AGM.
As much as I like my yellow tops, I would never consider one for the trailer.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:58 PM   #15
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Another thought, why is it bad if the plate was exposed? Don't they ship batteries dry?
The reason is; Low electrolyte level - battery plates exposed to air will immediately sulfate.Thus not allowing them to absorb a charge on the part that was uncovered. Don't shoot the messenger, i'm only trying to explain the why here.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:35 PM   #16
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Bah, it happens. Knew I should have checked them during the PDI. Probably just junk anyways. Run them till they die. They are the ones that came with the sunseeker, assuming 12v "deep cycle"....
It is what it is, and if you didn't demand a certain type battery when you bought the trailer then don't shed a tear, they're probably not worth it.
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:32 AM   #17
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Oh, I hope I'm not coming off wrong. I really do appreciate the info and advice. Just asking questions, trying to understand....
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:49 AM   #18
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Oh, I hope I'm not coming off wrong. I really do appreciate the info and advice. Just asking questions, trying to understand....

I just reread my post and realized my poor choice of words.
It reads like I was saying blame yourself, this was not my intention.
I apologize.
What I meant to say was that some dealers and/or manufacturers equip the Rv's with low quality batteries that maybe survive the warranty period and that it is in the individuals best interest to install good batteries of their choice afterwards.
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:00 AM   #19
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No worries. Any idea how I can leave the rv plugged in to 110v and not have the converter frying the batteries? So u can keep the fridge on and still have power to the outlets for a heater and dehumidifier?
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:21 AM   #20
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Just trip the converter breaker in your distribution box.
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