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Old 11-06-2002, 09:56 AM   #1
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along with my other problems i have a bad battery. i have had this coach three years and i have had to replace the house batterys every year . i have been using INTERSTATE batterys and they are not meeting my expectations. thinking of going to gel cells or something else., any thing but INTERSTATE brand. the bad one is just out of warranty and INTERSTATE WANTS ALMOST THE PRICE OF A NEW ONE TO REPLACE. NOT..have used Excide for the coach battery from walmart and it gets replaced about every year under warranty . any one have a suggestion for a RELIABLE replacement..


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Old 11-06-2002, 11:00 AM   #2
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I would look at the charging system. 3 batteries in 3 years would seem to indicate a problem other than the battery.

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Old 11-06-2002, 01:09 PM   #3
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for comparison- the coach batteries in mine were replace by the po in 1999.
They were run down quite a bit when i first got the unit as it had been sitting off charge for awhile. After I plugged them in that first time they have had no problem maintaining a charge. They are marine type batteries and were 80 dollars each almost4 years ago.
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Old 11-06-2002, 01:18 PM   #4
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You should be getting from 3-5 yrs. out of your house battery. Something is just not right. You either have a phantom draw from the battery going somewhere or you are not getting a proper charge to the battery. Have your alternator checked out to see that it is putting out the proper amperage. It is my understanding that many RVers like the Interstate as well as the Exide batteries. How often do you drive your rig? If it is not plugged in for charging or driven around periodically, batteries will discharge over a period of time.
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Old 11-06-2002, 03:34 PM   #5
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Battery failure...short life

Batteries require more than just drawing out energy. Any new battery can be destroyed in just a matter of 4-5 heavy drawdown of power. Any serious drawdown of power from a battery that exceeds 50% of the battery capacity, will destroy that battery in a very short time period. Any battery that is drawn down to 12.0 volts repeatedly should say good bye to that battery. Batteries require carefull charging and monitoring. Batteries inherently lose about 6% per month just while sitting with no activity. A small output charger controlled with a time clock will keep a battery ready to be used for a long time. Many RV battery users get very ofter 6-8 years from a cared for battery. The best tool for care anf feeding of a battery is a digital voltmeter. Charging is best low and slo rather than hi and fast.

Battery voltage at rest

% Capacity voltage
remaining at 77 deg
100 12.63
90 12.54
80 12.45
70 12.36
60 12.27
50 12.18
40 12.09
30 12.00
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Old 11-19-2002, 02:15 PM   #6
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footnote on my post from above- my house batteries went down to 10.7 volts over the weekend, and seemed overcharged by the smell of acid.
I unplugged them and they did rise back to almost 12 by the evening. I had to plug in the shore power for heat when the temp dropped to 27 degrees later that same night, and the batteries came back up a bit but not far enough yet. I am going to unplug them from the univolt and recharge them individually with my portable charger to see if they will recover.
Guess I spoke too soon about them before!
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Old 11-19-2002, 03:13 PM   #7
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did all of the cells have water in them ??? that is what my house batterys did, but i needed water in one cell. end result that cell was bad in one of the batteries. i have been looking at rv batteries and warranties .the best warranty i have found is at sams club . the stoway tournament series batteries are warrented for 18 months with free replacement. and they are less expensive that the interstate batteries.. the sales clerk says he has never replaced a battery to date . at one time the stoway battery was no good they were made by gnb , now i think they are made by exide. it did get a bit on the cold side a couple nights ago.
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Try Trojan deep cycle batteries. I have been using these for 8 years since I started having problems with the Interstates. You can get them from West Marine stores. I also tossed my Ener-Genius charger many years ago for a Statpower computer controlled charger. This unit has two separate outputs and I use it for both the coach and engine batteries. Problems long gone.
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Old 11-23-2002, 10:52 AM   #9
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mine are sealed. Delco Marine/rv. Can't check or add water which ticks me off but they came with the coach. I have my charger on one right now trying to get it back to full voltage...
I also saw some rv/marine at walmart with a decent warranty, but don't rememder details....$65-70 each.
I think mine were overcharged- hoing they might be ok, but will know after attempting the charge.
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Old 11-26-2002, 05:24 AM   #10
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Here is my opinon on those so called deep cicle maint. free deep cicle batteries. I have been messing with them in my Wellcraft boats I owned for the past 30 years. The batteries are not maintainance free, they loose there water just like any other battery. You can take a small screwdriver and pop off the two caps, 3 cells each and refill the batteries with destilled water or battery acid. Befor you buy bateries, have them load tested and have your alternator checked. Altenator berrings will wear out normaly and the distance between the amateur and field will change, giving it a dead short. JUST MY OPINION ON THE ISSUE.
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I am quite satisfied with my 2 Yellow Optima's, they seem to be well made.

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Try Trojan deep cycle batteries. I have been using these for 8 years since I started having problems with the Interstates. You can get them from West Marine stores. I also tossed my Ener-Genius charger many years ago for a Statpower computer controlled charger. This unit has two separate outputs and I use it for both the coach and engine batteries. Problems long gone.
Did you throw the whole energenius thing out, or just the battery charger?
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My 05 Bambi came with a couple of Lifeline glass matt batteries. It's probably too early make an assesment, but so far, they have been fantastic in terms of taking a charge and longevity. When not in use, the 55 watt solar panel easily keeps them at full charge, and when in use it doesn't take long to charge them back up. I was wondering if anyone has had any experiences with them, either good or bad.
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Did you throw the whole energenius thing out, or just the battery charger?
I threw out everything but the distribution panel. I removed the transformer and all wires to the charger as well as some circuit boards. I kept the DC fuse panel and the AC circuit breaker panel so I did not have to touch the Motor Home wiring.
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