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Old 09-02-2003, 03:07 AM   #1
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Can someone give me a hand? I have just purchased a 1975 Sovereign 31. I am to pick it up on Saturday the 6th. I have been told that it has an electric tongue jack but no battery. He has no idea what group it uses. Can anyone tell me what battery group I need for this unit? Thanks in advance. Mark
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Old 09-02-2003, 06:44 AM   #2
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Probably anything from a Group 27 to a Group 31. I have a 30XHS Trojan in mine.
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Battery Group

I have a 1974 Sovereign and used a Group 24 maintenance free battery. You could probably go a bit bigger if you needed to.
Other group sizes that are about the same size as a group 24:
(Group 24 = 10 5/8" x 6 3/4" x 8 3/8")
Group 34 = 10 3/16" x 6 7/8" x 8"
Group 78 = 10 3/16" x 6 7/8" x 8 1/8"
My advice would be to go with a maintenance free battery and avoid having to top up with water, but more importantly, avoid the risk of acid spills and the corrosion that goes along with it.
I would also recommend a battery designed for cycling rather than starting - they cost more, but will keep going much longer when you are using the trailer without electrical hook-up.
My choice would be one of the new Exide Extreme Duty Orbital batteries as they have excellent cycle life and a very low internal resistance so you can charge them quickly and also get a lot of power out of them if you need to. You can probably get these at NAPA but they might be 'own-labelled'!
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Great! Thanks for all your help.
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My '77 Excella 500 has 2 battery boxes (one on each side of the propane tanks) and each holds a grp. 27 Delco Voyager which is 12 1/2" long. A Duralast grp. 27 was 1/4" too long to fit in the battery box. What did you finally get?
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