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Old 07-18-2016, 07:13 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Still Kickin View Post
Just for knowledge sake, the portion of the plates that were uncovered in acid, are now dead. If you're only using them sparingly, you probably won't notice it, but if you dry camp much, you will. The test would be, put a load on them from the 78% you believe them to be maintaining, and then after a short time, re-test. That will give you some idea, how much functional utility your dealing with.

Yea sir, at this time in our lives we don't dry camp, only RV parks. We might dry camp over night during a trip but we will always be in rv park camp grounds with full hook ups. I know the battery's are in a bum leg and l already know what batts I'm going to replace them with. But for now I'm happy they even came back at all.

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Old 07-20-2016, 06:15 AM   #12
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Well since bringing my stock batteries back to life after finding them dry and dead l thought I would give a little update. Out 30DS is at a storage place covered up, we're both away from home at school working on our masters. So when we went home to get our motor home (Minnesota) and bring it out here (Virginia) that's when l learned my battery's were kaput. It's been about 7 weeks since all this and we visited our motor home yesterday. The 1st good sign was when l unlocked our rig and opened the door the steps came out powerful and fast. I hit the battery disconnect switch and walked right to the control panel where the slides, generator and LP,fresh,holding,battery info is. I pushed the button and all the little lights came on showing a full charge. I'm thinking that's alright. Well anyway while we were there l started the V10 and let her run about 15 minutes, just to let the engines alternator tingle the battery's just a hair. I'm happy and feel lucky, cuz those suckers were low and dead.

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Old 07-20-2016, 08:54 AM   #13
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Hopefully you will be lucky, but my bet is that while they will hold a charge, their total capacity has been permanently reduced from the permanent loss of oxidized plate area that was not covered with electrolyte. As others have said, the problem will appear when you draw significant current and the state of charge drops much faster that it would have with fully capable batteries. If you don't boondock you should be OK, but if you really need those amp hours they are probably gone forever.

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Old 07-21-2016, 09:03 AM   #14
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My husband replaced ours soon as he took delivery - I'll ask exactly which type and let you know - a gel type I believe? And more capacity overall. He said our batteries though on a brand new coach were actually mfg two years ago- he got credit for them and traded up for brand new ones.
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:50 PM   #15
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Ok, I got tired of worrying about the stock batteries not having enough amp life for boondocking. Here in the west, boondocking is so abundant with locations I had to do something. The areas are too breathtaking not to stay awhile. So, I took the plunge and built the rack (40$ in material) for the (4) 6v T-105 plus. There was plenty of room in the FR3 30DS. Welding a brace to the left side and previous rack gave it the stability it needed. I will add an auto fill system to maintain them. After all was done, I said to myself "Self, there looks like you have enough room for another row of 4 batteries in front of these" Decided not to get too greedy. Would have to re-plan everything. I will eventually get better batteries (AGM or whatever new tech) when I burn these up. I sent some photos to show it is doable and NICE TO HAVE!
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