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Old 09-23-2012, 05:38 PM   #1
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Battery for 94 Fleetwood Southwind

I've got all of the manuals, operators guide etc
There is no mention of which battery to replace
The existing battery is a marine battery with 720 cold cranking amps, just no idea if this is correct,
The engine is the 230 hp Cummings diesel, thanks
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Starting battery or house battery? Either way, look at the label and it should have a 'Group Size' number. Match that and the Voltage (12v or 6v, most likely 12v) and you'll be good.
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If your looking to replace the, engine start battery, and it is a single battery set up , Dodge P/Us of your vintage used a 1050 Cold Cranking Amp battery. If there is a 720amp marine battery in there , then some one just dropped in what they had laying around to get it going.
If this battery is for the house/coach 12v systems, you want to get a Deep Cycle battery not a marine. Marine batteries are designed to stand the pounding that being bolted down in a boat hull gives them, and at 720 amp to start a small boat motor, not your diesel.
Measure up the battery tray, length, width and height, go to a battery/auotmotive supply, and get the Most CCA for the start battery that will fit,if your looking for the deep cycle ; coach battery; the same applies. Bigger is better.
Deep Cycle batteries will tolerate being run down,re-charged, more often than the other types.
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Sorry, 93 was the last year Dodge / Cummins used a single battery to start, in 94 they went to a dual battery set up.
Can't trust anything to memory anymore.
If the battery listed for a 93 Dodge P/U with Cummins will fit, for your start battery , that's the one to get.
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Starting battery, but the house batteries are original and could stand replacing I am certain. The wiring on top of the house batteries looked pretty elaborate, thanks for the information on the start battery, I thought 720 to be undersized for CCA's - I will pull the start battery and take some pics with my phone of the 2-house batteries and replace all 3 at the same time, I appreciate the help

BTW - I've read a few post about the 230 hp Cummings and just wanted to express my thoughts. The engine along with the Allison 6-speed tranny work marvelous on this particular coach, the weight is under 20k loaded and it performs on the interstate without a problem, moves up hills great and we don't have many mountains around here. The engine has 39k original miles on it, and although newbies we are having a blast !!!
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Get out , and continue to enjoy your rig, at 230hp the Cummins 5.9 was 99.9% reliable. Moving only 20k down the road I'd say look to trade it off at about 400,000 miles . Safe Travels
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