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Old 07-14-2012, 02:09 PM   #29
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Going down the road, with the confidence that all your essentials will function on battery power is a wonderful thing.
Perfect, you said it all in one sentence!

With technology going the way it has, RVs have become way to complicated for the average retired RVers IMHO. Seems to me it causes many of them more grief and money than any benefit they get.

Just one small example is a Progessive Dynamics converter/ charger. Probably the best on the planet - $150. Instead a mfg will put in a $2000 inverter/charger so you can run your TV, VCR, DVD which you believe needs 115v. Almost all of these run on 12v and use a WART to convert your inverted 115v back into !2v. Now how dumb is that?

Yes not all mfgs build these multi-voltage alliances, but they do exist and are high quality. So why don't RV mfgs use them?

It really makes me wonder if the RV mfg industry is really that stupid, or use smoke, mirrors and useless gadgets to entice newbies to pay more because we offer all these convieniences?
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:50 AM   #30
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Batteries are constructed for different applications and durability... the AGM sealed maintenance free battery is a good design, with quality U.S. manufacturers such as DEKA, Lifeline Batteries, Optima, to name a few. If you are a "do it yourselfer" then the wet cell lead acid batteries may be a good choice... quality and warranties vary based on construction design of the battery, options are U.S. Battery, Trojan, Royal Battery, Johnson Control, Rolls-Surrette, to name a few in this category.

Gel batteries differ in their charging characteristics from the other two designs already mentioned, this requires having a charger that can properly function with the Gel battery... all in all it would be a better option to choose either an AGM or Flooded lead acid based on your upkeep.

May your choice be a blessing to you.
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