Originally Posted by cbeierl
Having posted the above I've now just had to replace the original chassis batteries at 11.5 years. Since they stood up so well I replaced them with 2 new Freightliner Alliance batteries:
EPM-AE1231MF 1125CCA-STUD GRP31 (List $167.88) Price $114.65ea
from my local Freightliner dealer.
I took that same philosophy with my set of House batteries but the second set wasn't built as well as the first. Personally it's a crap-shoot as to how well a battery will perform. Plus there are less than a handful of battery manufacturers in the US who make ALL of the batteries sold across the country.
Car and Deep Cycle Battery FAQ 2016
Then click on the "Lead-Acid Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List 2016" Link.
Some of this is a repeat of a previous posting.
I had one set of Interstates (original) that lasted until Jan 2008, almost 7 years. Two of the four started to bulge, require lots of water and off-gassing in August 2012. I replaced all four again with Sam's Club Golf Cart GC-2 Batteries that are still going strong with no adverse effects. We'll see how long this set of House batteries will last. I purchased them in the Fairbanks store where I was visiting with family for the summer.
My Interstate 8D Chassis Battery was 11 years old back in the same summer of 2012 and still going strong when I decided it was prudent to replace it before leaving Alaska as I did not want to get caught someplace in the wilderness on a lonely road with a failed battery. Sam's Club in Fairbanks had them for a very reasonable price and no sales tax. So I had them install a perfectly good working Chassis battery in September before heading back to the lower 48.
The Sam's Club batteries that I had purchased are Energizer's made by Delphi.
I've been very happy with all of these batteries and would not hesitate to purchase them again.
Dr4Film ----- Richard