RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Tech Issues: Best place to get new batteries?

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tech Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  Tech Issues

 > Best place to get new batteries?

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Next
Sponsored By:
rovobay

Damascus, Oregon (Portland Suburb)

Full Member

Joined: 01/30/2012

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/09/12 01:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where is good/economic place to buy new batteries for my TT?

I just bought my TT yesterday 1999 Cameo by carriage 26' which was sitting unused for 2+years. it was hooked into 110v power for that time. I think the batteries are shot. . .

should I replace with 6v golf cart batteries? I hear they are the best. how much can I expect to pay for those? can I pick them up at camping world or walmart?

I live in Portland Oregon


1999 Cameo by Carriage 26FLS bought in February 2012 (our first trailer)

TV is a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4X4 Crew Cab Short Bed with a 6.6l Duramax and Allison Transmission

mlts22

Austin, Texas

Senior Member

Joined: 11/15/2010

View Profile



Posted: 02/09/12 01:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A lot of people swear by 6v golf cart batteries, although it would be nice to know what type and model.

Eventually, I'm planning to replace the jars on my RV with a few Optima Blue G31 jars. Yes, they have 75% of the capacity of normal AGM batteries, so I'm planning to get three of them. The advantage of the Optima Blues is that they are hard to kill, don't vent unless the conditions are incredibly hot, and can take an extreme amount of incoming amperage. I've not been able to find any good brands of AGM batteries where I live that are comparable. If I stick them in a locking case and have them wired correctly (in parallel, and using either a bus bar or having battery 1 have the negative terminal out while battery 3 has the positive), the 225 amp-hours should be good enough for most boondocking tasks. At the minimum, it will keep my furnace going for a weekend.

ksg5000

Oregon

Senior Member

Joined: 06/30/2008

View Profile



Posted: 02/09/12 01:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Costco has best prices and good selection - most (but not all) in the Portland area carry golf cart batteries as well.


Kevin

BFL13

Victoria, BC

Senior Member

Joined: 02/15/2006

View Profile



Posted: 02/09/12 01:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

AFAIK in the States your best buy is for a pair of 6s at Sam's or Costco for about $80 each. "Up here" the best price I have found is at a forklift shop that sells 6v batteries. They sell theirs for less than RV stores and battery shops.


2003 Chev 2500HD Gas, 2003 Komfort 26FS 5er
See Profile for Equipment List

donn0128

Pronounced Ore-gun

Senior Member

Joined: 04/21/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/09/12 01:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

United battery in Gresham, intersection of Burnside and Stark sells Deka batteries. They offer decent prices.


Don,Lorri,Max (The Rescue Flat Coat Retriever?)
The Other Dallas


rovobay

Damascus, Oregon (Portland Suburb)

Full Member

Joined: 01/30/2012

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/09/12 02:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am sure folks can recommend and swear by a certain type or another. Thanks for all the options... I think I will get the deep cycle battery, then I will need to find a diagram of how to wire them properly!

okay acronyms. . . I need help... Jars? (batteries?) what is the AGM? Absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery? what about Gel?

What are the amounts of maintenance between the different types of batteries?

Thanks!

2oldman

Biloxi

Senior Member

Joined: 04/15/2001

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/09/12 02:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you never boondock, any battery will do. A good place to buy is a golf car shop.

battery faq page
6v battery recommendation
battery group

This tutorial may be of some help. 12v side of life.

skipnchar

Topeka or somewhere else

Senior Member

Joined: 12/17/2003

View Profile



Posted: 02/09/12 02:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I buy batteries from a local merchant who sells NOTHING but batteries and related stuff. Beats online prices for Trojan T105 (even if you get free shipping) by about 20%. Where the best place to purchase depends on where you are and what kind of battery you're looking for.


2011 F-150 HD Ecoboost 3.5 V6. 2550 payload, 17,100 GCVWR -
2004 F-150 HD (Traded after 80,000 towing miles)
2007 Rockwood 8314SS 34' travel trailer

US Govt survey shows three out of four people make up 75% of the total population


Dick_B

Palos Heights, IL USA

Senior Member

Joined: 07/10/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/09/12 03:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How about Batteries Plus?


Dick_B
2003 SunnyBrook 27FKS
2011 3/4 T Chevrolet Suburban
Equal-i-zer Hitch
One wife, two bikes (both Electric Schwinn's with motor assist)

donn0128

Pronounced Ore-gun

Senior Member

Joined: 04/21/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/09/12 03:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rovobay wrote:



okay acronyms. . . I need help... Jars? (batteries?) what is the AGM? Absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery? what about Gel?

What are the amounts of maintenance between the different types of batteries?

Thanks!

For boondocking you do not want AGM batteries. Their history does not prove out the additional cost vs life benefit. Any quality deep cycle or golf cart battery will require periodic maintenance. 9 months I have added water once to my 4 6volt golf cart batteries. I consider that not much for maintenance. And they are plugged in 24/7 when at home. Which is also 24/7.

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Tech Issues

 > Best place to get new batteries?
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tech Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2014 RV.Net | Terms & Conditions | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS