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Old 11-20-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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Why don't stuff last anymore??

Took the MH off the jacks and took it to the station to fill it with gas while gas is somewhat cheap. I noticed when I pulled the SP the coach battery's were at 10. something volts. Hooked up SP again and they showed 13.6. Drove to station and set it back up when I got home. Same thing. Took batterys to Auto Zone to have them checked. Both bad. Now these battery's were installed in Oct 2001. They should have lasted longer than that shouldn't they?
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Perhaps you should contact the battery manufacturer, to see if they could at least help you out with prorating those batteries, that lasted only 13 years.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:16 AM   #3
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Some may disagree with me but I think 13 year old batteries are pretty much done.

I assume they are wet cell and if so their life depends on the maintenance. Being sure they are kept full of distilled water and keeping a trickle charge on at most all times.

Good luck with the new ones.

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Old 11-20-2014, 08:24 AM   #4
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Just a FYI they were Napa
24DCM NAPA Batteries
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:31 AM   #5
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Just a FYI they were Napa
24DCM NAPA Batteries
So you are saying Winnebago installed NAPA batteries when your 2001 coach was brand new? I never knew of that.

13 years is a LONG time
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:35 AM   #6
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So you are saying Winnebago installed NAPA batteries when your 2001 coach was brand new? I never knew of that.

13 years is a LONG time
Don't know didn't buy it new. Just bought it 4 or 5 months ago. Battery's were stamped with that date. Auto Zone guy say that is the stamp for the warranty. Napa said no warranty left.

New battery's stamped 11/14
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So you are saying Winnebago installed NAPA batteries when your 2001 coach was brand new? I never knew of that.

13 years is a LONG time
My 2014 Itasca came with a NAPA house battery.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:57 AM   #8
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I'd say having batteries last 13 years is darned good. Due to "operator error" I've replaced 2 sets of house batts in my 9yo coach.

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I feel 'lucky' if the house batteris in our MH, last 4-5 years! They get a lot of abuse! 13 years from a set of batteries is not common!
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I hope your post is tongue in cheek. If not your in for ALOT OF DISAPPOINTMENT in your RVing future.

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16 years on batteries is pretty darn good.....I get about 6 years on average on our vehicles.....DW's 2008 Infinity now needs a new battery......probably buy a Costco battery.
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They should have lasted longer than that shouldn't they?
Average is 7-10 years, Prior to today 12 was the oldest battery I'd heard about needing replacement.
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