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Old 06-08-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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Best battery

Is there such a thing as a top of the line battery for a camper? If so what name, model should I get?
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:22 PM   #2
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IMHO, there are best practices to manage and maintain a battery, and these are more important than the brand of battery itself

That said, Trojan are popular choices.

I myself bought exide batteries from camping world to match the 2 that came with the new 5er, so that they all matched....very important
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Optima batteries are highly regarded. Their Blue Top line is their RV/Marine deep cycle line. They are pricey, however.
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Bought both of ours at Costco. One in 2005 for our 26 s pull behind, one in 2008 for our first 5er. Both are still in service in our 2012. I remove and store them inside in the winter and make sure the water level is maintained with distilled/deionized water. They haven't ever lost their charge while in storage. Once I over filled them, they flowed over after a while but never affected their operation.
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When you say best battery, do you mean true deep cycle which is best if you are going to dry camp a lot. Or are you asking for recommendations on marine deep cycle batteries. The 2 manufacturers that are most popular in true deep cycle batteries are Trojan and US Battery. They will cost very nearly twice as much as a marine deep cycle but as the old saying goes "you get what you pay for".
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If you are near any kind of battery distributor, you might ask about buying "blemished" batteries. They might have a scratch or crease on the case but still carry the full warranty. Because of the "defect", they are usually cheaper than perfect ones.

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Old 06-08-2015, 10:59 PM   #7
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I purchased Lifeline batteries. No maintenance and don't vent. They are pricey. Which one depends on room. I went with four 6V batteries for 600Ah at 12V. Now I don't worry about low batteries if I run the furnace at night.
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When you say best battery, do you mean true deep cycle which is best if you are going to dry camp a lot. Or are you asking for recommendations on marine deep cycle batteries. The 2 manufacturers that are most popular in true deep cycle batteries are Trojan and US Battery. They will cost very nearly twice as much as a marine deep cycle but as the old saying goes "you get what you pay for".

Yes a battery that will last a long time dry camping. True deep cycle
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I myself bought exide batteries from camping world to match the 2 that came with the new 5er, so that they all matched....very important
Based on some of your other posts, you seem to be very knowledgeable on this subject. So could you expand on this? I'm curious about how close they need to be. Do they need to be the same age? Or just the same type? Or both?

It seems like ideally they should be the same age and type, but would one of a different age (while not ideal) work to add a little "umph" to my system?

See, I have the standard issue Interstate dual purpose on mine. I don't want to spend a whole wad of cash on a new pair of batteries just yet since I'm mostly connected to shore power now, but at some point in the future, this may change. I don't see us boondocking much, but it would be nice to have the extra capacity for 2-3 days on the road. So with my limited use of the batteries, do you think I'd be okay if I just went down and bought another Interstate just like the one I have, but newer and just adding it into the circuit?

I'm pretty meticulous about taking care of my one battery; I keep the water topped off, and when it's not on the trailer I keep it in the garage on a float charger. I haven't looked at the date, but I assume it's about 2 years old now.

If not, do you think it could be worth my while to pick up 2 new batteries of the same type and age? Perhaps a couple of the AGM dual purpose batteries available at BB retailers like Wally World (Exide comes to mind).

I'm intending this to be more of an expansion on the OP's original question and the resulting discussion; I'm not trying to hijack the thread.
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Lifeline as a brand always come out as "best" for capacity and longevity. As noted, you pay for that.
Optima's have great marketing, but if you compare specs, they are mediocre at capacity.
The big thing is to compare "Amp Hours". And make sure they tested using the same method (here's a link explaining: What does “20 Amp Hr rate” mean?)

AGM's (like Lifeline) are the 'cat's meow" for maintenance free. But you can do the same capacity or better with dual 6v golf cart batteries. And then it is just money as to whether you want to deal with maintenance, or go AGM.

For many of us, Costco 6v's are the way to go, even though we might have to replace more frequently than when using Lifelines. Others choose to go with dual 12v Interstate or Trojans to balance capacity and cost (plus still being able to operate if one goes dead).

Size matters - more capacity with bigger, but make sure it will fit!
And don't forget, deep cycle only means that you should never go below 50% of whatever the capacity of the batteries are!
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