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cliffy49

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Posted: 06/03/20 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

vermilye wrote:

I agree with those that suggest a pair of 6V golf cart batteries as a good solution for replacing a single 12V battery for those feeling their way into dry camping.

That said, if you decide that spending an entire winter in the Quartzsite desert is in your plans, and you want most of the comforts of camping with an electrical service without one, converting to lithium is an option. I went from a pair of 6V Interstate 6V batteries to a pair of 100 amp hour 12V Battleborn lithium batteries, and while I still cannot run my air conditioner, with a 1500 watt inverter I have no problem using a toaster, toaster oven, 950 watt microwave, and making a pot of drip coffee every day. I spent 78 days dry camping last winter, and, with 480 watts of solar, never needed a generator. Here is a journal entry on the conversion.


Actually the plan is to spend 1 week at a full hook-up campground and then about a week in the desert. I will be making reservations at the Quartzite c/g soon. As far as what part of the desert we will be in, I have no idea. As it get closer, I will spend more time researching the area both via on-line research and using the forums.

We are planning on spending about 2 months in the Phoenix area and I have already inquired bout reservations there.


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cliffy49 wrote:

Gjac wrote:

cliffy49 wrote:

Just got back and Costco and the interstate GC2 batteries are on sale for $89.99 each with a $15.00 core charge. At that price they are the same as the Duracell GC2's.

The only problem i have with the interstate is that I havr not yet read a review where the battery has lasted longer than 14 months. Now, I realize that people do not usually post the good stuff but that many bad reviews maakes me a liitle worried. There is some speculation that INterstate may have switched mfg's and that is the reason for the bad life span of the battery. If anyone has any news or comments about this they would be appreciated.


Are the bad reviews for interstate batteries in general oo specifically for the golf cart batteries? The reason I ask is I had problems with their 12 volt starting batteries.


All of the reviews that I read were on the Costco web site. That would make me think that they were all in regards to the golf cart batteries. I would really hate to spend $200 and then find that the batteries only last about 1 year.

Even though I am not a member of Sam's club, I may have to pay the 10% up charge and purchase them there. They do have the best price that I can find on the Duracell GC2.
I am sure more people buy 12v starting batteries rather than 6 volt GC batteries from Costco. I am not a member of Sam's Club either so I had my freind who is buy them for me.

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Add me to the list of folks with bad experiences with Costco GC2 batteries. I just had a pair fail in just over a year. I did care for them well, and my last set of Costco Batteries lasted 7 years.

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