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Old 06-10-2008, 03:58 PM   #1
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I own a 2004 DSDP with 370 cummins. I have 4 of these in series. Haven't had any trouble with them yet. Have equalized them a few times. They are going into their 5th year starting this fall. Should I change these just for preventative maintenance?
My starting battereis are Douglas 12 volt hooked parallel to each other. Same years old.

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I own a 2004 DSDP with 370 cummins. I have 4 of these in series. Haven't had any trouble with them yet. Have equalized them a few times. They are going into their 5th year starting this fall. Should I change these just for preventative maintenance?
My starting battereis are Douglas 12 volt hooked parallel to each other. Same years old.

Your opinions please?

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Old 06-10-2008, 05:52 PM   #3
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If you have money to burn then go ahead. But, why not wait until you really need them.

My coach batteries lasted 8 years! They might still be on board if I never dry camped.
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:35 AM   #4
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Toban, I have to agree with Lew. I have the same batteries and the are over 6 years old and have been serving us well. If you take care of them they will last a long time. As one manufacturer states, "Batteries never die, they are murdered"!
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:08 AM   #5
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If it ain't broke, why fix it?
My Trojan T105's are 9 years old and doing fine.
It depends on how you use the rig. If I were doing a lot of boon-docking I might worry. However, what's the worst that could happen to the coach batteries? Hooked to shower power or with the gen running, the converter supplies all the 12V that you need. Unhooked, you will notice a shorter time that your 12V works the lights, etc. Then you will know that it's truly time to get new ones.
Until then use your money for more important things like $5.00 gas! JMHO!
I would, however, have the chassis batteries checked. you need them or you will be stuck when the engine won't start.
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I might be inclined to have the batteries tested in the interest of not having the converter having to work overtime with a sick battery.
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exrench gives good advice. There is no reason to replace the batteries if they are still good, but are you sure they are "good"? The best way to find out is a specific gravity test, which you can easily do yourself with a simple $5 battery hygrometer, available at most places where auto parts and accessories are sold.
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exrench,
Unless there is a short in the battery itself, your converter will work just as much with or without the battery in line. The converter replaces the same amount of juice that you use from the battery or directly from the converter.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JerryForwood:
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Unless there is a short in the battery itself, your converter will work just as much with or without the battery in line. The converter replaces the same amount of juice that you use from the battery or directly from the converter. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Battery health,like our personal health is not a black or white issue.The condition of the battery will affect the amount of "juice" required from the converter.A dead short will cause a massive and damaging current flow from the converter.It is the battery with the slightly defective cell in the aging battery that we are most concerned about.
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To continue my previous posting,from personal experience this spring after returning from Texas,we camped in the lane while the domestic help(me)did a house cleaning.While camped, there, an annoying click could be heard every 27 seconds with another one in 7 seconds.Upon checking,I found the emergency start solenoid doubles to maintain the chassis battery in a sound state of charge by responding to a signal from a circuit for that purpose.That was the clicking that I heard.Every 27 seconds day after day ad infinitum.A new battery stopped all the clicking.Remember, this battery I replaced started that big 8.1 every day from the Lower Rio Grande,some 2200 miles!
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