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Old 12-14-2018, 04:38 PM   #15
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Batteries can be killed and die an early death... dealers when new and in for service are prime culprits.

If you have GC2 sized wet cells and want to stay that route - Costco has interstate GC2 for about $85:each. I'm running six of them for nearly two years. We dry camp quite a bit.
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Seem wrong to use starting batteries for the house rather than deep cycle--different types of batteries for different tasks!

The service manager is from a very high volume Winnebago dealer and I have known him for 10 years I trust his opinion a lot more than some poster on the internet I do not know or trust
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The service manager is from a very high volume Winnebago dealer and I have known him for 10 years I trust his opinion a lot more than some poster on the internet I do not know or trust
A service manager is a salesman, not an expert.

Trust, but verify !
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Seem wrong to use starting batteries for the house rather than deep cycle--different types of batteries for different tasks!

He got what he paid for, i.e. probably the going rate for parts and labor but I think whether intentional or through ignorance he was deceived. Separate from what he may have been told the manufacturer data sheet for this brand and model shows it's a starved electrolyte starting battery. As such it doesn't have cycle life/DOD data and I would predict that if these are cycled to any useful degree of discharge the cycle life will be less than 100 and if deeply discharged probably less than 50. He owns 'em now, might as well use them up. In light service (mostly shore power) I give these two seasons tops. Long enough to find a reputable place to buy the next battery bank from.


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Old 12-15-2018, 07:16 AM   #19
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The service manager is from a very high volume Winnebago dealer and I have known him for 10 years I trust his opinion a lot more than some poster on the internet I do not know or trust
I agree. Don’t believe the guy on the Internet forum, but look them up for yourself.

When I looked up “Deka Model 1131 MF” I found them to be “heavy duty commercial starting batteries” and saw them available at many places for around $110 each.
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Those Deka batteries are what I have used as chassis batteries (engine starting) as well, they are not a deep cycle battery. They are excellent starting batteries. I got nine years out of my first set of two, and have four years on the second set and they are still going strong. I replaced the first set [$247 for two in March 2015] only because I went on a cross country trip and did so as a preventive maintenance item.

I used 3 Trojan SCS 225 deep cycle units for the house batteries. They cost me $555 for all three in May 2018. The Trojans perform much better the the prior batteries did [due to their much higher amp hour capacity] when we are dry camping without hookups at various races. We primarily wanted the higher amp hours as we installed a residential refrigerator and got rid of the Norcold refrigerator that would never stay cold. My first set of house batteries lasted six years (Interstate), but the Sears Diehard Deep Cycle [Grp 31's] had two out of the set of three go bad after only 3.5 years. So far the Trojans have served us well.

Post back and let us know in the future on how well those Deka batteries perform when used as house batteries.
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:12 PM   #21
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Sams AGMs

Sams club has the best price on Group 31 AGM by Duracell, East Penn. I put 6 in my 2012 Journey 36M earlier this year. It was worth buying the Sams club membership to buy the batteries.
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Thanks for the info on replacement batterie at Sams Club. Finally pulled the trigger and bought 6 Duracell replacement for the Napa 9831DT. Sale price had already expired but still much less than Napa. Installed them yesterday and everything back to normal.
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I'd highly recommend reading through this link if you are thinking about using any starting batty for house battys.
https://marinehowto.com/what-is-a-deep-cycle-battery/
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