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Old 04-01-2015, 04:49 PM   #1
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Do I Have the Right Battery?

Had my battery out and inside the house all winter. Went to throw it on the charger and noticed its a marine deep cycle. Seems I remember reading these weren't the right batteries for campers. It was stone cold dead. Here are some pics please let me know just trying to get everything ready for spring. Thanks

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Old 04-01-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
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Appears to be a dual purpose type. Meaning not a true deep-cycle. Will do cranking and deep useage to a degree. Usually if you let the battery charge go below 50%, the battery is forever damaged. Suggest you store your battery on a maint type charger. Most rvs are sent out from the factory with this type. They are much cheaper than a true deep cycle. I have two of these connected to a solar panel on the roof, and they work fine. What type, and how many depends of the type camping you do.
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Edit: Okay, it says "Deep Discharge Type"... does that mean it really isn't a deep discharge? You don't need cranking amps in a TT, so this might not be the right one.
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:33 PM   #5
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If you don't spend lots of time camping without ac that battery will work fine. I have 2 in my rig that work fine.
You should keep them charged with a trickle charger when removed for winter.
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It IS the same type of battery you typically get with a new camper.

However, if it has gone "stone cold dead" it probably won't recover. It may take a charge but likely will no hold it long. I would replace it. If you plan on doing a lot of boondocking a true deep cycle battery is a wise choice. If you will usually have shore power a marine battery will do fine.
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Evidentially it went stone dead over the winter, it's been on the charger all evening and is just showing 25% so it must be toast.

I never camp over 2 nights anytime without electric. I Would just need lights and enough to run the shower pump etc and maybe the inverter for a few hours of TV at max.
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Evidentially it went stone dead over the winter, it's been on the charger all evening and is just showing 25% so it must be toast.

I never camp over 2 nights anytime without electric. I Would just need lights and enough to run the shower pump etc and maybe the inverter for a few hours of TV at max.
You will be fine with the same size/type. Get a trickle charger for the next time it's removed or not charged by the converter. They are very inexpensive and will prolong the battery life.
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If your charger has a desulfation feature try that before you decide it's toast. As a battery slowly discharges the plates get covered in lead sulfate crystals. During normal discharges these are small and break back up under normal charge current. On long periods of sitting totally idle, the crystalline structure changes and the crystals are both larger and over more area. That prevents the recombination effects that happen during charging. Many chargers have pulse and current varying circuits that can break up the sulfating. Older chargers had very basic methods which could damage a battery (but if it was so sulfated it wouldn't charge much, then the risk was low anyway); newer chargers have better identification circuitry which can adjust the pulses and current to more effectively desulfate batteries in a variety of conditions. Check your charger documentation. If it's a small or trickle charger it may not have the feature. If it's a Schumacher or better, it likely does although you may have to enable it by holding a button or starting the charger up with a button depressed. It's not unusual to have to run multiple desulfation cycles over a couple of days, with a normal charge cycle in between. I've successfully recovered dozens of batteries for people over the years w/ good chargers, and some of those batteries lasted many more years especially if they were then used with some run up/run down cycles to continue the desulfation process thru normal use. A good standalone 'recovery' charger w/ multi frequency output and temperature compensation is great to have and if buying one defers a purchase of a new battery every year or so it's paid for basically on day 1. PulseTech makes a good one (XC100P which I've used), and BatteryMinder also makes a good one (maybe not quite as good, but I think they're comparable). They're maybe $100. They don't fix a battery overnight; it does take some time. I've lent mine out to folks who had a bob cat or back hoe, etc which sat, or who had a battery backup on the sump pump and didn't realize the breaker'd tripped on it. If you don't have but 1 battery to babysit, it may not be worth it. Mine's paid back it's $100 several times, and that's after I upgraded from a simpler charger/desulfator that was just a bit better than a normal charger.
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NO... any battery that has a CCA rating (yours is 750) is a poor choice for an RV.. the plates in it are just too thin for long life.
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