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Old 08-11-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Finally got "Bessie" home with only one minor mishap

Our first motorhome, a 2001 Airstream Landyacht XC360, is finally parked on her pad here at home. Being a brand new neophyte rv owner she suffered a minor boo-boo on the ride home...i brushed a tree branch on a very tight little town road in RI and ripped the patio light clean off. No noticeable scratches in her shiney full-body paint just so grateful that was the extent of her ordeal...however...ironically enough my wife got a flat on her civic to a brand new tire (we just put a new set on a month ago) when she tried to retrieve the missing $10 patio light cover So i had to turn Bessie around and put the donut on for her.

All in all a successful trip. Stopped for the first time to top of the 90 gallon tank to pay cheap Massachusetts prices and was surprised how long it took to pump 40 gallons. Anyway, i have a desperate need for advice on where to buy replacement deep cycle house batteries. The current batteries are useless. She needs new tires also. But the batteries...what's the best value in a group 31 deep cycle. What's the highest amp-hour rating one can expect from a 12v group 31?

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For the batteries try Battery Plus.
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #3
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Almost anywhere but a dealer. But, Costco has pretty good prices.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:43 PM   #4
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Maybe this site will help you for battery info. I changed mine from 12v to 6v they last longer. There is several sites on battery info. bought my 6v at Sams.

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if you can make the room, go to a pair of 6 volts, or even 4 if you can make em fit. trojans are the best, get em at your local golf cart store. interstates are decent. the costco ones ain't bad for the price.
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us battery has good batterys, thats what club car uses now
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Buy those 6 volt batteries at Sam's. Excellent.....
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Buy those 6 volt batteries at Sam's. Excellent.....
+1 on that. That's where we bought ours.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:53 PM   #9
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Thank you lots for the Sams club suggestions, folks...i decided to get the "duracel" 31dtmagm batteries for $162 a piece. they're 12 volt with 105 amphr rating, plus'...they're AGM!!! after dealing with the mess in my battery compartment from all the acid outgassing from those old, neglected batteries i couldn't pass these up! No more checking electrolyte levels for me! It's good to have power again
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Group 31 are 130 amp hour each, total 260 amp hour

CG-2 Six Volt Golf car batteries are around 230 amp hour now days, Are way cheaper and when wired 2 in series are 12 volt at 230 amp hour, They are, however, flooded wet cells (you need to add DISTILLED water from time to time) get them at Sam's Club.

If you have room (and you just might) go with 2 pair. for double the amp hours. Same as you have 2 G-31's now.

HINT when dealing with six volt golf car batteries.

Think of each pair as a SINGLE 12 volt 230 amp hour battery Treat them as such. This answers many questions.

How do I charge them, Same as an 8-D 12 volt

Can I swap out just one (Would you swap out half a 12 volt? Of course not)
Do they have to be the same (Size/Age/Chemistry/Brand/and so on) Would you want a half-and-half 12 volt? Of course they have to be the same.

Of course when you are dealing with 2 pair, the above applies to each pair, exclusive of the other pair.

Think {Bat}t{ery} and you have it .
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:02 PM   #11
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Hello everyone, Not sure if this is the right place to post this question. I am thinking about buying a 1993 Beaver motorhome a friend of my has, his father-in-law lived in for about two years before passing on. It only has 54000 miles on it the motor sound good, haven't drove it yet we are going to this weekend. Do you think this will be a good deal or should we pass on it? Any ideal?
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