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mtrumpet

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Yesterday morning, DW had to step out to the MH to grab a couple of things from the fridge. Upon her return she said, "the inside of the motor home smells like rotten eggs!". Uh oh. I immediately suspected what that probably was! Went out and pulled the battery tray and sure enough one of my chassis batteries bit-the-dust. I kind of figured something was up when the last couple of times we were on the road the engine took just a couple more turns than normal to start. So, going to be replacing batteries tonight.

I was just saying to DW a couple of weeks ago that it's getting to be about time to change out those batteries as they're all pretty old. Fortunately, there's a huge Interstate battery distributor/dealer only one mile from my house. He has all of my batteries in stock. (all of the batteries currently in the coach are Interstate.) While I'm at it, I'm going to replace all (4) of the house batteries as well in addition to the two chassis batteries. Might as well since they're about due to go.

Oh well, it'll give a me chance to give a good cleaning and lube to the battery tray.

(2) Interstate Workaholic 12v chassis batteries ... 2 @ $ 108.00 each
(4) Interstate Workaholic 6v Deep cell house batteries ... 4 @ $ 114.00 each

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How old were your old batteries? Had you used them a lot?


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When I needed to replace my house batteries, I wasn't in a situation or place to get Interstate Workaholic(my original equipment). I hope the Duracells I have now will do a 30 percentile as well. That was 2 years ago. They had lasted 14 years! Now THAT'S a good battery!


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Alfred622 wrote:

How old were your old batteries? Had you used them a lot?


Well, they were in the coach when I bought it, and that was four years ago. They were nowhere near new back then. From what I can tell of the date label on one of the batteries, it seems that they might have been installed back in 2007. They're pretty old. Then again, I can't clearly read the date code. For all that I know, they could even be the originals, but I highly doubt it.

Although we both still work during the week, we use our coach a LOT for weekenders. Practically every weekend. In fact our neighbors think something is wrong when we're actually at home on a weekend during the warm months.

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tommy g wrote:

When I needed to replace my house batteries, I wasn't in a situation or place to get Interstate Workaholic(my original equipment). I hope the Duracells I have now will do a 30 percentile as well. That was 2 years ago. They had lasted 14 years! Now THAT'S a good battery!


14 years!? I'd say that they don't owe you anything at this point!

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If you're made of money, AGM batteries will not make a mess or ever stink.

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mtrumpet wrote:

tommy g wrote:

When I needed to replace my house batteries, I wasn't in a situation or place to get Interstate Workaholic(my original equipment). I hope the Duracells I have now will do a 30 percentile as well. That was 2 years ago. They had lasted 14 years! Now THAT'S a good battery!


14 years!? I'd say that they don't owe you anything at this point!
I agree! I was trying to pay them more when I replaced them by buying their product again. I was unfortunately in a State Park in New England on a Sunday when one of them bit the dust. For 6v deep cycle at that time Sam's was my only option. I was HIGHLY recommending Interstate Workaholics.

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I feel your pain.
Father in law just gave us his golf cart. I bought 6ea 8v batteries for it over the weekend @ $110 each. Ouch.

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tommy g wrote:

mtrumpet wrote:

tommy g wrote:

When I needed to replace my house batteries, I wasn't in a situation or place to get Interstate Workaholic(my original equipment). I hope the Duracells I have now will do a 30 percentile as well. That was 2 years ago. They had lasted 14 years! Now THAT'S a good battery!


14 years!? I'd say that they don't owe you anything at this point!
I agree! I was trying to pay them more when I replaced them by buying their product again. I was unfortunately in a State Park in New England on a Sunday when one of them bit the dust. For 6v deep cycle at that time Sam's was my only option. I was HIGHLY recommending Interstate Workaholics.


Tommy, I was lucky in that we were home this weekend and this happened in my driveway rather than out on the road where I would be hostage to "whatever I could find at whatever price". (Although at that point, I just would've replaced the chassis batteries and waited on the house batteries.) Fortunately, this was the first weekend that we were actually home in the last five weekends. Certainly, always easier to do a "fix" in the comfort of your own driveway as opposed to the side of the road.

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2oldman wrote:

If you're made of money, AGM batteries will not make a mess or ever stink.


Yeah, I know. Unfortunately, way over my pay grade!

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