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Old 01-06-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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Batteries

I have a 2006 fleetwood discovery and I need the two batteries for the engine , what is the best batteries to buy?
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:10 AM   #2
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Group 31, maintenance free, high amperage, cranking batteries. If the originals had been maintained properly you would not be needing new ones. Find out if there is a charging or discharging problem. If not, do not let them be drained down. I have been happy with the Interstate brand. Got 7 years out of the chassis and have 8 years on the house batteries now; they are still good too!
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I like the interstate my self for the car but I never had to purchase batteries for the rv, what happened with the original ones is that one of them it exploded the top of the battery is gone, I think It got frozen (new jersey), I keep my rv pluged in but I don't know If the batterries for the engine are being charged, does any body know If the engine batteries get charged by the inverter, I know that the house batteries are being charged.
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I am not sure if the 06 Discovery's have the chassis batteries charging from inverter; I have my doubts. You could install an after market like an Echo charger easily if need be. Can you use a VOM?
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whats a VOM?
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whats a VOM?
Answers your question.
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whats a VOM?
that was a trick question...

it is a volt-ohm meter, commonly called a multi-meter.

you can update your signature block to include info about your moho.

it looks like the terms inverter and converter are being confused here.

an inverter converts 12v house battery current to 110v to operate equipment when you are not plugged in to shore power.

a converter converts 110v power from shore power or generator operation to 12v for the purposes of charging the batteries and operating 12v lights and appliances. my converter does not charge my starting battery. i use a separate schumacher charger for that purpose.

the best batteries are agm maintenance free batteries. LIFELINE is a highly rated agm battery. mine work well. BD batteries online has good prices and good service on agm batteries. agm batteries are shipped full of electrolyte ready to use while flooded cell batteries are not.

check these resources:

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - DC Battery Specialists
Deep Cycle Battery FAQ
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I'm sorry but I'm lost.
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I'm sorry but I'm lost.
maybe our posts crossed each other in the ethernet?
if you need more info after reading the resources i sent, ask.
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Thanks I got It now, looks like that the post toke a wile to came up, sorry about that and thanks for the help.
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ninos, I take it that you are now able to diagnose the charging system and condition of both your battery banks from info that has been sent to you. If you still have questions let us know what you have found so far and we can be of better help.
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Thanks, I think I got It from here I dont think I have a problem in the system, I think the battery got frozen It as been really cold here in NJ, with the wind factor It got down to single digits, I'm just going to order two new batteries and put them in and then check the charging system, the only question that I still have does any body know if the engine batteries get charged in the rv is pluged in? Thanks a lot for all the help.
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Hi ninos,
Some coach brands charge the chassis battery from shore power, some do not. The only way to determine what your coach does is to put a meter on the batteries with the coach connected to shore power.
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thats a good Idea I will try that, thanks every one for all the help you guys are great.
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