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Old 10-10-2006, 01:41 PM   #1
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Cabelas AGM batteries

Has anyone used one of these Cabelas AGM batteries in their rig?
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...tery&noImage=0

Look like a pretty good deal... I wonder if the group 30 size will fit in my standard battery compartment.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:54 PM   #2
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Don't use the Cabelas but do have the Optima which is an AGM and have been very pleased so far. One thing to consider is if you have a warranty issue you'll probably have to get the battery back to Cabelas, lot of dealers for Optima.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:58 PM   #3
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Hey 63Air: Congrats, what a great and true statement. The little battery guy need to eat as well. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:51 PM   #4
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Don't use the Cabelas but do have the Optima which is an AGM and have been very pleased so far. One thing to consider is if you have a warranty issue you'll probably have to get the battery back to Cabelas, lot of dealers for Optima.
I thought Optima's were gel cell batteries - not Absorbed Glass Mat.
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:09 PM   #5
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That's great to know they have those batteries and at a good price. We have a Cabelas here in the Phoenix area (Glendale).
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:22 PM   #6
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I have a Cabelas right by me. Bottom line is what is the biggest battery I can cram in the box in a 1979 31' International? I'd like to go with their biggest but I'm not sure it will fit.
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A group 24 battery should probably fit in any Airstream. I got a Group 27 in our '85 Sovereign, and it is a tight fit, but works. In the past I was able to put a group 31 (or was it Group 30?) in our '66 Overlander, but no way it would go in the '85 (which probably has the same battery box as your '79). Since the Cabela AGM comes in Group 22, (too small), 24, 27, and 30 (probably too big for most applications), you should be able to find one that fits.

I should note that I have heard that the charging voltage for AGM's must be held to tighter tolerances than typical Lead Acid batteries, so this is something you may want to check out furtur before committing any dollars on an AGM.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:25 PM   #8
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I would probably replace the Univolt at the same time with a modern convertor. I assume most of the new convertors would handle an AGM? Was hoping a group 30 would fit to really give me some bang.
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Old 10-11-2006, 06:17 PM   #9
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I am in the process of installing AGM Batteries in my '58 Traveler. Make sure that the charger you chose has a setting for the AGM Batteries!
The different types require different charging voltages in order to get the proper life out of them.
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I was told the AGM batteries use the same charge voltage/program as regular wet cells; its just the gel batteries that require a different regimen.

Does anyone know who makes the AGMs for Cabelas?
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:23 PM   #11
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You are correct, AGMs and wet cells have the same charging requirements. Gels can be finicky and need a lower rate. There are even some that have a AGM setting but I subscribe to the marketing gimmick theory on those, for the most part. Might be some slight benefit but not much.
I don't know who makes the Cabelas AGM but they aren't that popular from what I've heard. Doesn't make them bad at all though and worth a try if the price is right. Probably better than lead acid.
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:45 PM   #12
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So does anybody know what the maximum size battery is that I can grease down and fit in the standard battery compartment on a 1979 31" International?

As for the Cabelas AGM battery look at it's rated reserve of 180 for group 27 vs. 105 for the Lifeline group 27. That's what's selling me on it.
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You should be able to fit a group 27 with ease. Maybe even group 29. Look at the AH capacity. What you are saying is very suspicious for a group 27 at 180.
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You're mixing up the numbers. Reserve capacity is not the same as the AH rating.

AH rating (105 on Lifeline) is the number of amps it can discharge at a 20 hr use rate. Reserve capacity (180 on Cabela) is the number of minutes it will operate, usually at 25 amp discharge rate. Lifeline's reserve capacity, 186 minutes, is actually higher than Cabela's.

Two different ratings entirely.
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