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Old 10-17-2018, 03:49 PM   #1
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Battery Options - Lifeline

I have a 2014 Flying Cloud 25FB and have determined the Lifeline batteries are deceased and in need of replacing. I'm told these are quite expensive and in looking for alternatives, Interstate was the recommendation from my local AS Dealer, they state they don't fit in the existing box. Curious if others have ran into this, don't believe any battery is worth $400 a piece, particularly when we do very limited dry camping. Other recommendations for batteries that would fit in the existing box???
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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If you don't care about what batteries you have, I'd run down to Sears and buy a basic / cheap wet cell deep cycle battery like an interstate. I hear they will soon be having a fire sale. Group 24 will fit your battery box.
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I got 2 Universal AGMS from Randy at Best Converter. They are a lot cheaper than Lifelines. Chinese but least 5 years old and still strong
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A four year old lifeline (properly used) should be as good as new. In fact, they carry a 5 year pro rated warranty. I recently sold a trailer with a 10+ year old lifeline that was still performing great. I doubt that your trailer came from the factory with lifeline battery(s), so they may have been much newer than 4 years.

Whatever killed your lifeline will surely kill whatever you replace it with unless you determine why the lifeline died and correct the problem.
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If you don't care about what batteries you have, I'd run down to Sears and buy a basic / cheap wet cell deep cycle battery like an interstate. I hear they will soon be having a fire sale. Group 24 will fit your battery box.
Sears filed bankruptcy; go to Sams or Costco if that's your fancy. Both have good batteries with good warranties...

Lots of posts on this topic. I just replaced my new "replacment" Interstate 12V wet cells with 6V Golf Cart Batteries from Trojan...lots of choices...again, look at the posts.

As mentioned above, there may be/ likely is, something else going on....likely the converter..the stock converters were single stage and can ruin your batteries pretty quick. A lot of us have upgraded to multi-stage converter/chargers from Boondocker or Progressive Dynamics...call Randy at Bestconverter.com for advice....
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:27 PM   #6
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I replaced these this year, purchased in 2007.
They are a little pricey , $60/yr for 11yrs 😂 👍
They are on standby if needed.

X2 on... if they are in fact deceased, something did it, find out what, repair it and get the batteries of your choice. 🤓
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I use Lifeline 6V batteries, but we boondock a lot. If you don't do this type of camping much, and usually have shore power, you would be well served by two Interstate, Costco, Walmart, etc "RV/Deepcycle Marine" group 24 batteries. They are way less expensive and will still work fine for for occasional boondocking.

In my early years of RVing, I "killed" several batteries by my lack of knowledge. But after many mistakes, and a lot of study (including this forum), I now care for my batteries much better and get many years of service from them. My original AS batteries were group 24 Interstates. They were still going strong after 3 years when I changed over to the Lifelines.
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i replaced mine with Battle Born Lion batteries and moved them inside.

i would not move back to lead acid/AGM again

the lion can go down to 20% capacity. they are lighter also
Lead acid only go down to 50%, more than that and you reduce battery life
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We were faced with what to do when our 4 group 27 Lifelines which I thought were about 8-10 years old died. Wrong- they turned out to be 15 years old. Can you imagine them ONLY lasting 15 years? Perhaps our solar panels really helped a lot.
Anyway, given we are in Canada and prices are higher, I checked out new Lifelines which were $566 CDN + shipping each! After extensive searching and research I bought Fullriver AGMs for $340 and picked them up in Regina, SK. I believe they will do just as well as the Lifelines.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:54 AM   #10
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Batteries+ has Energizer Group 24 AGM for $200 plus 10% discount. They are made by Deka. The experts will tell you nothing is good as Lifeline, but then maybe it doesn't have to be.
Mine work fine if I can keep from killing them. They have a great warranty but no warrant covers over discharging.
Disconnect them for storage. Don't rely on the battery switch. There are still parasitic drains.
My AI will kill the batteries in a week if left unattended
I'm a well known battery killer.
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If you have a “Bulbs & Batteries” store in your area they carry the Duracell battery at a very reasonable price. Check it out, please.
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If you have a “Bulbs & Batteries” store in your area they carry the Duracell battery at a very reasonable price. Check it out, please.
Yeah, I said Energizer but it is Duracell

https://www.batteriesplus.com/batter...4m/sli24magmdc

They'll install it for you too if you are squeamish or weak (they weigh 50 lb)
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Batteries+ has Energizer Group 24 AGM for $200 plus 10% discount. They are made by Deka. The experts will tell you nothing is good as Lifeline, but then maybe it doesn't have to be.
Mine work fine if I can keep from killing them. They have a great warranty but no warrant covers over discharging.
Disconnect them for storage. Don't rely on the battery switch. There are still parasitic drains.
My AI will kill the batteries in a week if left unattended
I'm a well known battery killer.
good advice...also, recommend installing a mechanical battery disconnect switch to insure your totally disconnected..Amazon has several choices.
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Yeah, I said Energizer but it is Duracell

https://www.batteriesplus.com/batter...4m/sli24magmdc

They'll install it for you too if you are squeamish or weak (they weigh 50 lb)
I don't doubt they're good batteries but I'm a bit skeptical of a comment or two at that link. "I went camping in my trailer for four days, and when I returned the battery still had 13V !" Hmmmm....
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