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Old 05-13-2015, 03:32 AM   #1
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Best Starter Battery?

I want to replace my starter battery. (Gas Workhorse with the 8.1). Even though I know they recommend NOT using deep cycle for starting, I have used in past as my Coaches often sit for long periods in a storage yard without access to electricity and deep cycles seem to hold a charge longer. Also, I now see even some main stream battery companies are going to Gel Batteries.

What are thoughts on this? As the difference between the highest cost battery (Gel) is only about $100 and one less dead battery worth that to me. Deep cycle or Gel or highest output standard starter battery?

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Old 05-13-2015, 09:44 AM   #2
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If you wish for good battery then sears has a very expensive battery made by powersafe that is purelead agm and a great product...but twice the cost of flooded same and only one year longer warranty.

Just look for largest cca in same package with longest warranty and buy that one.

Not that much difference anymore with the 7 to 8 year models at costco sams and chains.

Select one supported by stores that would be where you go...
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Bought my Lifelines from these guys Lifeline Batteries - Marine & RV Deep Cycle Batteries great price & great service
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:18 PM   #4
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So what is the consensus for an RV starter battery, best starter type battery or best deep cycle battery. My concern is long periods between use.
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Best Starter Battery?

Deep cells will not put out the cranking amps needed to start on cold day. Stay with a battery made to start.
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You need enough cranking amps to meet the engine starter requirement. Doesn't make any difference if those amps come from a deep cycle or not, but deep cycles tend to have lower CA ratings because of their internal design. You ,ight need a larger physical size deep cycle to get enough CA.

Be aware of the difference bewteen CCA and MCA. CCA is a rating based on winter sub-freezing temps, while MCA goes only to 32 F. The colder its gets, the fewer CA a battery can produce, so for any given battery its CCA rating will be less than the MCA rating. Motorhomes mostly don't get started in sub-freezing weather, so you might be willing to live with a battery that meets your CA needs only with the MCA rating.
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What are thoughts on this? As the difference between the highest cost battery (Gel) is only about $100 and one less dead battery worth that to me. Deep cycle or Gel or highest output standard starter battery?

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You won't find a GEL battery in that size.. I doubt you could ever

AGM however is a very good choice and many confuse the two

I went with a DEKA Group 78 Maintnance free.. The one I choose is superior to the one Workhorse put in.

Recently I assisted the owner of the campground I am stuck in (OK so If I got to be stuck somewhere, on the list of places I'l hope to be broke down.. This campground is #1 so I'm not complaining) the rig was an older coachman, Been sitting on th same site well over a year.. I mean that battery was FLAT. I pulled the battery for them (I have all the neded tools) offered mine as a temp to move it but the owner bought an Excide (My opinion of Excide is based on a combination of having owned a few and some friends who have, it is not good) I put it in about a week ago.

Turned the key and that sucker fired up like new.

I would go with what Workhorse put in.. a good, high quality Group 78 Maintenance free...

The DEKA I have has slightly higher CCA rating than the Workhorse one the factory installed.
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Thanks so much for all of the good advice. Duracell now making Gel Starting and Deep Cycle Gel Batteries, they have some available at Sam's and prices are about $40 higher than a good standard battery in large sizes. Sam's and Costco both sell Optima Gel Batteries and I have a Sam's Optima Battery now maybe 10 years old that is used very infrequently in a high compression muscle car and has never failed in the heat of FL and does not need recharging if I use a quick disconnect on battery cable which has a constant power draw.

I just ran across this in a recent search, this is a deep cycle starting battery and below pasted from a Marine Supply Co. They also have this at Sam's for $179 what do you guys think of this choice?
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I have always liked autozone brand batteries with the three year warranty or Sears brand batteries. In my last pickup I put in the 1000 cca dura last gold batteries and never had an issue them (2 for a diesel).
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So what is the consensus for an RV starter battery, best starter type battery or best deep cycle battery. My concern is long periods between use.
Just in case there is a perception that Lifeline just makes deep cycle batteries for the coach and not for starters here is the link to their site explaining the differences between starter batteries and deep cycle.: Lifeline Batteries - Marine & RV Deep Cycle Batteries I have no dog in this race, but did a lot of research on batteries a few months ago and was ready to buy something other than Lifeline (due to their high cost) when I found this supplier (through a search on this forum) that offered them at a better price. As stated on their site their product meets military grade standards. I think this is one reason the high end coaches (Newell, Prevost and others) supply them as oem batteries. I have used Optima for many years in my off road vehicles with great success, but found their quality went down when they moved their production to Mexicoseveral years ago. Even Costco quit handling Optima because of the high rate of return. I have since found the Sears Diehard Platinum Plus to be an excellent choice for off-road use in both starter and deep cycle use and would have gone with them until I found I could get the Lifetime delivered for about the same money.
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I would also like to point out that certain manufacturers will license their name out (for a fee of course)! In my case my coach came with AGM's with a Ray-O-Vac label. I called Ray-O-Vac to find a dealer when one swelled and would not hold a charge. They told me they had licensed their name to Batteries Plus. So I called Batteries Plus and was told each store handles their own warranties. In my case the PO had purchased these in Maryland, so, since I am in Phoenix, I would need to contact the same store in Maryland for warranty. Then the local store said "don't bother", since Batteries Plus dropped the Ray-O-Vac label a couple years ago in favor of Duracell and at best the warranty would be pro-rated.
So like an earlier poster said" buy from someone who is well represented throughout wherever you are planning on traveling" but be careful of franchiees that will only warranty from the store purchased from.
FWIW: I also found Deka is a very good battery in my research.
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Need to define 'best'. To me best is a balance of cost, life, performance, warranty, serviceability, and cost. I buy Walmart EverStart batteries. About $100.00.
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I would also factor in the idea that generally a MH is not used in real cold weather as a rule. If the engine will turn over just a couple of times, it's generally running....

Tractor Supply (TSC) might be another good source.
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My original Motorcraft lasted the better part of 6 years. I currently have an Excide battery from Autozone. Works fine..
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