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Old 03-04-2014, 10:06 AM   #1
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Buying new batteries at Costco

I am planning on replacing my chassis batteries with new ones. When you buy a new battery at Costco, does it come fully charged, or do I need to charge it with a battery charger when I get it home?
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:09 AM   #2
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They are charged, but you may need to top them off.
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My chassis batteries are group 31, I have never seen them in Costco. They do have good deals on the 6 volt GC batts. The local Sams carries the GP 31s and GCs.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:39 AM   #4
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You shouldn't have to charge it.

Every battery I ever bought was charged well enough to get things going.

I always check the water level and have had to add water to a couple batteries that I bought.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:41 PM   #5
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Motorcycle batteries come dry, with a separate container of electrolyte that needs to be installed, and the the battery gets put on a charger for a few hours before installation. All other automotive batteries come pre-filled and charged, although if they sit on the shelf for untold months they might need to be topped off, but I've never had to top one off.
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Buy them wherever you want, but make sure the person who installs them knows what he is doing. Checks the cables, make sure they are wired up properly- MH's use different cables for different functions.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
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Where have you found Costco's that stock them. I need a set and haven't found any Costco stores that stock them looking in Mississippi, Alabama and NC
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Last time I had the oil changed, I was told of LOW battery. Took the car to Costco today and did our battery swap in the parking lot. Battery only one (1) year old so we took home a free warranty battery. No core charges or a second trip just to return battery. No questions asked. Thumbs up Costco. Battery for our dingy vechile.
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If it is not reading 12.6 or more,don't buy it.
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I have a membership at both Costco and Sam's Club. Frankly, I prefer the batteries and the warranty at Sam's Club over Costco.

During the summer of 2012, I purchased 4 GC-2 Golf Cart batteries for the house bank and one 8D Chassis battery all from Sam's Club in Fairbanks Alaska.

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When Ii bought my GC-2's at Sams, there were batteries with different date stickers on them. I bought the most recent and both with the same date.

Also if you have a multistage charger in your converter, that should go into a charge mode and take care of any needed charge topping off.
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You shouldn't have to charge it.

Every battery I ever bought was charged well enough to get things going.

I always check the water level and have had to add water to a couple batteries that I bought.
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Thanks everyone for your responses.

RGVTEXAN, I haven't been to my local Costco yet, so I don't know what they have. We have Sams too and the 12 volt Duracell Commercial Group 31 shown on Sam's website are exactly what I need. I may just go to Sams.

ANNEB, I plan on replacing the wires just as they are on the current batteries, so there shouldn't be a problem. I will take a picture before I remove any wires just to be sure.

RETIRED AND HAPPY - My motorhome is in storage right now with no power, but I will be hitting the road soon and plan on replacing them right before I leave. That should take care of any topping off that needs to be done. I just wanted to make sure that the batteries come charged before I do this. And thanks for the reminder to check the dates.
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I just replaced my 2 yr old costco batteries with Trojans. Costco batteries although inexpensive have the lowest amp hr rating I've seen, 208. Interstate, Delco, & Trojan are higher.
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