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Old 02-21-2016, 04:41 PM   #15
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Our Airstream has some original wiring in it, but the Univolt was replaced with a brand new breaker box, converter and inverter. We've also installed some of our solar equipment and have everything except the panels. Wasn't planning to run any of that on anything except a sealed battery such as AGM (or Lithium if ever becomes affordable.) We decided early on that sealed batteries were a better option for our needs and tried to choose everything else accordingly.

The other battery did get us by for a bit, including a 3-week trip in an empty trailer to take care of some family matters. When we bought it, there weren't any batteries we found at the store labeled specificly AGM. Not a lot of batteries to choose from there either. Being forgotten in the vehicle and falling over was an unfortunate fluke, but now we know where not to buy a battery for the AS. One of the good things about big cities is the battery specialist just down the road.

We're traveling with a few animals so ripping out the carpet from the second row to the back lift gate is probably a good idea anyway. Utility flooring will be much easier to keep clean, and there certainly won't be any crying over it. (The old girl is a 1999. Not like we're destroying any value.)

Thank you for the advice and tolerance while we whined!

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Old 02-22-2016, 10:34 AM   #16
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For anyone who participated in this thread, or those who may find it later, it might help if we clear up why we were displeased with the labeling on our leaky battery.

Karl spent more than 20 yrs. in the Navy Seabees and had plenty of experiences cracking open standard, non-sealed batteries to replenish depleted fluids while in the field. Having to do so just doesn't meet his standard of "maintenance free". It's another reason he planned to switch to sealed batteries. He felt some of his AS experiences didn't need remind him too much of his military ones. After all his research on batteries, it was rather galling to find he made a rookie mistake and was tripped up by "maintenance free." And it seems the design of those batteries and how fluids are added has changed since he left the Navy almost 8 yrs. ago.

Mr. Leaky was a big box purchase with a minimum of information on the labels, & certainly nothing about refills or long-term care. It might be embossed on the 2 lids integrated in the battery top. Our middle-age eyes are reaching the point where spelling things out in black and white just works better for us. (Rather than black on black). The adage "you get what you pay for" unfortunately rings true here. We were reeling a bit from the prices of some AGM batteries we looked at. The big box battery is not a bad product as long as the consumer knows exactly what they're purchasing, and for the use we did get out of it, mostly got our money's worth. (After core-charge deduction)

Karl's wife, Kristal

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