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Old 12-08-2012, 09:05 PM   #15
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I test them with volt meter and load tester but I can't get to the water in my chassis battery.
Ya. Chassis batts are normally sealed. Same for mine. You are good with what you are using.
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Probably the best test is in the morning when it's -10* but nah, I ai'nt playing motorhome at -10 degrees.
I remember those days only too well. Grew up in Minnesnowta.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:45 PM   #17
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FWIW The Interstate Group31-LHD (Workaholic) battery is not sealed, panel on top lifts for access to check electrolyte...It's under the label.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:57 PM   #18
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My last chassis batteries lasted 7 years. Replaced them both for less then 200.00 from Freightliner. Sealed batteries. The old ones were also freightliners.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:30 PM   #19
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at the first sign of weakness i will charge the battery overnight and then load test it in the morning. marginal or worse, out it goes. if it shows nice and strong, time to test the connections and charging voltage.
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My 2010 chassis Batteries only made it 2 years. I was not very happy, I hope I get more time out of the new batteries I just installed.
I've paid big bucks for the named brand batteries and got very little time out of them. Now I buy the cheapest battery I can find. And they've lasted longer than any Interstate or diehard battery I've bought.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:47 AM   #21
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Properly maintained, Not run down too far, There is no reason that a starting battery can not last 8,9,10 or more years. In fact many do. I have even seen die-easy's that were 9 years old (But then I was hooking jumper cables to it)

If you have the built in jump start feature (AUX start or Emergency Start is usually what the button says) Replace the battery when it dies, Use the button (Hold it for like 15 to 30 seconds then start while holding and hold for 15-30 seconds post start) to take care of the inevetable..


Thanks to some idiot using the wrong metal.. I have to clean terminals on my side terminal battery every few years.. When that happens. I use the Emergency Start button to get to my next long-term stop.
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I don't have a MH but our PU has 2 big batteries that get hit with a 100amp preheater every time I start it. I got the PU in early Jan. of 2001. The batteries were run down when the preheater shorted out about 5 yrs ago. Haven't had any problem since. The batteries are now 12 years old.
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