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Old 11-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Battery

I need to purchase a battery for the TT. Is one battery better than the next, or are they all similar. Your input would be helpful. Thanks
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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I have had good service out of Interstate
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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For the trailer if at all possible get a DEEP CYCLE battery, NOT a Marine/Deep cycle but a True Deep cycle, these are either golf car batteries or I think Wal-Mart now sells a "Trolling" battery that may well be Deep Cycle.

In wet cells TROJAN is best,, In AGM LIFELINE,, Howver I do not think either is worth the added cost.

Sam's Club, Costco and Wal-mart all give more bang for the buck.

You also have a choce
Flooded wet cell
Maintenance free
AGM

NOTE: in 12 volt batteries you may have problems finding flooded wet cells.

Flooded are lowest cost, but they are highest maintenance, they need cleaning and watering often Properly cared for they last longer

Maintenance free are slightly higher in price, Low maintenance (NEVER no maintenance) you can not water them. Slight lifteime trade off

The above batteries all must be mounted "This side up"

AGM, has teh additional advantage of not having a THIS DIDE UP sticker

LIFELINE brand can accept a very fast re-charge (Compared to others)

OPTIMA brand (Also AGM) has a lower capacity and thus is NOT suitable for house use.
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:29 PM   #5
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My OEM Interstate U-2200's lasted just one month short of 10 years and I really didn't need to change them but we were headed out for a trip and I didn't want trouble while gone.
I did add 4 oz of mineral oil to each cell in 2004 which cut way down on the corrosion and having to add water.
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A good source of information is Car and Deep Cycle Battery FAQ, Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List, and and Deep Cycle Battery FAQ the first link will tell you who makes what battery and a good bit of the advantages vs disadvantages.
The battery bought 10 years ago is not the same battery today, likely not even the same manufacturer. I chose a Lifeline AGM.
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