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Old 03-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Need new battery

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we need to replace our battery when we purchased the dealer sold the unit with automobile battery and we being first timers didn't even know any better. Anyway it now needs replaced. We have a hybrid and are looking at the best choice for batteries. Are there better brands or types? So far we have mostly camped in RV parks with a few nights of boondocking.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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There are many good brands out there. Look for a DEEP CYCLE battery and since you are going for a single battery (I presume), try to get a GRP 24 or 27. The more amp hours (AH), the better. You can get some decent deals at Sam's Club, Costco, etc.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:20 PM   #3
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If you spend a lot of time boondocking, then look at a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries....they will give you good performance. If you just do a night here and there then most any deep cycle will do.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:35 PM   #4
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Regarding what brand to consider, I have an Interstate brand. I considered an Exide brand, but in my area the Interstate was easier to obtain. Price was comparable between the two brands. Exide is a larger company and has more choices for type of battery, even within the deep cycle category. Many are happy with any brand, quite a few out there.
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I agree that a pair of 6's wired +to- will give you the best life and performance BUT if you never boondock it is over kill...DO NOT buy any battery that has a CCA rating on it the plates are too thin..
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #6
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Agree with above statements. No CCA's and if you don't go off the grid much more than a night or 2 then a "real" 12V deep cycle will do. Check in boating supply or local RV dealer for a real deep cycle.

Just beacuse it says deep cycle does not mean it is, as most are hybrids that have CCA ratings to start engines. Check the specs with the AH ratings before purchasing. The higher the number the better the battery and the thicker the plates.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #7
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Thanks so much!
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I had to replace my 12 volt battery while in Yuma in January and found a deep cell Grp 27 at Walmart for 68 bucks. I did think about a couple of golf cart batteries but they would not fit in my battery box.
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I had to replace my 12 volt battery while in Yuma in January and found a deep cell Grp 27 at Walmart for 68 bucks.
I had to replace mine too last season. Went with the Wal-Mart route.
It is a deep cycle RV / Marine battery and seems pretty good.

You only get about 3 seasons out of them before you have to replace them.
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do most batteries only get 3 seasons out of them or is this 3 seasons
with a walmart battery?
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