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Posted: 07/09/12 09:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2007 Roadtrek 170 with one house battery. The batteries have been lasting 2 years. Is this average or short? I do keep it plugged in during the hot summer so I can run the vent fan. Does RT put in a regulator so that the house battery doesn't overcharge or is it something you need to add (and what is it that would be added)?

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Can't speak for RT, but most rv's have basic chargers the will overcharge your house battery.
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A lot depends on what battery you are using. If you are using a marine deep discharge battery that has a 18 month warranty, they will last two years... if you use a good size truck battery that has a six year warranty and don't drain it hardly ever, it will last six years.

What are you using?


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Posted: 07/10/12 12:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I replaced my two (2) house batteries with Lifeline 31's which are charged by a three stage unit.


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I'm pretty sure RT went to a good 3-stage charger before 2007. It may be that you're drawing the battery too far down too often. Or it may be not checking/adding water often enough. Or it may be just luck of the draw having given you a string of bad batteries.

I'm not sure yours works this way, but IIRC on my earlier RT's the charger could be disconnected from the battery by switching the 'battery' switch to Off _before_ plugging in to shore power. If you switch it off after, it doesn't do any good. Your RT owner's manual should have some info on this.

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Have you looked into AGM batteries?!? Not only are they maintenance free, but you will have an increased battery capacity(nearly double). Yes, they are more expensive, but typically the warranty period is longer and again they are maintenance free.

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vantastic1 wrote:

Have you looked into AGM batteries?!? Not only are they maintenance free, but you will have an increased battery capacity(nearly double). Yes, they are more expensive, but typically the warranty period is longer and again they are maintenance free.


What AGM batteries are you referring to? Double what wet cells have? I have never found an AGM that even has as much capacity as some of the true deep cycle wet cells like Trojans. The advantage of AGMs is maintenance free and rapid charging, not cost or capacity.

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booster wrote:

vantastic1 wrote:

Have you looked into AGM batteries?!? Not only are they maintenance free, but you will have an increased battery capacity(nearly double). Yes, they are more expensive, but typically the warranty period is longer and again they are maintenance free.


What AGM batteries are you referring to? Double what wet cells have? I have never found an AGM that even has as much capacity as some of the true deep cycle wet cells like Trojans. The advantage of AGMs is maintenance free and rapid charging, not cost or capacity.


http://www.batterystuff.com/kb/articles/battery-articles/battery-basics.html#3

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vantastic1 wrote:

booster wrote:

vantastic1 wrote:

Have you looked into AGM batteries?!? Not only are they maintenance free, but you will have an increased battery capacity(nearly double). Yes, they are more expensive, but typically the warranty period is longer and again they are maintenance free.


What AGM batteries are you referring to? Double what wet cells have? I have never found an AGM that even has as much capacity as some of the true deep cycle wet cells like Trojans. The advantage of AGMs is maintenance free and rapid charging, not cost or capacity.


http://www.batterystuff.com/kb/articles/battery-articles/battery-basics.html#3


I don't see anything about them being higher capacity on there, what did I miss?

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I didn't bother reading the link, but I agree with booster.





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