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Old 06-15-2015, 04:09 PM   #1
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New batteries

Hey guys I have a 2010 Sandstorm 203SLC (my first camper) and my batteries are dead dead, I can charge them for two days and the next day they are dead. So looking at new batteries and looking for recommendations also, are there certain things I should look for (specs) obviously deep cycle. Are the Blue Tops (Optima) worth the money or other cheaper batteries in comparison to them? Also, I don't have a shore power at my house and was wondering while parked should I keep it on a trickle charger even if the batteries are going to be brand new? The wife and I are brand new to this camper world and are figuring little things out as we go. Thanks for the help!Click image for larger version

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Old 06-15-2015, 04:26 PM   #2
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Take a read. Car and Deep Cycle Battery FAQ, Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List, and

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Old 06-15-2015, 04:29 PM   #3
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First, does it have a battery disconnect switch? If not, install one, because there are parasitic power drains that can empty a battery in just a few days.
That's if you don't hook it up to shore power.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:44 PM   #4
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In my opinion the special costly type batteries such as the Optima are a waste of your money in an RV, I am sure you will get other opinions here regarding this issue. But I would suggest the best wet cell battery or batteries that will fit in the available area. Larger capacity batteries are all ways better than smaller ones. As suggested a battery cutoff switch is a requirement here. But most factory installed cutoff switches do not disconnect all of the vampire loads. It is best to have a trickle charger on your batteries when they are not being used. The internal loses in the battery will discharge the battery over time with no load on the battery.
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:32 AM   #5
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Consider 2 6v batteries...They are better built to take discharge and recharge over a long period of time and they don't cost any more than a good 12v dc battery.

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Old 06-16-2015, 05:58 PM   #6
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After 4 years of hard use my pair of Interstate RV/Marine group 24 batteries were not holding a charge very well. I was about to replace them when I read about chargers that can desulfate and equalize. So I spent $98 on a charger.

After 2 more years the batteries were still going strong when I sold the TT>

Have you performed a desulfate charge and an equalize charge?
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Battery Minder makes a charger that desulfates the entire time it's running.
If you are going to invest in new batteries it is a definite must have and will extend your battery life.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:31 PM   #8
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Any battery where the rates are in CCA and/or minutes of reserve are not well suited for RV use. You would get much more bang for your buck going with one of the big box store's 6 volt deep cycle golf cart batteries. (2 are required to give you 12v)

Capacity on those will be about 220 amp hours. That's a pretty decent start if you are just looking for something to get you from point A to B. They need to be maintained, but dollar for dollar it's about the best option in that price range.

That's assuming you have a fairly standard rig. Ie., electric/LP reefer...

If you like to dry camp or boondock much, have the room for them, and won't suck your piggy bank dry.. then I would go with 4 - 6v batteries.

Picking up a battery tender would be ideal if a stand alone charger is what you looking for when in storage.

Ditto on the disconnect switch.

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