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|Coach Battery advice||Lee Anderson||9-2-13|
|I have a nice low mileage 24' 1984 Southwind we've owned for 6 years. I had the batteries replaced (starting and coach)5 years ago, with Interstate batteries. They have held up well and are always on a maintainer when it is not being used. That being said, it is time to replace them and I want to get the most bang for the buck like everyone else. I am not sure the Interstate deep cycle batteries the local (car repair shop guy) installed last time are the best choice. I want to insure maximum battery voltage for appliances (refrigerator mainly) when starting and running on battery power. The unit also has the original Kohler generator that is in great shape, also relying on battery power for starting. The starting battery for the 454 engine is not a real large concern for me (I'm mechanically inclined quite well where the drive train is concerned.) Money is not a big concern, but want to put in the correct coach batteries for the job. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Hope you all had a "Great" Labor Day weekend. Thanks! Lee|
|Re: Coach Battery advice||Phil Feinstein||9-3-13|
|Lee, batteries are one subject that you can ask 10 people about, get 10 different answers and have 5 of those work for you.|
5 to 7 years is a typical lifespan for batteries, so you are obviously not abusing them. If you continue he same pattern of use and care, just about anything will work for you.
I live in Colorado, and based on that I recommend AGM batteries. Partly because they take abuse well and partly because I hate filling batteries. AGM is pricier, but you get good value for the price.
Personally, I don't know how you camp and how long you spend away from shore power. I can suggest that you track typical usage and gear towards batteries that accommodate your usage without going below 80% depth of discharge. If you tend to be in areas that aren't as dry as Colorado or Nevada or Arizona or New Mexico, having a "wet" battery won't be as much of a hassle for you as it is for me.
Hope that helsp!
|Re: Coach Battery advice||Lee Anderson||9-3-13|
Thanks for your input. You are a respected voice on this board, and I sincerely appreciate it.