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Old 01-19-2016, 07:41 AM   #1
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New Battery?!

I have a 2004 Prowler Travel Trailer; 30 AMP. I seem to be in need of a new battery. Does anyone have any that they have had good luck with? Good brands? Never bought one for the camper so this is a new thing for me to figure out. Any and all help would be great.
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:43 AM   #2
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Post a pic of what your battery setup is now and we can offer suggestions...

Deep Cycle - highest amp-hour...
some like low cost sam's batteries,
some like Trojans,
some like AGM, maintenance free...
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If you only use your trailer while plugged into shore power than you could even get away with one of the walmart marine batteries.

If you are wanting more than that and there is room than get a couple of 6V golf cart batteries from Sam's club, etc.

When you are getting new batteries it's a great time to double check that your battery charger (converter) is working. Basically you should see voltages up to 15VDC at the battery while charging and closer to 13 after charged. (This is very rough estimates)
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Well I am plugged into power but even so that doesn't seem to help with the dimming of all my lights etc. Do you know where I could find the converter? Not 100% sure what I am looking for.
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Well I am plugged into power but even so that doesn't seem to help with the dimming of all my lights etc. Do you know where I could find the converter? Not 100% sure what I am looking for.
Lights dimming is likely because your batter is bad. The battery acts somewhat like a reservoir of 12V power when you are plugged into shore power/buffer if you will for the "unclean" power from the battery charger. I assume you have one 12V battery and no room for anything more. I too recommend buying a 12V WM or Interstate deep-cycle battery. Check water level monthly to prevent it from boiling away the water and ruining it too.
The month prior to the warranty expiring, consider replacing it or at least have it tested. That's because its lifespan is nearly over, and it's best to replace it on your schedule instead of when it fails at an inopportune time.
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That is a great idea. The one that is currently in it was "new" when I bought the camper but didn't come with a warrenty. Also need to look into if the converter is ok but have to find it first. But you have also given me a good idea to make sure my car battery is ok before it runs out too!
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Many converters are part of the fuse / circuit breaker panel near the shore cord exit to the outside.

They have a metal grilled door on them with slotted plastic latch's.

My daughters and my trailers were under the fridge. My MH is under a bench.
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That is a great idea. The one that is currently in it was "new" when I bought the camper but didn't come with a warrenty. Also need to look into if the converter is ok but have to find it first. But you have also given me a good idea to make sure my car battery is ok before it runs out too!
Batteries have a stamp on them somewhere that identifies the manufacturing date. When you don't have a receipt, that is used to determine the beginning of the warranty.
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I forgot to include this website as an excellent tutorial for learning about your 12V system: The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1) By Mark S. Nemeth
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I was recently battery shopping and they range from under $100 to over $500 with many quality variances inbetween. It made me want to not an easy choice. Still haven't decided.
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The converter may be part of or located behind the breaker/fuse panel.
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Have you ever checked the water level in your battery?
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DG, You're looking for something like this.....


As said previously, if you're always plugged in just get a marine battery and you won't have to fill it up or have a problem exchanging for warranty.
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I just bought (well last season) a Excide (sp) Battery from Manards, I got a big one not in size but what it will do.
I cranks the 454 faster than the old one ever has.
It replaced a Die-Hard.
I plan on changing them every three years, just for piece of mind. Nothing worst than going to turn the Key and all you hear is Click Click. Tim
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