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Old 05-19-2014, 06:32 PM   #11
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You mean I can't get by with just my trusty Klein multimeter? Just kidding, but it does have a clamp on DC amp meter too, which is nice when finding parasitic loads. I also have a digital volt gauge that plugs into my lighter that has matched up well with the Klein.

Plan B is to do what I did a few nights ago - jump with cables off the emergency battery. I've got to figure out why the emergency start button didn't work. I rewired it so its a illuminated toggle switch last year. Plan C is another group 24 starting battery I made a box for and mounted a 1000W inverter on - I can always jump from that too.

Thanks for all the replies - I think I have enough information to go on now.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:18 PM   #12
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I went with two Duralast 24MD-DL batteries, about $90 apiece.

Duralast/Marine battery - 12 months free replacement (24MD-DL) | | AutoZone.com_

They are dual purpose batteries, both starting and deep cycle. They had as much reserve capacity as the previous Exide Stowaways, and 100 more CCA's. I took them on a 4 day boondock trip where they did nicely. I would draw them down to 12.2V by morning, and ~20 minutes on the generator would bring them up to 12.8V.
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