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Old 04-04-2009, 11:53 AM   #15
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Donna is right, for example I know that Home Depots plumbing fixtures are not always equal to the same model that a plumber would get from a wholesale supplier.

A good AGM or L-16 deep cycle battery properly maintained and not overcharged should last up to 8 years.

I am not saying there is anything wrong with Walmart batteries, there are just better ones made out there.

I prefer to keep my batteries inside, and modified my current trailer to house them in a bench inside a sealed chamber. The new Escape I am getting has them inside too.
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:08 PM   #16
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No votes for the AC Delco Voyager? I just installed one in mine a month ago and have only used it for the one week in Florida.
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As most of the eggs come with inexpensive converters that do not have the smart charger capability and tend to boil the water out of the sealed tight battery that seems to indicate that one should either get the least expensive 3 year replacement battery, or invest in a more expensive converter and an AGM battery.

When the math is finalized, the 3 year total replacement battery from WalMart, BJ’s Wholesale, Costco or Sam’s Club will prove to be the most cost effective hands down over the up conversion of the converter and AGM.

Do the math and prove this theory wrong.
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:21 PM   #18
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On second thought, purchase one of those DEEEEP Cycle $150 batteries that really last, put on the front of your trailer, and see just how long it remains there. (They are some kind of coil technology and are one of the following colors Yellow, Red or Blue)
Lest the Fairy Tale continue, as we have discussed on the Forum before, the Optima batteries are *NOT* DEEEEEP cycle, rather they are a hybrid of deep cycle and starting and don't have as many Amp-hours as a typical El Cheapo flooded lead-acid from many sources -- They may last twice as long, but typically cost in excess of twice as much...

Optima - Hybrid
Wally Trolling - Deep cycle
Trojan Deep Cycle - DEEEEP cycle

See PeterH's comments above in this thread for more info on the Optima and Trojan.

Batteries can be a fragile thing subject to failure from outside (Bad TV charging system, bad converter charging system) and can be stolen (been there), so I am personally reluctant to get anything but the El Cheapo -- YMMV!
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:56 PM   #19
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I go with the Walmart idea, when you stick with name brands and something goes bad on the road you have to find a dealer if you are stuck on the same brand the blew. Walmart, because there is one in every town you walk in as I did with or without a sales slip they look at how long you have owned it and your on your way in 15 minutes with a brand new one. Sometimes it doesn't matter how well you take care of stuff it still goes south.
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:48 AM   #20
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No votes for the AC Delco Voyager? I just installed one in mine a month ago and have only used it for the one week in Florida.
In my last Boler i use 4 years a delco voyager size 24 and i dont have nothing problem and for fishing i use delco voyager size 27 since 3 year and it is perfect with my trooling motor
When i bought my scamp 16 4 years ago it come with a optima batterie and it work great again same if I l' have to empty complete several times and it was full of power again

For me delco voyager and optima are great battery and optima require no servicing
when i bought my scamp i have equiped it with an intlli-power converter and i love it , battery always full chage , no overchage a full power when i have 110 v acces and when i have a dry camping i run a 2000i honda when it require to chage battery for me it is a great set up
Alway same thing, escuse my english i speak it just a bit !!!
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Yvon, your English is just fine.
A good converter like the Inteli-power over its life span will pay for itself by keeping a battery properly conditioned and protected. A good converter is equally or more important to the longevity of a battery, then the type of battery itself. Yes, even for the Walmart batteries.

The Delco Voyager and Optima are both good batteries, and perform well. The Optima is rated for about 1/3 more charge cycles, but cost twice as much.

One other reason for going with a better deep cycle battery, is that they can often take more then twice as many charge cycles.

I know I'm going to get more bashing from the Walmart fans, but the OP did ask for opinions after all.
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I know I'm going to get more bashing from the Walmart fans, but the OP did ask for opinions after all.
No bashing here. Objective opinions based on facts are valued. It's about giving choices. Different strokes for different folks
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I picked up ours at Canadian Tire. I think it was the largest they had. I added a two wire plug at thebattery so that I can connect this small 15w solar pannel which I sit on the rock guard. It's enough to replenish the battery which we use for lighting only.

BTW We used to carry a battery box on the tongue but no battery. We used it as a small toolbox for hammer, pliers wrenches etc.

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I buy Interstate 27DC from Sam's. They are $6 more than the Everstart at Walmart, but I believe the Interstate brand to be more reliable.
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Are any of the Walmart cheapies sealed AGM or are they all the type that need distilled water added?
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All of the Wally-batts I have seen so far have been flooded lead-acid batts, not AGM, but it seems to be up to the store managers as to what they stock. FLA's usually have a way to add water, although some are sealed very tightly so as to be called maintenance-free.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:13 AM   #27
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I have the cambodian tire one too, It's a group 24 Nautilus marine deep cycle. i only used it for half of last season, left the converter plugged in a little too long (apparently), and I forgot about it in the trailer this winter. (i know i know, but we had bigger fish to fry ). I pulled the boler out of hibernation, it still had a charge and the cells are still full. I'm impressed for $90. plus it's got the 3 year warranty, so i think i'll keep right on abusing it...
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:37 PM   #28
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For maximum amp hours you should look at two 6 volt battries
instead of one 12 volt. Most 6 volt battries made for golf carts
work great and you can really abuse them....
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