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Old 03-13-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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Recommended 12V Battery Brands

I'll be picking up a new-to-me TT soon and the dealer will include an Interstate battery. Although I don't dry camp, I have had an occasion where the CG power went out late afternoon and we drained the battery in one night just using the interior lights and the fridge. So I'm thinking about upgrading to a better quality deep cycle battery. I know that Trojan is highly recommended but for my purpose it's probably overkill. Certainly very expensive.

So I'm looking for recommendations on a decent brand 12V deep cycle battery and the size and Amp-Hours rating I should consider. I can get US Battery and DEKA (East Penn) brand batteries fairly local.

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Old 03-13-2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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While the interstate battery in not a Trojan, they are good. It just may be time to replace the interstate? How old is it?
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I started running Deka in all of my Harleys. They do extremely well for us. I think that they make a good battery. I run 2 group 27 battery's in my Cardinal. I have a residential style fridge with an 2000 what inverter.
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:38 PM   #4
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While the interstate battery in not a Trojan, they are good. It just may be time to replace the interstate? How old is it?
Dealer will supply a brand new Interstate battery. If I want to use something a little better I'll have to try to negotiate a store credit for the value of the Interstate battery.

The Interstate battery is actually a dual purpose (deep cycle/starting) battery and they don't list a 20 Hour rating.

From the info on their websites (20 Hr ratings):
DEKA DC27, 90 Amp-hrs
US Battery US 27DC XC2, 105 Amp-hrs
Trojan 27TMX, 105 Amp-hrs
Interstate SRM-27, 96 Amp-hrs (est. from Trojan literature)
Canadian Tire Nautilus 27 (Exide?), 100 Amp-hrs
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:43 PM   #5
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I had dual large Interstate marine/RV deep cycle batteries on my previous TT. No complaints at all - still good after 9 years. I always took them out and put them on a smart-charger in the unheated garage during the winter, almost always being floated by the RV power center otherwise.
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Two srm24 interstate ' s so far so good "4 years"
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Old 03-14-2015, 12:03 PM   #7
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The key here may be the fact that the fridge is using 12V power. Was it for cooling or just for the electronics portion? I have never run a fridge on 12V for cooling, always 110V or propane but I suspect cooling with 12V is a major drain? I have sold EastPenn for the last 6-7 years now with no major issues/comebacks. Perhaps it won't matter what battery is there, if the fridge is cooling with 12V the useful life could be relatively short between charge cycles? IMO. Keep in mind I have been wrong a time or two.
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Definitely want to run the fridge on gas if not on shore power.
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Old 03-14-2015, 03:46 PM   #9
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Costco now sells Interstate deep cycle RV/Marine batteries. Available in store. Better price than most other sources.
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I have been buying Costco batteries since the store opened in Windsor. Their batteries are made by Interstate which is owned by Johnson Controls, one of the largest battery producers in the world. Costco has the best warranty in the business, hands down. If your battery loses its "oomph" over a couple of years, you carry it in and they give you your money back. I think over 3 years it is pro-rated but check first as I am not certain. Also take an old battery of any brand with you to the store to offset the $10 core charge on the new battery you buy. Can't go wrong with Costco.
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Cleon and rznaz, on the evening we drained the battery the fridge was on propane (it won't run exclusively on 12V), but it does use 12V to operate the control board.

Does Costco in Canada sell deep cycle batteries? I still have a bunch of Canadian Tire gift cards from Christmas...does anyone have experience with their Exide-made Nautilus batteries?
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When I replace the batteries, I get a pair of the cheapest Walmart sealed batteries.
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When I replace the batteries, I get a pair of the cheapest Walmart sealed batteries.
That's why you keep replacing them..
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Cleon and rznaz, on the evening we drained the battery the fridge was on propane (it won't run exclusively on 12V), but it does use 12V to operate the control board.

Does Costco in Canada sell deep cycle batteries? I still have a bunch of Canadian Tire gift cards from Christmas...does anyone have experience with their Exide-made Nautilus batteries?
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We got some re branded gr 24 with our 315. Its sticker says "Mason".Sticker isnt even on strait,its at about a 20* angle. Cant find any reference to them anywhere. Wasnt that thoughtful of them? I'm going to build a new aluminum bat box like I did for the Merhow except for 2 gr 27's.
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That's why you keep replacing them..
Haven't had to yet, only when I got the trailers new. Dealer didn't put matched batteries in so I just replaced both of them and used the dealer batteries on other things.
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Costco in Canada definitely sells the deep cycle batteries used in RVs, boats, TTs, etc. I bought 4 of them for my Class A RV.
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That's why you keep replacing them..
All I buy is wally batteries, mosrly because I'm never more than a few miles from a wally if I do need warranty.That being said,Ive never had one fail that was the batterys fault. The 2 in my SD 7.3 are 6 yrs old,the truck is never garaged, and it started all winter just fine down to -20. The wifes grand cherroke has a 5 yr old one,same story.That is what I will be putting in the 315 this spring,going to ditch that no brand Mason it came with.
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I wholeheartedly recommend the Costco batteries. Got 2 x 6v and gave been babying them for close to 4 years. Still like new.

Back then Costco did not carry them in Canada, hit them in Myrtle Beach, $74 each.
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I don't think you want a "dual purpose" battery regardless of the brand.

I've had good luck with NAPA deep cycle batteries.
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