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Posted: 09/29/20 02:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just got back from a battery hunt around local stores and the only one that had some decent looking batteries was NAPA at $158 apiece. Glad to hear that one of the responders liked his NAPA's.

Few years back a local auto parts store used to supply golf courses with golf cart batteries and sometimes they would replace them after only a few hours use, so I could get almost new Trojan's real cheap. Not in business any more.


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I am one of the ones that see the bad reviews and think,well did you treat them right?

I have had my Costco Interstate Batteries for over 4 years and they perform as well as when they were new. I do a combination of boondocking and FHU camping. They are properly maintained. I think that is the key.


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The batteries are only part of the system. I put 2 6v Interstate batteries in my trailer and the first year the old converter boiled 1/2 gallon of water out of them. I changed it out for a Progressive Dynamics converter and in the 3 years since I have had to add very little water. I'm hoping this adds enough life to the batteries to almost pay for the converter.

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My pair of NAPA brand GC2's are still going strong after 8 years.

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wopachop wrote:

Even the least tech savvy person can now leave a horrid review in seconds. I weighed the Costco interstates and they are lighter, which is not good.

Concur, lighter is not good but what are you comparing them to ?

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

wopachop wrote:

Even the least tech savvy person can now leave a horrid review in seconds. I weighed the Costco interstates and they are lighter, which is not good.

Concur, lighter is not good but what are you comparing them to ?
Wish this site allowed for easier searching of old threads. Maybe someone else can find it. Fairly certain we compared the old Costco battery to the new Costco battery.

Or possibly it was to the Trojan equivalent.

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wopachop wrote:

Wish this site allowed for easier searching of old threads. Maybe someone else can find it. Fairly certain we compared the old Costco battery to the new Costco battery.

Or possibly it was to the Trojan equivalent.

The Trojan T105 published spec shows it weighs 4 lbs-5 lbs more than most other GC2 batteries on the market.

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I have 2- 6 volt 105's golf cart Duracell Batteries I bought at Batteries Plus Bulbs. I'm happy with them for what I use them for and the price. I only occasionally dry camp for 2-3 days at a time and they have worked well for that. The extra price of the Trojans was not worth it for my use.

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Trojans indeed, are a bit pricey and I was put off by the bad reviews of the Costco Interstate batteries, even though they are a steal at about $95 each.

I ended up choosing the 230AH Deka GC15. Lowe's carries them at $144 each, free delivery to your local store, and you can get a 5% discount if you are a veteran.


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GC batts all have heavy plates. i would imagine the difference in GC batts from brand to brand would be less than the differences of marine or starting batts brand to brand.
I bought ones from Auto parts store 5 yrs ago and have never had any issues.
To find more and better reviews I would look for people who drive golf carts as they use the batteries way more severely than an RV does. Is the a golf cart forum?

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