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Old 04-29-2012, 05:48 PM   #15
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I have West Marine AGM, four years old. If for no other reason than they're the first four year old lead acid battery I've owned of any kind which has stayed entirely leak free, I love them. They are perfectly clean and dry. There is no acid splatters, corrosion, maintenance at all in the battery area (!)

Next time I'll go to the Lifelines. Question: Will the late model battery box take anything bigger than 24? Evidently not, but just checking...
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:58 PM   #16
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tpi,

In our 2008 25', Lifeline Series 27 fit if you cut back the lip under the hinge for the door. The door hinge comes off easily. Cutting back the lip is a bit more work. A Sawzall with a carbide blade would work. Bigger batteries than those may require raising the door.

But all battery brands of a series are not necessarily the same size, so check dimensions of them before you buy them.

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Old 04-29-2012, 07:49 PM   #17
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I also have Lifeline 27's in our 04 Classic, in this style box. The HB optional.

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:12 AM   #18
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Lifelines Group 24 Installed

I finished installing the Group 24 Lifelines in my 2005 Safari. They fit perfectly and all the connections were inline with the original batteries-no retro fits necessary. As someone said, there are "secondary" connections on the main posts to accommodate the jumpers and the "hot" wire to the trailer systems. It is a perfect match to the 3 stage converter I installed at the end of last season. I used a small piece of metal with a hole drilled in the middle to hold the batteries in place with the retaining bolt between the two batteries (the original wing nut was too large and prevented the compartment from closing)
Thanks for all the help everyone!
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:13 AM   #19
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I did the same thing as bluegrass did to hold down the batteries properly, except I cut a round piece of plywood. I had scraps, easy to cut and doesn't conduct electricity.

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Gene were you able to use the plastic tray in the bottom with your 27s?
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tpi, no. It was too small for the batteries. It protected the battery box from acid spills I suppose, but with AGM's not necessary.

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plastic trays

I did use the trays without issues...
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I did use the trays without issues...
But I put in series 27 and you did series 24. 27 is bigger and didn't fit on the tray.

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