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Old 03-23-2013, 09:17 PM   #1
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We just purchased a new to us 1999 Rexhall Vision. PO told us he put in a brand new battery (the one in the engine compartment). We brought the unit home last Thursday. Today we go to move it, and the battery is deader than a doornail. Opened up the engine compartment and had a closer look at this 'new' battery. It sez "Everlast Marine" - huh? A marine battery? It has dual posts. The black connector is a standard automotive battery connection on the standard post terminal. The red connector is hooked up with the type you would find on a marine battery - double eyelets on the smaller of the two terminals. HUH?? This just doesn't seem right. Of course there is no paperwork at all with the unit, being used and 14 years old. Ford F550 Chassis with V10 motor.
Should we be replacing this battery with a standard automotive battery?
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The battery should be fine - mine is similar. As long as the battery is functioning properly. As to it's age there is usually a date sticker on a battery.

To get you going do you have a boost switch - a switch that connects the house and chassis batteries together, for use in such a situation.

You may have something turned on that you don't realize that drained the battery. In example, I have a switch on the dash that turns on a under-hood light. During the day you cannot see the light is on. If inadvertently left on it will drain the chassis battery.
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We just purchased a new to us 1999 Rexhall Vision. PO told us he put in a brand new battery (the one in the engine compartment). We brought the unit home last Thursday. Today we go to move it, and the battery is deader than a doornail. Opened up the engine compartment and had a closer look at this 'new' battery. It sez "Everlast Marine" - huh? A marine battery? It has dual posts. The black connector is a standard automotive battery connection on the standard post terminal. The red connector is hooked up with the type you would find on a marine battery - double eyelets on the smaller of the two terminals. HUH?? This just doesn't seem right. Of course there is no paperwork at all with the unit, being used and 14 years old. Ford F550 Chassis with V10 motor.
Should we be replacing this battery with a standard automotive battery?
A marine battery is much higher quality than automotive counterparts.

Our first RV was a Rexhall Vision
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The battery should be fine - mine is similar. As long as the battery is functioning properly. As to it's age there is usually a date sticker on a battery.

To get you going do you have a boost switch - a switch that connects the house and chassis batteries together, for use in such a situation.

You may have something turned on that you don't realize that drained the battery. In example, I have a switch on the dash that turns on a under-hood light. During the day you cannot see the light is on. If inadvertently left on it will drain the chassis battery.
Well. That would explain what that other switch on the dash is for!!
We have three toggles on the right side of the dash. The first one, we haven't identified, the second is for the reading lights on either side of the cab (kind of like map lights) and the third is for the generator. I know that first one was left in the 'on' position for a few days.
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A marine battery is much higher quality than automotive counterparts.

Our first RV was a Rexhall Vision
I absolutely love the layout of this rig. It proves you can get a walk around bed in the back in under 26 feet and a good size bathroom as well. I don't know why there is such a penchant to stuffing the bed in the corner on most of the shorter C class units we looked at.
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The battery should be fine - mine is similar. As long as the battery is functioning properly. As to it's age there is usually a date sticker on a battery.

To get you going do you have a boost switch - a switch that connects the house and chassis batteries together, for use in such a situation.

You may have something turned on that you don't realize that drained the battery. In example, I have a switch on the dash that turns on a under-hood light. During the day you cannot see the light is on. If inadvertently left on it will drain the chassis battery.
Where might we find a boost switch?
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