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  • Julesanddave
    JulesanddaveWhy didn't I think of that? Tips and Tricks:
    May 6We need to replace our RV coach batteries. What brand do you recommend?
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      Seann ( the Canadian) May 6 Pairs of 6 volt batteries are the best, I've always had good luck with interstate. if prices important than Costco has the best deal on batteries and they're pretty good about warranty
    • Julesanddave
      George and Sally May 6 Kind of depends on what RV you have and what is your budget.
    • Julesanddave
      Jim & Sharon Ham May 6 Since you said "coach batteries", we are left to assume you have two or four powering the house circuits in a motorhome.  Trojan brand 6 volt batteries are often used in golf carts and are known to hold up for multiple years of cycling.   T...  more
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      • Julesanddave
        rick&dee May 6 If I upgraded to Battle Born they said I would have to upgrade my converter because the lithium batteries require a higher charge rate than my current charger is capable of. People with older rigs need to keep that in mind when making the jump to lithium.
    • Julesanddave
      pokeysRVadventures May 6 I only have one 12 Volt deep cycle in my RV also. I bought it used with a deep cycle from Walmart in it and replaced it with the same. The battery sold by Walmart is made by the same company that makes the Optima batteries.
    • Julesanddave
      SACnFrau May 6 We replaced our house batteries with Lifeline AGM 6V batteries. No service requirements unlike standard lead acid batteries.
    • Julesanddave
      Big G & Lou May 6 Costco has the best price on “ Interstate Deep-Cycle RV Batteries”.
    • Julesanddave
      Cinn May 6 Make sure they are true deep cycle and not  "hybrids." (Interstate are hybrids.) Hybrids cannot discharge as many times as true deep cycle. (Less years of use.) If you can't afford Lithium ($1,000 per battery!) AGMs are great because they are sealed,...  more
    • Julesanddave
      Barry & Lorin May 7 We just purchased VMAXTANKS Batteries on Amazon. They are Heavy Duty 6V AGM Deep Cycle with a Float Life span of 8 to 10 yrs. As an electrical engineer I appreciate that they utilize an electrolyte suspension system. They also need no specific gravity che...  more
    • Julesanddave
      Dan&Jo May 7 Universal Battery, VMaxx, Optima and Renogy all offer very good AGM batteries that are maintenance free. I refuse to pay just under $1000.00 per battery for Battle Born, most of the others can be purchased for around $120.00 or so, that way you could buy ...  more
    • Julesanddave
      WeMustRV May 7 Caution on Lithium.  They cannot handle extreme cold so they are not for everyone.  I would love them however in the Iowa winters they would be ruined as it is powered down during this time.
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      • Julesanddave
        rick&dee May 7 Totally agree with you. However, Battle born says the battery has a built-in BMS (battery management system) that will shut down the battery if it gets too hot ore COLD. Also when the voltage gets too low 10%. It's highly unlikely you can ruin the battery...  more
      • Julesanddave
        Dan&Jo May 7 rick&dee yet still, at $1000.00 each for Battle Born, and only $125.00 for any of the other AGM's, that's a 4 to 1 ration, even if the AGM batteries only last 3 years that would be 12 years of new batteries every 3 years for the same price as 1 from them....  more
      • Julesanddave
        rick&dee May 7 Yes agree. I have lead acid my self. Just wanted to let people that there current charger my not charge lithium to there capacity 
    • Julesanddave
      Cinn May 7 AGMs should last 5-10 years if not discharged below 50%. More battery info: https://www.solar-electric.com/learning-center/deep-cycle-battery-faq.html/
    • Julesanddave
      Bandit455 May 7 I personally prefer the reliability of Optima batteries. Been using them for years. The yellow top batteries are true deep cycle 12v, drop in replacements that will outlast any other conventional battery. Reserve is rated at 130 @25amp. I do not boon dock...  more
    • Julesanddave
      Pat & sister May 8 Couple months ago, I replaced my 8 Optima blue top AGMs.  My independent service center recommended Deka (much less expensive than Optima).  Did my research and found the manufacturer is East Penn, they also manufacture Duracell AGM batteries.&n...  more
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      • Julesanddave
        Bandit455 May 8 The one thing that absolutely drives me nuts about batteries is the reserve ratings are not regulated. You have to be very careful selecting a battery based on that because all manufacturers use a different draw rate to come up with their reserve ratings....  more
      • Julesanddave
        Dan&Jo May 9 What really drives me crazy is all the "claims" made by the manufacturers. What I'm most interested in is how long will they last, will they have power when I need them.  All of the companies mentioned in this post have a very similar disclaimer on t...  more
      • Julesanddave
        rick&dee May 9 Dan&Jo. 1- weight is much less than lead-acid. 2- 100 amp lithium can use all 100 amps without damage. 3- with proper charger they can charge in half the time. 4- has a BMS (battery management system) to protect from overcharging and too much discharging....  more
      • Julesanddave
        Dan&Jo May 10 rick&dee all of what you post could very well be correct. However our statement was about financial differences and the way 'we use our RV'. We are NOMADS, in our RV 24/7/365 (366 Leap Years), we predominantly stay in parks designed for RV's not boondocki...  more
    • Julesanddave
      Bandit455 May 10 Personally, I would go with either the cheapest battery with the best warranty, or Optima batteries because they are truly sealed batteries, will not ‘sweat’ and start to corrode battery trays etc. you are absolutely correct to be frustrated with t...  more
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