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Old 07-21-2014, 01:54 PM   #1
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Replacement house battery

I have a 2013 Jayco Redhawk and I must have left something on and drained the battery. I am really good at hitting the battery disconnect when I leave but I guess I forgot. At any rate it completely discharged the battery and now the battery will not hold a charge very long. It was pretty pathetic before now it is terrible. It was a maintenance free battery.

My Redhawk only has room for one group 24 battery. I will have to measure again I might be able to fit a group 27 but I doubt it. I know the Trojan SCS150 would probably be the Cadillac of batteries for me but would an Everstart Maxx from Wal-Mart work just as well? The reason I ask is they are cheaper and more readily available in my area. I realize that both are not maintenance free and would require me to monitor the acid levels. I will have to learn how to do this but am willing to do this if it means a better battery experience for me. I know most would suggest putting in two 6 volts but for me I only have room for one so I have to stick with a 12 volt battery. Believe me my next RV purchase will have room for extra batteries!!!!
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Whatever you decide on needs to be a deep cycle battery. Engine start batteries a designed to deliver a lot of power for a short time then be recharged. Deep cycle deliver their power at a slower rate over a longer time and are designed to withstand multiple cycles of discharge/re-charge.
Marine batteries, are designed to stand up to the bouncing around in a boat, and come in start and deep cycle , not worth the extra $$ to install in an RV.

For more info;
The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1).
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:53 AM   #3
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Having a hard time finding a deep charge battery that isn't maintenance free. The Trojan's is the only one. Where can I buy a 12 volt deep charge that isn't maintenance free?
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I have had excellent service from my Maxx Everstart Deep Cycle batteries. Be sure they say DC on them. For $100, you can't beat the price and they come with a 2 year full replacement warranty. Trojans are great batteries, but price and finding them are often a problem, especially if you are traveling. When I purchased my motorhome new, I replaced the Ford mouse battery with Maxx Everstart that went 7+ years. Just replaced it. My coach battery was an Interstate that never really did the job. The RV dealer was going to prorate it for a new battery. I decided to put in a Maxx Everstart DC, group 27. It went 5+ years with a lot of use. While it still was OK, I decided to get a Group 29 Maxx Everstart DC. 2 + years now, no problems.
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I am leaning towards that battery but being maintenance free bothers me. How do you monitor the water levels? Do the caps pop off at all?
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It doesn't sound right that a battery in a 2013 motor home isn't able to hold a charge after 1 deep discharge. Are you giving it enough time to reach full charge through your convertor ? It can take a long time. It also should have some type of pro rated warranty with it, if it is really bad. Can you get it checked to see if it has a bad cell ?
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Caps do pop off with a screwdriver. I check the water level maybe once a year. Add a little distilled if needed. I have a Progressive Dynamics multistage converter which seems to take good care of the battery, preventing boiling over.
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I have had excellent service from my Maxx Everstart Deep Cycle batteries. Be sure they say DC on them. For $100, you can't beat the price and they come with a 2 year full replacement warranty. Trojans are great batteries, but price and finding them are often a problem, especially if you are traveling. When I purchased my motorhome new, I replaced the Ford mouse battery with Maxx Everstart that went 7+ years. Just replaced it. My coach battery was an Interstate that never really did the job. The RV dealer was going to prorate it for a new battery. I decided to put in a Maxx Everstart DC, group 27. It went 5+ years with a lot of use. While it still was OK, I decided to get a Group 29 Maxx Everstart DC. 2 + years now, no problems.
I use one of these for the chassis battery in my coach. Also put a pair of them in my son's motorhome as house batteries. Plus there is one running the house in a bumper pull trailer we have. Good battery, good value.
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