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Old 09-09-2012, 10:51 PM   #15
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Not enough info to help at all.
Sorry Mr D,
I had an Interstate 12 volt that was 1 1/2 years old and one of the cells failed. I took it to an Intestate dealer and he told me it was my fault that the Battery failed.
It was full of water and had never been overcharged or been run down.
Soooo, I went to Costco. The Batteries are much cheaper and their warranty is outstanding.
Normally when I buy a big ticket item (not batteries ) I call the Companies customer service department and see how they handle questions or advice. How they do determines wether I buy that product of not. So there you are, thats my story.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:15 AM   #16
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Hi all, sorry for not responding to your posts right away - normally takes it easy on weekends.

As stated in my OP, I'd rather have the T-105's but again, it's a lot of hassle to get them from the dealers. It's somewhat pricy but it's been problem-free for me for 6 yrs up until now. Since Interstate is the prevalent brand that's available within my area, I'm going with it. I'm comparing prices from about 3 suppliers/installers in my area and possibly in about midweek, I'll get them. Need to have these taken care of before I drive the MH down south to Yuma in Nov.

Thanks to all for your inputs!!
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:26 PM   #17
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Usually they're not worth the price unless you need to mount them inside (no venting), on their sides, upside down or you can't service them (add distilled water). Otherwise normal lead acid are a better buy.
Better buy is in the eye of the purchaser. My AGMs, came on the MH, never had any before. They are lighter, won't freeze, are maint free and provide better electrical reliability. When the time comes to replace them, don't know if I will use AGMs or not, but they've been great so far.
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Better buy is in the eye of the purchaser. My AGMs, came on the MH, never had any before. They are lighter, won't freeze, are maint free and provide better electrical reliability. When the time comes to replace them, don't know if I will use AGMs or not, but they've been great so far.
When it comes to replacing them....4 AGM's @ $350 = $1,400. vrs 4 Costco's @ $100 = $400 ....may have some influence on your decision making. I just went through this exercise & while I love the idea of a no fuss / no maintenance AGM, I just couldn't justify expense. We also have no intention of ever going anywhere where our batteries could freeze, weight is not an issue for us and we spend most of our time tethered to a power pedestal.

We also spent a little more & had "therm-oil" installed & about $80 to have "water-miser" caps also installed. Only been 4 months, but we've lost none of our fluid to gassing or evaporation....so far so good.
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When I saw the title and hadn't read the thread yet . . . all I could think was "Interstate makes condoms???"

BTW: I'm with the Costco/Sam's group. My local Costco doesn't carry them so I had to pay the non-member price at Sam's but they let me take my pick from the 2 pallets they had and I was able to get some with fresh dates. No problems at all . . . probably didn't hurt that I upgraded my charger/convertor at the same time!
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Trojan's or Interstate's.....neither. Too expensive and they just might not last any longer than the cheaper Duracell GC-2's from Sam's Club.

Case in point. My original set of four 6 VDC house batteries were the Interstate Workhorse Workaholic's. They lasted 7.5 years. I figured since that was pretty good service especially when I really didn't take very good care of them, I bought four new ones of the same brand and model. Well, with the new set of four, two of them failed this past summer at 4.5 years, and I took much better care of the new set. So much for battery brand reputations. When it comes to house or chassis batteries, it doesn't matter. There are only three manufacturer's anyway, Delphi, Exide, and Johnson Controls. They just make them to specific spec's and put different names on them.

I replaced all four with a brand new set of GC-2's from Sam's Club, $75 each.

We shall see how well these perform and their longevity.

I just replaced my 11 year original 8D Interstate Workoholic engine battery even though it was still cranking the engine over just fine. I was getting very apprehensive about how much longer it would last. So I replaced it with another 8D Duracell Battery from Sam's Club, $174 and no tax in Fairbanks Alaska. I would be PO'd if it crapped out it Canada or the lower 48 where it would be a lot more expensive and tax too.

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When it comes to replacing them....4 AGM's @ $350 = $1,400. vrs 4 Costco's @ $100 = $400 ....may have some influence on your decision making. I just went through this exercise & while I love the idea of a no fuss / no maintenance AGM, I just couldn't justify expense. We also have no intention of ever going anywhere where our batteries could freeze, weight is not an issue for us and we spend most of our time tethered to a power pedestal.

We also spent a little more & had "therm-oil" installed & about $80 to have "water-miser" caps also installed. Only been 4 months, but we've lost none of our fluid to gassing or evaporation....so far so good.
Plain mineral oil works just as well as the expensive stuff. Had it in my last set of U-2200's and now in the new set. 4 oz per cell for 6 volt batteries and 2 oz per cell for 12 volt batteries.
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I replaced the U2200 Interstates with Trojan T5+ batteries. Most of my 5 months a year is dry camping.I bought mine on line and picked them up at dealer here in Las Vegas
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I recently installed Interstate 8D batterey for coach. It works great with my Freedom 458 2000 watt.
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