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Old 02-27-2020, 10:40 AM   #1
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What is the best battery to buy, for a 2013 Cedar Creek. I thought I would talk to the group that would have the best knowledge on this matter.
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Old 02-27-2020, 10:46 AM   #2
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Best is relative to what your needs are. What do you need from your batteries?

Boondocking? Residential fridge? Primarily a RV park queen?
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I have an RV site in the spring and Summer, and will be traveling to the east coast this fall, and then thinking of going to Florida for the winter.
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I have a pair of Trojan T-105's in the CC. Most on here know that I am a big fan of the Trojan's, not the least factor is that I get them from a local golf cart shop for about $115 each, out the door.
There are several folks on here that are more knowledgeable than me, (TitanMike, Babock, ependydad, wmtire) and others.

It all depends on your specific needs. Just an occasional overnight boondock is different than regular three day weekend boondocking.
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Old 02-27-2020, 12:06 PM   #5
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Best is relative to each persons needs and on-board equipment.
There have been plenty of previous discussions on this forum and many heated opinions.

Do you plan to do a lot of boondocking (no power) or stay mostly in FHU sites?
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Best is relative to what your needs are. What do you need from your batteries?

Boondocking? Residential fridge? Primarily a RV park queen?
So far we've always had at least electrical hookups. I put myself somewhere between King and Trailer Park Boys.

I can do OK with a cheap marine dual purpose 12V battery like the dealers install but I've been in campgrounds where the power went out for several hours and a cheap DP battery doesn't last long in that situation. So I'm looking at upgrading to 2 true deep cycle batteries so we're better prepared for the next time.

Thought this might help the OP.

BTW, if your unit has a residential refrigerator from the factory, do the dealers still just give you a cheapo dual purpose battery?
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As long as we were plugged in, I wasn't too concerned about what type of battery we had, which was usually a marine deep cycle. When we seasonal dry camped on solar for a couple of summers, I built a larger solar system that used 4 golf cart batteries. Currently we're in a full-service seasonal site, so I'm running a single group 31 deep cycle battery as supplied with our 2011 Silverback 35K when we bought it last year.
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So far we've always had at least electrical hookups. I put myself somewhere between King and Trailer Park Boys.

I can do OK with a cheap marine dual purpose 12V battery like the dealers install but I've been in campgrounds where the power went out for several hours and a cheap DP battery doesn't last long in that situation. So I'm looking at upgrading to 2 true deep cycle batteries so we're better prepared for the next time.
Get off your wallet and stay at campgrounds using quality electric grids (such as Ontario Hydro or CON ED)
Get out of the backwoods where they try to make their own, and the power wonít go out so often.
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Get off your wallet and stay at campgrounds using quality electric grids (such as Ontario Hydro or CON ED)
Get out of the backwoods where they try to make their own, and the power wonít go out so often.
LOL. Both times we were at a KOA! Admittedly, those KOAs are on power grids in rural Ontario. Ontario Hydro is known for poor power supply.

We've had poor power (low voltage) many times ranging from an RV Resort (Sherkston Shores) to a Provincial Park (Darlington).
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LOL. Both times we were at a KOA! Admittedly, those KOAs are on power grids in rural Ontario. Ontario Hydro is known for poor power supply.

We've had poor power (low voltage) many times ranging from an RV Resort (Sherkston Shores) to a Provincial Park (Darlington).
Low power at Darlington? Seriously?

Why not just plug directly into the Nuclear Reactor. Shouldn’t cause low voltage that way.
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Low power at Darlington? Seriously?

Why not just plug directly into the Nuclear Reactor. Shouldnít cause low voltage that way.
That was on the previous TT. My hard wired PI EMS shut off power it was so low. I would have needed a couple extra extension cords to reach over to the nuke plant.
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To answer your question I purchase my batteries from NAPA stores. You can always fine one in most areas. I get the deep cycle batteries for my trailers. I have always had good luck with them!
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a good least expensive group 27 battery for Marine/RV use is the $89 ( about this price ) Interstate brand battery sold at Costco. Some people badmouth this brand, but it has served me well for many years. This battery is a good occasional use general purpose battery. That means it is NOT good for boon-docking for more than a night, and may not last an entire evening of heavy on-board furnace running. I have this same battery in my RV now since 2015. I normally park in an electric hookup spot at camp-grounds and only occasionally at non-electric spots but always in warm weather. Wherever you get a battery, take the old one for a trade-in otherwise pay $10-$20 more then retail.

PS Have you made your FL winter plans yet? If not, I would be!
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I have a pair of Trojan T-105's in the CC. Most on here know that I am a big fan of the Trojan's, not the least factor is that I get them from a local golf cart shop for about $115 each, out the door.
Wow! How do you get them for that price? Is that wholesale? The best price I have ever seen is a little north of $400 each. My 4 Interstate 6 volt batteries are about 8 years old and I'm gonna have to replace them soon.
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To answer your question I purchase my batteries from NAPA stores. You can always fine one in most areas. I get the deep cycle batteries for my trailers. I have always had good luck with them!
Wasn't aware that NAPA sold TRUE deep cycle batteries, just dual-purpose marine batteries.
What deep cycle battery did you get from them?
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Wasn't aware that NAPA sold TRUE deep cycle batteries, just dual-purpose marine batteries.
What deep cycle battery did you get from them?
They do sell GC batteries
https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NBP8144
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Wow! How do you get them for that price? Is that wholesale? The best price I have ever seen is a little north of $400 each. My 4 Interstate 6 volt batteries are about 8 years old and I'm gonna have to replace them soon.
He mentioned he gets them from a local golf cart shop.

Could be a "special" price that the owner may not be aware of (we used to have warehouse personnel selling tires out the back door and the prices were fantastic until they got caught).

OR

Could be just a good price based on the golf cart shops volume purchasing power

OR

They might be used batteries that still test "good enough".


One thing fairly certain, a golf cart shop probably takes delivery of batteries by the truckload and that lessens the individual freight costs that are built into most retail prices.
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Wow! How do you get them for that price? Is that wholesale? The best price I have ever seen is a little north of $400 each. My 4 Interstate 6 volt batteries are about 8 years old and I'm gonna have to replace them soon.
There is a solar retailer up here in Ontario, Canada that has the T-105 on their website for CAD$192.47

https://www.solacity.com/product/trojan-t-105/

Thatís about US$145. You should be able to do much better than that in the U.S.
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There is a solar retailer up here in Ontario, Canada that has the T-105 on their website for CAD$192.47

https://www.solacity.com/product/trojan-t-105/

Thatís about US$145. You should be able to do much better than that in the U.S.
A quick Google search showed them for $135 on ebay with free shipping.
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When my brother picked up 4 t-105s for his motorhome, he went to a local battery distributor that bought them by the pallets and they supplied golf courses. Best thing is that you get batteries with very new date codes and you get them from the same pallet so they are identical age.
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