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Old 01-03-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Battery question

We are buying everything we need for our new 17 Ex-port.

Does anybody have any battery recommendations? We are leaning towards something from WalMart because of the three year warranty and of course, there are WalMarts everywhere.

What brand, what size? Right now we are (guessing) we need at leats 100amp hour battery.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:05 PM   #2
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I would recomend an Intersate battery with 550cca & 690mca. that is what is in my 19H.You should be able to get a replacement anywhere in the US & Canada. I suppose any batterey with the same spec would work just fine. Larry
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:17 PM   #3
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BudMan-- The cat # on my Interstate Battery is SRM24 which is for Marine / RV use. Hope this helps in your decision.Larry
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If I knew I could get away with it I would use the same one from my stick house on the TT...



1,000 pounds of lead acid batteries... 840 Ah's worth of power. 6V batteries wired up for a 24V inverter making 4Kw worth of power for the house...
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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There are only a few companies that make batteries. You don't need CCA for your trailer. You are not going to be starting engines with it. The bigger the battery the longer it will last. IF you plan on doing any dry camping I would recommend a group 31 or 29. If you don't plan on dry camping you would be fine with a group 27 or 24. I have had good luck with the batteries I have purchased from Sam's Club. If you don't belong then I would go with the batteries at Wal-Mart. If you buy your battery at Wal-Mart and you drain it when camping, you can take it to a Wal-Mart and have it recharged for free. I love your camper. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine.
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There are only a few companies that make batteries. You don't need CCA for your trailer. You are not going to be starting engines with it. The bigger the battery the longer it will last. IF you plan on doing any dry camping I would recommend a group 31 or 29. If you don't plan on dry camping you would be fine with a group 27 or 24. I have had good luck with the batteries I have purchased from Sam's Club. If you don't belong then I would go with the batteries at Wal-Mart. If you buy your battery at Wal-Mart and you drain it when camping, you can take it to a Wal-Mart and have it recharged for free. I love your camper. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine.
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There are only a few companies that make batteries. You don't need CCA for your trailer. You are not going to be starting engines with it. The bigger the battery the longer it will last. IF you plan on doing any dry camping I would recommend a group 31 or 29. If you don't plan on dry camping you would be fine with a group 27 or 24. I have had good luck with the batteries I have purchased from Sam's Club. If you don't belong then I would go with the batteries at Wal-Mart. If you buy your battery at Wal-Mart and you drain it when camping, you can take it to a Wal-Mart and have it recharged for free. I love your camper. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine.
That's what I was looking for. We do belong to Sam's (actually my son is a Sam's Club district manager so we had no choice <grin>)

The only dry camping we are planning is rest areas, WalMart parking lots and Flying Js enroute to wherever we are going. I like alMart because of their warranty (three years) and they are every where so easy to get a replacment.

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If this is a new trailer then the dealer should provide a battery, at least a group 24 to get you home and started. As said if you will be using electrical hook ups you do not need big heavy battery(s). Boondocking is a whole different story. -Lee
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If I knew I could get away with it I would use the same one from my stick house on the TT...



1,000 pounds of lead acid batteries... 840 Ah's worth of power. 6V batteries wired up for a 24V inverter making 4Kw worth of power for the house...
I have 6 on the tongue right now... but have to take 2 off when traveling. Boondock 6 months of the year (right now)
this message being sent on a solar powered computer and satellite internet.
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We are buying everything we need for our new 17 Ex-port.

Does anybody have any battery recommendations? We are leaning towards something from WalMart because of the three year warranty and of course, there are WalMarts everywhere.

What brand, what size? Right now we are (guessing) we need at leats 100amp hour battery.
If you can get 2-6volt golf cart batteries you will get much better life out of them Using Trojan T-105's each pair gives you 220 AH (true amp hours not cca). Just wire them pos to neg to get 12 volts and enjoy....
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