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Old 07-28-2015, 02:23 PM   #1
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'78 Argosy 28 battery?

What is the replacement for the deep cycle group 78 battery. What works?
AGM the only option?
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:37 PM   #2
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I have just installed two regular wet cells - I know they are the bottom of the range but they will give me a few years until the new Li formulation batteries come down in price.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:13 PM   #3
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The only battery that would fit in the original batt box in our 78 Argosy 24 was a group 24,and thats not much capacity if boondocking
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:11 PM   #4
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Same problem. I looks like there are no deep cycle battery short enough to fit in the battery box of the '78 Argosy 28.
Has anyone moved the battery or found another work around?
A regular group 24 side mount might get me through my next trip, but certainly isn't a long term solution.
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:28 PM   #5
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I had the tray lowered by 2 1/2" to allow it to pull out for maintenance (and have two group 24s installed), then added a double hinges (dual pivot) to allow the original compartment door to be used (original catch lowers the original door, which then allows access to the latches for the lower hinge).

Have the same on the propane tank compartment which allowed a slightly larger modern tank to be fitted.

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Old 08-25-2015, 07:13 PM   #6
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I switched the batteries in my 24' Excella. The battery box right in font of the drivers seat is very limited in size. By moving the coach batteries to the lower compartment it leaves you many more options.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:17 PM   #7
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I found that the opening is 9-1/2" tall. My battery's are still good and measure 9-1/2". When I replace them I'm planning on using the yellow top Optima glass mat battery's that too measure 9-1/2. The trick the previous owner shared with me is to installing top post battery's using a thin 1/8" rollable cutting board to keep the terminals from shorting out on the frame.
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Old 04-30-2016, 12:30 AM   #8
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It wasn't until I looked in the owners manual did I realize the batteries in a 1978 Argosy 28 are supposed to be side terminal batteries. At least the two batteries under the hood compartment. Otherwise they don't fit properly and are liable to arch. Makes sense when you think about it. As soon as I replaced mine they fit like a glove.
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Old 12-02-2016, 09:23 AM   #9
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You can make a new box for the converter puting 2 Optama batterys then a shelf for the converter, the converter box is vented to the outside. this gives you 3 house batterys
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:34 PM   #10
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batteries

Which batteries did you guys end up going with? My 77 28' is missing both batteries as well.
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:42 PM   #11
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Jjona5, I stuck with a standard group 24 side mount. Replaced a few bulbs with LEDs never spent more than 3 nights in One place. Never ran out of juice running LEDs, water pump and very occasional fan.
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:43 PM   #12
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Cool. I really just want to get it home at this point. I might relocate them to another panel down the road. Thanks for the tip!
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