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Old 09-07-2010, 11:03 AM   #57
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...What's in there now is a "Legend 75, Maintenance Free" with a 75 month warranty...
it would appear that's a napa branded battery.

so IF u like it visit a napa store.

the coach SHOULD have 2 batteries, one for starter/engine purposes and one for coach needs...

the coach batteries are usually deep cycle labeled and the starter battery "starter" labeled.

the interstate came with a euro battery that a/s immediately replaced with an "interstate" brand replacement...

so the napa isn't oem and that's not bad (or good)

the point is replace the coach battery with the LARGEST amp/hour that will fit in the space provided.

and stick with replacements labeled for deepcycle/marine/rv use...
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while the green/yellow/red read out display is easy to view...

it does NOT give a very accurate report of battery status.

this stuff is covered in depth in other threads and may not matter 2 everyone.

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Old 09-07-2010, 11:39 AM   #58
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There are two batteries, it is the coach battery that is giving us problems.

It is a NAPA brand and we have located a dealer just north of us in Rio Dell, CA, where we are headed now to have him check it. It should still be under the 75 month warranty, so if replacement is needed they should cover to that $ amount and then we can upgrade.

We are armed with your information and suggestions.

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Pirates?

Well, here we sit at the Napa dealer, who has discovered our coach battery is a car battery rather than any kind of deep cycle RV battery. That explains a lot.

As we are the original owners of this RV, the battery Airstream put in it in 2006 is what logically should be in that compartment. However, the battery that was there apparently went the way of the original awning---which we had the warranty for but was not that same as the one removed when we had to have it replaced 2 years ago due to wind damage. Hmmm.

Replacing with a deep cycle Marine/RV battery at this time.


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yeah i suspected u were using a starter battery based on the name...

some will argue this issue confuses buyers, since the constuction vs type issue is blurry.

just go for the one with the MOST amps inside the magic box that will FIT in da'rollin box.

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We've put in one with "845 cold-cranking amps", battery-speak and basically unintelligible to me, but reportedly a good battery. We're still here, cables didn't reach or were on the wrong side or something and had to be replaced, etc.

I expect we're going to get a bit better performance out of our coach battery when dry camping now.

Thanks for the help.

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We've put in one with "845 cold-cranking amps", battery-speak and basically unintelligible to me...
cca is starter battery terminology.

there should also be info on "rated cap. amp. hrs / 20 hr rate" and "minutes of discharge" at various loads...

my guess is this one is ~ grp 27-grp 31 size with about 100 "amp hours" of capacity...

ONLY 1/2 of which should be used before REcharge...

this means about 2-3 days/nights of USEABLE time depending on loads...

so it will still need to be recharged every 2-3 days, unless demand is kept in check.

it's NOT a good thing to let yer display drop into the RED zone without promptly REcharging...

i think.

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