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Old 12-17-2015, 03:16 PM   #11
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Like many RV questions, one should know how the owner intends to use "it." And the owners needs to consider what kind of maintenance/storage process they need to implement. Also, it is just one source of power and all sources of power, as well as inverters, and converters should also be considered.
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Old 12-17-2015, 05:49 PM   #12
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My problem is mine Interstate dealer battery was drained at the dealer, now if it sits for a week, the jack won't work. I have just been backing up the truck close enough to get it high enough (I like to keep it level when parked), then hook up. I don't think we'll ever boondock. I'm getting a new one and want to do it right. I am getting a Battery Doctor shut off too. I think the drain from the radio face, propane sensor, and alarm are more than it can handle now.
Sorry to hear that your dealer did not treat your battery as well as he probably treats his.

But, I know not to leave my battery with the dealer when I need service.

So thanks for that.
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Old 12-17-2015, 05:54 PM   #13
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P.S. No matter what type of batteries you decide to go with, learn how to treat them well. They hate heat\cold, do not like being overcharged or depleted below certain levels, and should never be off of a smart battery charger\controller when not in use or discharged. I am sure I am forgetting several things but once you appreciate their importance, keeping track of their condition\charge state becomes just part of the RV fun!
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:28 PM   #14
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Marine batteries don't work for me. I've got a pair of red top Optimas on my camper. I plan on them lasting 10 years.

A friend of mine had a red top Optima on his tractor with a bad alternator. It lasted about that long.
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:50 PM   #15
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I have two Walmart deep cycle trolling motor batteries and they work just fine for me. I believe they are group 29. I keep them on the battery tender when not in use.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:54 PM   #16
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If I might add, if you are near a battery distribution warehouse or can even find the battery delivery man, ask them about "Blemished" batteries. They might have a scratch or dent or something but are still new with a warranty, might just be ugly.

Usually a lot less than a "perfect" battery.

Also, if you decide to go with a two battery set up, buy them at the same time! Do not pair a new battery with an old one.

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Old 12-18-2015, 08:58 AM   #17
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Marine batteries don't work for me. I've got a pair of red top Optimas on my camper. I plan on them lasting 10 years.

A friend of mine had a red top Optima on his tractor with a bad alternator. It lasted about that long.
Wouldn't you rather have a "Blue top"? From what I've read, the red tops are great for high energy starting applications (like a motor that's been cammed over) and they charge and discharge very quickly. Just curious how a non-deep cycle is working out for you?

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I have two Walmart deep cycle trolling motor batteries and they work just fine for me. I believe they are group 29. I keep them on the battery tender when not in use.
Which ones exactly, and how long have you had them? I looked and couldn't really find one at WM that I liked. It would be nice to find one, from what I understand the WM battery warranty is pretty nice. They will readily trade out a battery with few questions asked. AND WM is everywhere, so if I have an issue out on the road, I can find a store to take it to.
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Had them for a year. Walmart batteries are manufactured by Johnson controls. I run two parallel when I am off the grid. They are heavy.
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I have searched, read, and still haven't found recommendations on which brand of battery to buy.

So, what say you?

Also, what are the advantages of 2 6v vs a 12 v? Can't seem to find that answer either.

I have spent 2 days of searching and reading and can't find it. I apologize if i have missed it, but I need a new battery for the upcoming season and am trying to get my plan together.

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My problem is mine Interstate dealer battery was drained at the dealer, now if it sits for a week, the jack won't work. I have just been backing up the truck close enough to get it high enough (I like to keep it level when parked), then hook up. I don't think we'll ever boondock. I'm getting a new one and want to do it right. I am getting a Battery Doctor shut off too. I think the drain from the radio face, propane sensor, and alarm are more than it can handle now.
IMO, if you won't be boondocking, then one 12 volt battery should work for you. Pairs of 6 volt batteries, or 12 volt batteries, give you added DC capacity for boondocking.

We have two 12 volt batteries and routinely boondock for 4 days, but not running the furnace, 12 volt fans, or a television.

We've been using Walmart batteries in our vehicles and TT because of the price and availability. I have no complaints.

Have you checked with an Interstate dealer about replacing the battery? Walmart replaced the batteries in my diesel truck without any questions when they failed within the warranty period.
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Thanks! I think I'll have a look at those.
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