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Old 01-01-2011, 10:06 AM   #1
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6V House battery HD or REG

I have been looking at 6V house batteries and Interstate Golf Cart Battery is mostly sold in my area. The GC-2 at 208AH and GC-2XHD 232AH is what I am looking at. The GC-2XHD is $40 more each and I was wondering if the extra $80 was worth getting them. I always stay at campgrounds connected to electric. Ruffing it to us is not having a sewer connection. Also, would the XHD battery last longer?
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:17 AM   #2
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I have been looking at 6V house batteries and Interstate Golf Cart Battery is mostly sold in my area. The GC-2 at 208AH and GC-2XHD 232AH is what I am looking at. The GC-2XHD is $40 more each and I was wondering if the extra $80 was worth getting them. I always stay at campgrounds connected to electric. Ruffing it to us is not having a sewer connection. Also, would the XHD battery last longer?
Paul & Sue, Consider if you will the T-105 (Plus) Trojan 6V golf cart battery! That's what I would go with with.

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Hi Paul and Sue,
Regardless what battery(s) you purchase, get what allows you to sleep at night. Based on the info in the OP, consider the standard battery with less capacity. That being said, one needs to understand how you'll be using the coach over the life of the battery(s). Trips through the desert in the summer or camping in the cold winter? These extremes do affect how well the batteries will support the 12 VDC (ex. refrigerator) appliances as one motors down the road. These batteries also need to be able to start the generator. One also needs these batteries for times when the chassis batteries will not start the engine.

You know your coach and plans. You know what you should do to feel comfortable and safe.
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Look at the warranty and compare that to the cost.

Dismiss the zealotry about brand names and such - look at getting batteries from a retailer who stands behind what he sells and sells a lot to folks like you.

To get best life from your battery, take a look at your charging and maintaining equipment. For mostly on-grid RVing, you need a converter that knows about battery maintenance and sulfation inhibition like the IntelliPower with ChargeWizard or WFCO converters.
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For what your usage is and still getting a good batteries you might want to look at the golf cart batteries at Sam's Club.
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I bought Costco Golf Cart batteries with 225 amp hours for about $80 each. Sam's club will have similar batteries.

I sleep well at night and do boondock on occasion.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:06 PM   #7
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My friend has a Alfa and the batteries are buried. He bought his at Sam's and since he was changing them all, Sam's installed them no extra charge. Even cleaned the trays. If you have an Alfa Gold you know what I mean.
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To answer your question, if you most always camp with hooks-ups, you don't need the extra capacity (amp-hours) in the HD. Save the 2 x $40 to pay for a campsite and go enjoy yourself.

I also like Trojan batteries, but the Interstate golf cart (GC2) battery is also fine.
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Always buy Exide or any brand thats newly manufactured, many lower cost batteries are remanufactured and the cases tend to leak, especially around the battery posts, which causes terminal corrosion.

Another problem is, as someone who used to work in a reman plant told me, is that the reman batteries tend to be put into shorter cases (plastic case the actual battery is installed in) which results in shorter life when lead sulphate (I think thats what it is) piles up in the bottom and shorts the plates out.
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I would agree wih what some have said: For the camping you do, the GC-2's would be fine, as well as the cheaper Costco/Sams club batteries..
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Paul and Sue, I have the same coach as you and camp like you do. I went with the Trojan T-105s like DriVer said. I have owned 4 Club Car golf cars and they use only Trojan batts. If you research golf car batts, Trojan is the way to go. They will be a little more than others are. Our converter is not very intelligent, use your batt. disconnect switch's. Our frig is 110V and Gas, no 12V.
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