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Old 05-20-2007, 04:08 PM   #15
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Just an FYI--as a former employee of Interstate Batteries, I can tell you that Interstate is an automotive battery distributor, not a manufacturer. Their batteries are mostly made by Johnson Controls. (They actually do manufacture some of their small batteries but not automotive batteries.)

Just FYI!

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Thanks for the information. This is why I quoted my source, to make it clear that I could not confirm the information. Perhaps he meant, but didn't say, that Costco gets their batteries from Johnson Controls, as does Interstate.
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Old 05-20-2007, 06:09 PM   #16
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I've fallen into the bad habit of checking mine annually (I have to do better) and found that for the last two years the upper plates have been exposed. In my case I need to do this more often and the condition of mine are purely my fault.

On my Safari I was much more dilligant due to the battery box being easy to access. With the difficulty of getting to these in my Classic, I've been neglectful and will pay the price by having to replace either this year or for sure next. My saving grace is that I don't boondock and the only use that my batteries get is running the jack when I pick it up or drop it off at my storage location.

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Old 05-20-2007, 09:47 PM   #17
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I've fallen into the bad habit of checking mine annually (I have to do better) and found that for the last two years the upper plates have been exposed. In my case I need to do this more often and the condition of mine are purely my fault.

On my Safari I was much more dilligant due to the battery box being easy to access. With the difficulty of getting to these in my Classic, I've been neglectful and will pay the price by having to replace either this year or for sure next. My saving grace is that I don't boondock and the only use that my batteries get is running the jack when I pick it up or drop it off at my storage location.

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Hey Jack,

You NEVER have to water an AGM, and Lifelines have a 5 YEAR WARRANTY!!!
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:25 PM   #18
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I was just at the storage place today and after sitting for a few weeks with out any shore power, they read 12.2 volts.

Is 12.2 volts still OK?

Jonathan
Jonathan, 12.2 volts is about 25% charge remaining. When fully charged, they should be 12.65 volts or more, and a specific gravity of 1.275.
We learned when Ford specified the group 65 battery, there was not enough room in the battery for the plates and electrolyte. There were interwall separations (no cranking amps/ internal opens), and distorted plates causing shorted cells (dead cells). The solution for a time was to produce a battery with the same physical dimensions, but fewer plates, and less cranking amps. These batteries, while having less cranking amps, had more reserve capacity than the standard group 65 battery.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:38 PM   #19
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Hey Jack,

You NEVER have to water an AGM, and Lifelines have a 5 YEAR WARRANTY!!!
Yes, I'll give that due consideration. The other option is maybe a Delco Voyager which while being a flooded battery, under normal operation doesn't need periodic water additions. Since I don't boondock that may be the better price performance choice.

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Ok, everyone! Time to revive this 5 year old thread. To all of you who replaced batteries in 2007, how are they holding out? Don't be shy, tell us which you bought and why, and if you regret it, or were they perfect?

BTW, my batteries are stickered 6/2006, and they are Everstart (by Johnson Controls) Deep Cycle Marine (and fine print says trolling). I just checked out the water levels them. One was fine, I just added a bit of distilled water. The other battery was way overdue for feeding...it took almost a gallon of water. I'll take it soon and have it tested. I have no clue about voltages/amps or outputs. I have the parallax 7400 series charger/converter with 65 amp output which I believe is original equipment.

Is the parallax a good unit, or should I save some scratch to upgrade?

Thanks for your input!

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Ok, everyone! Time to revive this 5 year old thread. To all of you who replaced batteries in 2007, how are they holding out? Don't be shy, tell us which you bought and why, and if you regret it, or were they perfect?

Thanks for your input!

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Hi, my batteries continue to last about three years. My 2007 batteries have been replaced [dated 08/10] and the ones I have now will more than likely have to be replaced within a year. Still using Costco batteries.
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The Optima Blue Top I installed in the B190 in 2008 was still in good shape when we sold the van last fall, over four years later. I installed a PD9260 at the same time as the battery and basically let it handle the battery automatically. I'd check the charging mode, but I never changed it after I originally installed it.

I always had at least an electrical hookup (and kept it plugged in at home most of the time, but not always). If you're using your batteries a lot more, running them down more frequently, they might last a shorter time.

My good experience with the Blue Top + PD9260 is why I went with the same setup for our trailer (albeit with three batteries, instead of just one). We've done some camping in the trailer without electrical hookups, and I'm sure we'll do more, so it'll be interesting to see how long the three batteries last.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:44 AM   #23
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Hi, my batteries continue to last about three years. My 2007 batteries have been replaced [dated 08/10] and the ones I have now will more than likely have to be replaced within a year. Still using Costco batteries.
Same here, only I've been using Interstates. Makes no difference, they last the same 3-4 years in our truck, car, boat or trailer. We just have too much heat here. My truck battery just died at you guessed it, 4 years. So I agree with the majority here. It's nice to have a fresh battery. A friends AGM died while we were boondocking and nowhere near a place to take advantage of the replacement warrantee.
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