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Old 02-12-2016, 07:31 PM   #11
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I am looking at Interstate and US Battery now, their prices are alot better than Trojan and noone seems to have bad experiences with them.

I am going to buy a single 12V deep cycle though, I do very little boondocking, but when I do I need a little better than a marine deep cycle.

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I have a pair of Interstate 6V Deep Cycle batteries going on 5 years old, preformed great......., about 60% boondocking.

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Old 02-13-2016, 10:08 AM   #12
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I am looking at Interstate and US Battery now, their prices are alot better than Trojan and noone seems to have bad experiences with them.

I am going to buy a single 12V deep cycle though, I do very little boondocking, but when I do I need a little better than a marine deep cycle.
US Battery is one of the top rated batteries around. I went with Trojan only because I was pressed for time before leaving for our trip out west and they had the Trojan batteries in stock.

Here is a little information I collected while researching batteries... it is an older 12VDC battery list, but should be pretty much the same. The test was done by an independent testing company, but I did not do much research into the test.

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A lot of "deep cycle" batteries aren't really. They just slap a "deep cycle"/"marine" label on them, change the warranty a little and raise the price. If you want true deep cycle capability be sure to research what you're really buying. I don't think you can accurately use the words deep cycle and economical (cheap) in the same sentence.


Also, deep cycle does not mean it will power your TT for a longer period. That's defined by amp hours. Deep cycle means the battery is constructed in such a way as minimize damage from plate warpage and separation during the charge/discharge cycle.
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I am definitely going with a US Battery 12V deep cycle, the group 31 US 31DC XC2 seems like the best battery that will fit in the standard Jay Flight rails.

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US Battery is one of the top rated batteries around. I went with Trojan only because I was pressed for time before leaving for our trip out west and they had the Trojan batteries in stock.

Here is a little information I collected while researching batteries... it is an older 12VDC battery list, but should be pretty much the same. The test was done by an independent testing company, but I did not do much research into the test.

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I agree from other on here. from your description of use, get an Interstate 12V Marine/deep cycle battery. A size 27 or 31 are a bit longer, and would probably last a weekend walmart trip.

you will increase your capacity from 80 amps for your original battery to 90 amps for a grp 27, to 125amps for a grp 31

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If you have some time on your hands do some reading on how to effectively charge your battery and you will get extra capacity and longer life out of a battery.

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/

A battery monitor will tell you a lot and if you are getting efficient use or a full charge on your current battery. Well worth the cost.

Economical in the long run is often more expensive short term.
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If you have some time on your hands do some reading on how to effectively charge your battery and you will get extra capacity and longer life out of a battery.

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/

A battery monitor will tell you a lot and if you are getting efficient use or a full charge on your current battery. Well worth the cost.

Economical in the long run is often more expensive short term.
Thanks Subaru for the URL link. Interesting blog. Just out of curiosity, what battery monitor do you use?
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Thanks Subaru for the URL link. Interesting blog. Just out of curiosity, what battery monitor do you use?
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might want to check on a Optima yellow top battery. Little costly but works good. Had one in my Jeep and never had a problem.
I had one for 8 years in my vette before getting another one. check e bay & Amz for discounted prices. I had my vette for almost 12 years & I am on my 2nd battery, this is in hot Florida where a/c use is almost daily. When car sits in garage for extended periods it will hold a charge longer than any other battery I ever had in my life. I use a trickle charger when car sits & that keeps in ready.
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