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Old 10-21-2016, 06:57 AM   #1
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Inexpensive chassis batteries

Our new to us 09 Tour chassis batteries have been a bit suspect...I have been noticing the battery voltage at around 12.4 or so...not sure how old they are but they have a Allied Freightliner sticker on them.
The other morning just a few clicks and nothing...had to use the battery boost to start the MH. We are at Mustang Island, Corpus Christi, TX for the past week. Figured it was time for some new batteries. Called Freightliner in Corpus Christi and they told me they were having a sale on 950 CCA batteries for $70...hmmm that sounded pretty inexpensive but what the heck I took a ride there and checked them out...so they told me they get pallets of these batteries in and they sell out pretty fast. They are made by Johnson Controls and are "mtc free". So I picked up two and installed them...will see how they hold up!
I went to NAPA and there 950 CCA batteries were $125 each...
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I would be confident if Freightliner put there name on it the battery would be good quality. Buying in bulk like the dealer did would result in a savings which they could pass on to a customer. No doubt the dealer would prefer you bring your unit to them to have the batteries installed. This way they get you in their door and they have a chance to sell you other services. It's called marketing.
NAPA sells batteries which are made to their specs built by Deka which I believe is related to Johnson controls. I sell a lot of NAPA batteries and can assure you the quality is far above most other brands. Our warranty rate is nearly zero and I live in an area prone to cold weather failure of poor quality batteries. Most NAPA stores are independently owned and the owners can only afford to stock so many of a particular part number battery. This somewhat limits their buying power for any partiicular part number as they stock batteries for many makes, years and models for all types of use.
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$70? Sounds like a very good deal, indeed.
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They are out of 950's in Wichita ks. I'm getting 925's for $78 ea.

Thanks Mutinyguy! Never would have thought about calling them.
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Thanks to all who posted this subject. I think my 760 chassis batts in my 2004 Itasca Meridian are about done. Would never have thought Alliance batts at Freightliner would be less than 100 bucks. I will call the Freightliner in Spokane tomorrow and see if they have a price on the 950s. Thanks again... Mark
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l buy the reconditioned batts at half price.. kand falways have them load tested in front of me, a few have not passed...i get them at interstate battery...get 6 month warrenty...have not had problem yet
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I have seen cat batteries on a pallet priced at 80.00. You can find deals even at the dealers!
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Batteries

Johnson controls makes batteries for just about every discount store. Deka and NAPA batteries are made by "East PENN" battery company and they only make top quality batteries. I would suggest AGM batteries to anyone who is replacing batteries. With AGM batteries you get no corrosive fumes to rust your battery storage area, more expensive but last longer.
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