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Old 05-21-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Replacement Batteries for TV

What brand of batteries have you had luck using in your diesel TV?

My OEM's are over 5 years old now and I know I'm on borrowed time with them.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:35 AM   #2
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I have had pretty good luck with Sam's club batteries. I had a pair in my old F-350 and several times I had to crank and crank and crank on them and another time I left the dome light on for a long time and the batteries came back to life after at least 2 weeks of being dead. Most batteries don't tolerate being run down and kept that way. They had 5 years on them when I sold the truck.

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Old 05-21-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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I've had good luck with the batteries sold at Advance Auto Parts.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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I replaced my original batteries when they were about 5 years old with Motorcraft batteries from a Ford dealer. I was on vacation and the dealer was convenient - the prices weren't bad. Since then, I've replaced them because one failed (batteries were 3 years old). The local Ford dealer adjusted the price for the time and gave me two new batteries although only one went bad - I guess so they would both be the same strength/age. The next batteries for my F250 will be either Sams Club or Walmart. Those stores are everywhere in case I need warranty replacement and I believe there isn't a lot of quality difference out there. There are only a handful of battery manufacturers and they rebadge their products for different retailers. I have used Sams Club batteries in my boat for the past 5 years flawlessly. I had Walmart batteries in my old trailer and they went years without trouble before I sold the trailer.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:53 AM   #5
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Just go over to SEARS and get the DieHard Platinum II. They are state-of-the-art re-badged VRLA Odyssey batteries built mil-spec.

This is, literally, the end of this discussion.

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Old 05-27-2012, 02:59 PM   #6
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Just go over to SEARS and get the DieHard Platinum II. They are state-of-the-art re-badged VRLA Odyssey batteries built mil-spec.

This is, literally, the end of this discussion.

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You quack me up! That's a pretty strong recommendation.
I'm heading to Sears later this week to turn in a 'lifetime 'shovel that just died and will need to be replaced too.
While I'm there, I'll have to check out their Platinum Batteries.
Thanks!
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:08 PM   #7
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In Canada we have Motomaster Eliminator's which are from Canadian Tire. Good batteries, long warranties... They are re-badged Space Shuttle batteries built to NASA spec.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:23 PM   #8
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Just go over to SEARS and get the DieHard Platinum II. They are state-of-the-art re-badged VRLA Odyssey batteries built mil-spec.

This is, literally, the end of this discussion.

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Rednax,
I finally pulled the trigger and purchased 2 of those batteries for my TV yesterday. Anyhow, they fit great. These batteries seemed to be a little heavier compared to the old ones I took out. That's a good thing>
Saved $40 dollars by getting them around Labor Day with their on line coupon too!
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There are only a few battery manufacturers, it's the manufacturer, not the brand that's important.

I buy only Johnson Controls Batteries, they are supposed to be the best, I don't even look at the brand.

I second the Walmart recomendation, if they say Johnson Controls on the sticker (not the brand). The stores are convenient when you have a break down. Last battery I replaced happened in the Walmart parking lot, luckily they sell tools too.

Battery maintenance on a vehicle is important. My 06 Mustang, 05 Tundra, and my Wife's 07 Pontiac all have the factory Battery. I use a Battery minder when parked for an extended priod of time, don't leave lights on, and let the vehcle run when using any battery power. for example, I never operate the trailer's power jack with the trailer pluged in to the truck unless the truck is running. I also keep a battery minder on the trailer when not in use so that the trailer battery is at full power when I'm towing and the truck is not charging the trailer.
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