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Old 01-19-2016, 12:47 PM   #1
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used batteries, garbage

Just checked our new to us 2013 Jay Flight batteries . Wow what crap-
the dealer must have not even checked them as long as they held a charge they were fine with them. The connections are corroded and need to be cleaned.
I'm waiting for a dry day and will yank them and replace with new interstate batteries from Costco. Want to start off with reliable batteries even thou we normally camp at hook -up parks.
Same happened to our last trailer when we purchased used. I think their motive is to get it off the lot in working order then let you deal with it from there.
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:52 PM   #2
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I`m still using the original group 24 Interstate battery installed by the dealer 6+ years ago. I keep it plugged in when not using the TT. But I realize I will soon need a new one.
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:20 PM   #3
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I'm partial to Motorcraft batteries myself. For the most part, there's only 3 major manufacturers of batteries. Delphi, Johnson Controls (they do most) and Exide. So chances are, whatever battery you choose, may be just like the one you took out. Just a different label.
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Next set for my diesel will be Motorcraft.
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Maybe a good cleaning and keep on the monthly top off routine will be best for now.
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:34 PM   #6
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My oe batteries were just run of the mill but did fine for 4 years until I let them go completely discharged for a month at the dealers lot. I purchased some from O'reilly's and they are fine. Just basic 36 month grp 24's.

Keeping them clean and fully charged is the key to longest life.......
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Most people (dealers included) don't realize that batteries should not be discharged below 50%. Whenever I take my 5er in for service I have to tell them to disconnect the batteries cuz once I didn't tell them and a few weeks later, when I came to pick it up, the battery was dead.
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