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Old 07-11-2007, 11:00 PM   #1
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Checking the water in the batteries

My 07 Safari has the battery cables laying across the water caps with little or no slack. In order to check the water I have to remove one end of the cables.

Is there an easier way? Can I buy longer cables and lay them alongside the batteries as they traverse between the batteries?

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Old 07-11-2007, 11:21 PM   #2
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Pain in the butt, isn't it?

I've been able to pry the caps up enough to check the cells without removing the cable, but just barely.

No answer for you, just sympathizing.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:23 PM   #3
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When your battery dies. Replace it with an AGM.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:58 PM   #4
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Agreed

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When your battery dies. Replace it with an AGM.
Richard has the best advice on this one.

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Old 07-12-2007, 11:28 AM   #5
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I just bought some longer cables from Wal-Mart, long enough so that the batteries will slide out and can even be lifted down onto the ground, though I usually just rest them on the open door flap. The excess cable can be folded or coiled loosely beside the batteries. I then use one of those battery water dispensers that only dispenses when the container is pressed firmly down onto the battery cell opening. When the correct level is reached, the air supply tube in the nozzle is submerged, and the distilled water ceases to flow.
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When your battery dies. Replace it with an AGM.
Richard and John are spot-on with their advice for AGMs. I am a huge fan of them, sell them, and have replaced every lead-acid battery that I own with them. Better capacity, much faster re-charge times, mostly bullet-proof, and the Lifeline brand is built to mil-spec and used in all of our military's aircraft.

That said, if you don't want to go that route, follow Nickcrowhurst's excellent advice.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:20 PM   #7
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When your battery dies. Replace it with an AGM.
So, do AGM (?) batteries not require water? More info please!~ Pam
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Better capacity, much faster re-charge times, mostly bullet-proof, and the Lifeline brand is built to mil-spec and used in all of our military's aircraft.
I went to the lifeline webwite, and it got my attention. What size AGM batteries would I need for my 34'AS.

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I went to the lifeline webwite, and it got my attention. What size AGM batteries would I need for my 34'AS.

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The biggest one that will fit. In my 75 TW it was a Grp 27 Lifeline....
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:11 PM   #10
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When the Intersates die they will be replaced by AGM'S. But for now the longer cables we installed after our first battery ck are working just fine. It's funny how one cable is plenty long enough,but the other way to short!!! NOTE: get good quality cables of the PROPER guage, also if your plugged in or on a generator for an extended period; ck level once a week, I was quite surprised how quickly the level went down compared to our beloved "63" Safari.

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Old 07-13-2007, 12:33 AM   #11
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So, do AGM (?) batteries not require water? More info please!~ Pam
Hi Pam,

Go to Lifeline Marine Batteries - AGM Marine Battery & AGM RV Battery for all the info you seek. They DO NOT require any maintenance, other than keeping them charged. The benefits are many....the only detriment is the cost!

I have 2 GPL-4C golf cart batteries in my CCD and just ran them for 5 days of dry camping...lights, 2 fans, refer, all on DC. They were at 75% after all of this and were still running everything when I finally 'plugged in'. I use no other type of battery in any of my vehicles.
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A couple of questions on batteries;

After toasting a pair of batteries a few years ago, I have learned to maintain them regularly.
· I check the fluid level once/month and top off if needed with DW. There always seems to be a little “sweat” on top of the batteries. Sometimes it even dribbles out the front of the battery compartment causing a little corrosion. Am I over-filling? Batteries are not “boiling.” I still have original uni-volt.
· If I am not running the fridge (plug it in a few days before a trip) I unplug the shore power and run off the batteries (just a few lights if we happen to go inside). I do this as I understand the uni-volt is not the best charger and don’t want to boil the batteries. Is this good practice?
· Is it worth switching over to AGM’s if I still have the uni-volt? Or is that a waste of expensive batteries?

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Hi Lew et al,

I just spoke with Batteries Plus about the Lifeline GPL-4. The cost for ONE of those batteries is over $400.00! Yikes. Two at $800.00 plus shipping would cost me a trip out in the AS.

On top of that, they mentioned that the life expectancy of those batteries if well maintained would still be about 5-6 years.

I was interested in these until I heard that.

A single Interstate SRM-24 batery is less than $80.00, if you return an old battery. I've had my original Interstates for four years. So the decision to spend $160.00 every three years (at worst) verses $800.00 every six years (at best), I would still be spending only $320.00 verses $800.00.

Was the sales guy I talked with completely off the mark????

Still wonder and still love your advice.

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Hi Lew et al,

I just spoke with Batteries Plus about the Lifeline GPL-4. The cost for ONE of those batteries is over $400.00! Yikes. Two at $800.00 plus shipping would cost me a trip out in the AS.

On top of that, they mentioned that the life expectancy of those batteries if well maintained would still be about 5-6 years.

I was interested in these until I heard that.

A single Interstate SRM-24 batery is less than $80.00, if you return an old battery. I've had my original Interstates for four years. So the decision to spend $160.00 every three years (at worst) verses $800.00 every six years (at best), I would still be spending only $320.00 verses $800.00.



Was the sales guy I talked with completely off the mark????

Still wonder and still love your advice.

Best wishes.

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Jonathan,

I think this guy is yanking your chain! Yes, the Lifelines are exensive but I don't recall the GPL-4GC 6volt batteries costing anywhere near $400 each!

I'll check with my supplier and get you the current MSRP for those, or any other size you would like.
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