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Old 02-24-2011, 07:31 AM   #15
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I currently have a 14-year-old battery from a semi truck in my AS. It's been maintained with a solar charger for about the last 12 of those 14 years and it's still going strong. The solar panel is not mounted permanently. The battery will last through a three day weekend of boondocking and I can leave it off the charger for a couple of months at a time without it self-discharging at all.
IMHO, go bigger and definitely go solar.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:31 AM   #16
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Thumbs up Great insights and advice!

Many thanks to all the contributors! The Forum never fails to give me a solid start in educating myself, and I appreciate how much there is to learn when experienced members share their valuable know-how! My gut (with the help of your responses) tells me there's no need to rush out and replace them just yet, so it's time to experiment! Now I think I'll go do some more battery charging, measuring, using, and measuring again to get a better idea of the condition of the batteries.

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Old 02-24-2011, 10:41 AM   #17
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Many thanks to all the contributors! The Forum never fails to give me a solid start in educating myself, and I appreciate how much there is to learn when experienced members share their valuable know-how! My gut (with the help of your responses) tells me there's no need to rush out and replace them just yet, so it's time to experiment! Now I think I'll go do some more battery charging, measuring, using, and measuring again to get a better idea of the condition of the batteries.

Thanks again,
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After having a recently tested good, three year old battery explode in my Airstream, I would advise you to keep a VERY CLOSE eye on them.
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