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Old 05-09-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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[Chassis] Coach Battery Recommendations

OOPS, Thread should have said "Coach Batteries". Well, it has reached the point when my coach batteries need replaced. I know the old saying about opinions, but here goes... Looking for recommendations on the best batteries for the price. Also, where did you buy them? Thanks in advance!
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Stump Jumper......I like a good deal as well as anyone else, but I don't chinze on batteries. Batteries for your coach are the equivalent to the engine for your chassis. Everything in your coach functions via the batteries, refer, heater, water pump etc. Even if you rarely boondock, everything is stilled run by/through your batteries first. If you had a particular brand that worked well in your coach now, why not replace with the same.

Just my opinion, but when it comes to coach batteries, I think the two choices are Trojan and Interstate. Most of these batteries are made by just a couple of companies, Johnson Controls being one of the biggest parent companies. As you look at their list of brands, they start with their best quality and then brand cheaper ones for various budgets. They AREN'T all the same with a different label. The quality drops each level.

The BEST thing I ever did for my coach was to add the ProFill battery watering system. It's pricey, but it keeps the acid down and makes adding water a snap. I check mine about every three months. Just squeeze the bulb a few times and all batteries are filled to the exact same level.
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Hi Stump Jumper,
I just replaced my coach batteries with Lifeline AGM style batteries. Consider purchasing the largest battery that will fit in the space available. AGM gets me out of having to check and refill the water in the batteries. The best price I got was from the local Batteries + store.
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Our OEM Interstate U-2200 batteries went 10 years and were still good for our use. We were headed out on a trip and I didn't want trouble on the road so I replaced them early. I replaced them with the same batteries, and again, added 4 oz of mineral oil to each cell. Costco or Sam's Club also seem to have a decent battery for less cost.
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I adjusted the thread title a bit to reflect the real subject matter.
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OOPS, Thread should have said "Coach Batteries". Well, it has reached the point when my coach batteries need replaced. I know the old saying about opinions, but here goes... Looking for recommendations on the best batteries for the price. Also, where did you buy them? Thanks in advance!
I prefer house and 'engine' batts. Those 2 terms seem to define the use on point.
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Engine start - Walmart's best EverStart - about $100 - good warranty, good battery, available most anywhere

House - Trojan wet batteries with Pro-Fill watering system to make maintenance easy and easy means it will get done routinely for longer/better performance
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Just replaced the house batteries with AGMs due to the difficulty in gaining access to them for maintenance, 2 ea. group 24s. Engine batteries with sealed wet batteries, 2 ea. group 32s. Bought all at O'Reillys Auto for $563 out the door delivered to me. That price included one core charge for a good battery that I wanted to keep around the shop for testing 12 volt stuff.
Today I just completed the installation of a Progressive Dynamics charger/converter with Charge Wizard. Now I feel confident in the electrical system.
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Engine start - Walmart's best EverStart - about $100 - good warranty, good battery, available most anywhere

House - Trojan wet batteries with Pro-Fill watering system to make maintenance easy and easy means it will get done routinely for longer/better performance
Is this the correct pro-fill watering system, thanks

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