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Old 05-17-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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I'm on my second set of bad group 31 workaholic 12 volts and some one posted there was a problem with these particular batteries, but when contacting an interstate dealer they said they were not aware of any problem. Replacing them with a group 29 is probly the solution but is there any specifics so I can explain to the dealer!
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:53 PM   #2
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I'm on my second set of bad group 31 workaholic 12 volts and some one posted there was a problem with these particular batteries, but when contacting an interstate dealer they said they were not aware of any problem. Replacing them with a group 29 is probly the solution but is there any specifics so I can explain to the dealer!
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Old 05-17-2006, 03:12 PM   #3
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I just went thru this with the group 31 batteries. Call interstate (not a dealer) at 888-772-3600. I dealt with Gary, he arranged for new (free) batteries for me at a dealer of my choosing. The batteries were waiting for me when I arrived. I replaced them myself. There was no paperwork involved. They will replace the group 31's with an equal amount of group 29's.

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Are the 31's a 12 volt only battery?
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:11 PM   #5
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Measure and see. You might have enough space to put 4 6volts in the place of the two Grp. 31. I did. It made an incredible difference.
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:47 AM   #6
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shastaron, welcome to irv2
Thanks for your post and post often. When you have some time post in your signature profile yor coach and chassis info it will help everyone. '007"
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Are the 31's a 12 volt only battery? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes. Group 31 refers to the casing size and a 31 is designed to handle 6 cells for 12.6 volts. Groups 24, 27 and 29 are also 12V battery case sizes.

A 6V golf cart battery is a different size and shape case, known as a GC1. A larger 6V is the L16 case, which is a 350 amp-hour battery (vs 220 for a GC1).
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OK---Timing is everything. I just installed two new starting batteries and of course they are group 31 Interstate. Can anyone tell me what the problem has been with these battries? Thanks---
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Ben - consider dumping them in favor of Lifeline AGM batteries. They are expensive but in my opinion well worth it. I have had them for several months and I never have to worry about them - never a need to check water and no gassing issues.

Here is a nice overview of battery types.
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Hello John! Its a thought for sure but do I need to change anything else because of the AMG's (charge controller, charge rate, etc.)ANy help would be great.
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Ben - your Dimensions inverter/charger has a switch package on top of the unit that is accessed by a small case cut-out (what great engineering to put it on the top where you need a mirror to see the switch settings ..) You can option it for sealed or flooded batteries and for the amp-hour capacity of the battery bank (probably sets the maximum charge rate.)
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Why would a group 29 be better than a 31? My coach has 3 Interstate group 31 wired parallel. It would take 6 gulf cart batteries to replace them with no room. Is there a problem with Interstate 31s and not 29s?

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I just called the 1-800 # yesterday and took my group 31 batteries to a Interstate Dealer and they replaced them with the group 29. They said that the group 29 are a much better battery. I am going dry camping this weekend and will find out.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by John_Canfield:
Ben - consider dumping them in favor of Lifeline AGM batteries. They are expensive but in my opinion well worth it.
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I agree with John, we are getting ready for another hurricane season. I just ordered three AGM Lifeline for coach batteries.

Will do chassis soon I guess.

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