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Old 06-07-2021, 08:57 AM   #1
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House Batteries are history

Have had the coach plugged in on 15Amps for the last year, with batteries maintained by the Magnum charger. Tried to fire up the generator yesterday and they did not have enough power the crank the generator over, had to use the Battery Boost switch. I've had the 2014 Anthem for almost 2 years no idea if they are original, doubt it.

Now the hard part, trying to find 8 Lifeline GC2 batteries. Every place I look is out of stock.

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6 to 8 weeks on lifelines I've been looking for weeks. Ain't gonna find any any sooner.

I just bought 4 FullRiver L-16s and am gonna try installing them myself. For additional comments, see this thread.

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Have had the coach plugged in on 15Amps for the last year, with batteries maintained by the Magnum charger. Tried to fire up the generator yesterday and they did not have enough power the crank the generator over, had to use the Battery Boost switch. I've had the 2014 Anthem for almost 2 years no idea if they are original, doubt it.

Now the hard part, trying to find 8 Lifeline GC2 batteries. Every place I look is out of stock.

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Not sure if this helps, but rather than use the internal RV charging system long term, I just use a computerized battery charger/monitor and plug directly into the wall. Cost about $50-100.

These things work great, I can get a motorcycle or lawn mower battery to last a decade with little battery capacity loss...

Plus, saves wear and tear on your expensive RV management system/charger.

I own about 10 of the following chargers, work great. These things used to be $24...

https://www.harborfreight.com/4-amp-...attery+charger
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Ray, thankfully the 14 takes easier to find AGM size than the L 16's on the newer coaches. If Lifelines are hard to find in that size, any of the East Penn brand batteries are excellent alternatives. Both Sam's and Batteries Plus carry Duracell, an East Penn brand and might be able to be ordered and received sooner from one of the larger suppliers.
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Also, checked local Sam's Club. Don't carry the GC2 size and won't get them.

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Old 06-07-2021, 09:41 AM   #6
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Try Battery Guys in Glendale Arizona. They bulk in bulk from Lifeline. When I got mine 4 weeks ago they had ordered 200 in GC2 size at $340 each delivered.
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Will check with them. Also, if I'm running generator or plugged into 50amp, will the chargers be able to provide the power to run slides or jacks since they are 12v systems?

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Also, checked local Sam's Club. Don't carry the GC2 size and won't get them.

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I have noticed that with Sam's. The more golf course and golf cart communities in the area of the store, the more likely they are to carry them.
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Check your local NAPA store. Good price and if one fails, any NAPA store covers the warranty.
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Will check with them. Also, if I'm running generator or plugged into 50amp, will the chargers be able to provide the power to run slides or jacks since they are 12v systems?

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Ray,

No. If the batteries are removed the inverters will not work nor will anything 12v work.
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What if the batteries are still in place. The Magnum will go into float mode with them. I'm just trying to plan if it ends up being an extended time frame for getting replacements.

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What if the batteries are still in place. The Magnum will go into float mode with them. I'm just trying to plan if it ends up being an extended time frame for getting replacements.

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Ray,

If the batteries are still in place and you are plugged into shore power then everything should work as normal
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Thanks, that was my biggest fear not getting batteries AND not being able to use the coach.

When I finally get ahold of some lifelines I'll contact you for proper Magnum remote settings.

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Check your local NAPA store. Good price and if one fails, any NAPA store covers the warranty.
This is what I have in my coach. NAPA 8144 GC 2 Which are made for NAPA by East Penn Mfg which also makes Deka batteries.
H.- 10.875"
L. - 10.25"
W. - 7.125"
I believe they were around $135. each with the trade in of the old batteries.
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