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Old 11-29-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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We are going to need new house batteries next year. My guru has suggested one brand but I'm curious as to what everyone else uses, why and about what you are paying for each battery. In particular I am looking for 6V wet cells.

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Ditto! We will be looking for 4-6 volts. Any input would be awesome!
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Trojan 105's have given me good service, so I continue to buy them when needed. Last set of four lasted about eight years. Usually pay about $125-140 each if I recall.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:12 PM   #4
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New batteries

I just replaced my old batteries with four Trojan T105 batteries.
My decision was based on the positive owner reviews.
They cost me $123.50 each. I also ordered the filling system.
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X2 on the water filling system. Makes it easy to do the maintenance, so ensures it gets done.
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I just bought 8 new Trojan T-105's. Took a serious look at AGM's but couldn't justify spending 2.5X the $$. My compartment is well ventilated and accessible with the sliding tray.
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Sams and some Costcos have good 6 V deep cycle batteries for about $83 with exchange. I haven't tried them as we need 8D's rather then GC-2's, but I may convert when we need new ones.
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if you are looking at the T105's consider the T145 (or even the T125 which are in between) which are a bit taller but have more capacity...You will have to decide if the capacity/cost/size tradeoffs are worth it for you.
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We've had excellent service with our Interstate GC-2 6v batteries purchased at Costco. Also use the Pro-Fill water system for our batteries, works great, highly recommend the system.

Good luck with your choice of batteries & safe travels...
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Four Interstate 6-volt AGM batteries went in last year. The additional cost was well worth it for no maintenance and no corrosive fumes in the battery compartment. Just be sure your charger has an AGM setting. They charge slightly differently than a regular battery.


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I'm not happy with the performance of our six wet cell batteries. They are only three years old, but have never lasted like I felt they should before recharging is needed. We dry camp some and are all electric. I am ordering six 300 amp Lifeline batteries this week which will jump the amperage from 648 up to 900 and no more maintenance. They aren't cheap, but neither was our motor home.
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Costco 6V Golf Cart batteries replaced my 12v 8D Batteries in 2004.

Two Costco batteries cost about 1/2 for the same 220 amp hours of storage as the one 8D battery. Each GC battery is also 1/2 the weight of the 8D.

Both are wet cell deep storage batteries ideally suited for the house battery of a motorhome.

Life of any battery depends on the amount of use and the degree of care impacting the capability of the battery.......

The same battery with different users could have a significantly varied life span.
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I'm not happy with the performance of our six wet cell batteries. They are only three years old, but have never lasted like I felt they should before recharging is needed. We dry camp some and are all electric. I am ordering six 300 amp Lifeline batteries this week which will jump the amperage from 648 up to 900 and no more maintenance. They aren't cheap, but neither was our motor home.
Nice move. I looked at the GPL6's to replace my 6 GC-2's, but I don't have the head clearance on my sliding tray to accommodate them, and no way to increase it. I am rebuilding my tray now to upgrade to 8 6V. I am taking it to get it powder coated this week and hope to have it back together by the weekend. I connected 2 of the New T-105's to run the 12V temporarily.
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In our Bounder, without having to take over another bay, we only had the footprint room for X's 2 Golf Cart batteries. I had just enough head room to get the T125's in, with watering system. As mentioned, they give you a bit more capacity reserves. And I was lucky, as the shop I bought them from quoted me the wrong price before I dove a few hours to pick them up, stand up guy that I had talked with, confirmed he had quoted me the wrong price. I offered to meet them in the middle between the quoted price and the actual price, and they refused - said they would honor the price they had quoted me. (About $8 more each, over the best price I had found on T105's. I had business in that area anyways, so the costs of time and fuel to go get them was not an issue.)

I added the Battery Tender to charge these while in storage, and they drank very little water over the years I had them, and always treated me well.

The gent I sold the coach to, did not have power where he stored it, and within 1 1/2 he had two dead T125's. If properly maintained and charged, they should have lasted him another 2-3 years, or more...

Worth checking to see if the T125/145 will fit!

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