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Old 09-17-2017, 11:33 PM   #1
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New Batteries Time

I'm doing my shopping for (6) new Coach batteries with the my choices currently at Lifeline, Trojan, and Interstate. The batteries are AGM group 31 12v deep cycle and the MH is '13 WGO Journey 42e. Factory install is Napa Brand of same spec, possibly made by East Penn.
We will be purchasing the batteries in Oregon so I am asking for dealer recommendations and input/comment on the chosen batteries and other brand possibilities.
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I'm a bit confused. Are you looking for recommendations for house batteries or chassis batteries?
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We are panning on getting 4 from sams Club, duracelldeep cycle AGM $179 each...
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My house batteries need to be replaced on my 2012 Tour. All six tested bad.

The batteries are the originals.

The batteries have a NAPA number - 9831DT. They are AGMs each having 800 CCA.

The NAPA online price shows them at $221.39 with the exchange. Is there anything better at a better price?

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NBP9831DT
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I know Sams has Group 31 12v AGM Deep Cycle/Marine for $179. I don;t know other specs.
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Trojan and Lifeline (Concorde) are battery manufacturers. Interstate is not - just a private label battery that is widely distributed.

I would shop for the battery by its type (AGM 12v deep cycle), size (Group 31) & AH capacity and buy the one with the best price. Except for Trojan and Lifeline, they all come from one of the Big Four US major battery manufacturers and batteries of the same type, size and capacity are going to be essentially identical. I'm a fan of Trojan and Lifeline brands, but would not pay a huge price premium to get them instead of one of the others.
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When I was shopping for house batts I ended up at batteries plus for 6v golf cart batteries.
A pair of these provide plenty for our needs. 4 would be even better.
With the online coupon they were $90 each.
https://www.batteriesplus.com/productdetails/sligc110
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Well, I have yet to see a motorhome that takes 6 chassis batteries
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Hi Nova, I have the same house battery installed by WGO and I did check with Napa. They had a decent price but at the time their closest warehouse with 6 on hand was in Kentucky. Shipping costs to Oregon were quite prohibitive.
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So the Duracell version at Sams Club we see here at $179ea could be the same or very close to the Interstate version of the same battery?
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I've used a lot of Sams Club battys and had very good luck.
I've used East Penn 8D AGMs in a boat and also had good luck.

Strongly suggest going w/ 6V GC2s as your best buy $/A Hr

Sams Club has FLA GC2s for about $85 ea and
AGM GC2s for about $180 Duracell is made by East Penn and a quality Made in USA Mfg of deep cycle batty - IMHO

You can't go wrong w/ either of the above...choice depends on budget & value of convenience

If there is an East Penn Whse near you you might inquire about buying direct from them - I bought my 8Ds from their PA whse price would have been worth the drive to pick up but they delivered to a friends truck shop I deal w/ as they go by his shop every week.
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You'll find the 6V golf cart style batteries will last much longer than the 12v deep cycle batteries. My last set of Trojan T-105 6v batteries lasted 10 years.

The conversion is pretty easy. Just set the 6v batteries up in pairs wired in series to make a 12v battery and then in parallel with each set of two. You can make the short cable that goes between pairs, or purchase them on Amazon.


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I've had great service from our Lifeline's. So no negative comments on them! For Lifeline's, give Tom at Trans-Specialist a shot at them. If you make arrangements for Oregon delivery, I'd suspect no sales tax.

Trans-Specialist - Your Source for Lifeline Batteries

I do not have any input on batteries suppliers in Oregon.

If you do not go with he Lifeline's. Suggest you also research Full Rivers. Positive posts in the boating community, and I know several RV'er's that have been trying these out.

Fullriver Battery - Maintenance Free AGM Batteries

Trojans to me, are the Lifeline's of Wet Cells as far as batteries go. I've no first hand knowledge on Trojan AGM's, and also have no one I know of that have installed them. That being said, I'd take the Trojan reputation (And hope it's superior build processes carried over to the AGM's.) over a generic name AGM.

My last comment, is that I look at having better quality batteries as a safety edge. We look to our RV as our 'Emergency Preparedness' item. (Earthquake and fire risk zone of Southern California.) So I do my research, and pay a bit more then possibly someone who does occasional boon docking while traveling. It's worth the extra money up front to me, to maximize our capabilities. Not just with batteries, but our solar panel system, and other's too.

Best of luck to you on your decision!!
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18 months ago, I replaced the six 220 amp wet cell US batteries with six 300 amp 6CT Lifeline batteries. I paid under $260 each and couldn't be happier. I roll them out every three months, look at them and roll them back in. No more water or corrosion and nothing to clean up.
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