Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-05-2014, 10:30 PM   #1
csb
Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 46
Batteries, what size????

The batteries that came with our new rig are toast!!!!
Going to purchase new deep cycle RV/Marine batteries, but do not know what size is needed, since the 2 that are in there have no markings on them at all.
__________________
2014 36RL, 2012 F350
csb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2014, 10:53 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Dave&Ginny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 5,379
They're either group 27 or 29 batteries
__________________
SOB "The RV Wiseguy"
Dave&Ginny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2014, 11:14 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Dro67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 130
Quote:
Originally Posted by csb View Post
The batteries that came with our new rig are toast!!!!
Going to purchase new deep cycle RV/Marine batteries, but do not know what size is needed, since the 2 that are in there have no markings on them at all.
Ours were junk and unmarked also. Redwood covered the replacement!
__________________
Eddie & Toni
2 Bichons - Allie & Katie
2014 38RE
2014 Chevy Silverado 3500 Dually Duramax
Dro67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2014, 11:20 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
BasilFawlty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 260
Best batteries found

We changed our batteries a month after we took delivery.

Nothing wrong with the old ones except the location.

Impossible to check the water level so we went with maintenance free (AGM) so no more checking water levels anymore.

Can recommend Optima Blue Top Marine Battery. Strangely enough the D31M fits perfect since this producer makes the outside slightly smaller.

Used Optima in out previous RV as well three years ago and their warranty (then at least) actually worked. Think Optima was bought by Interstate recently but not sure.

We bought them at Blains Farm & Fleet 06JUN14 (416378) and they pricematched Amazon at $206.99/ each plus local tax.

http://www.farmandfleet.com/products...l#.VAo1bfRUPyo
BasilFawlty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 04:49 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 545
I have 4 -6 volts. Does the job for us.

Ken
brenkco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 12:43 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
0nTheRoad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,092
Two 6 volt batteries. We're fulltime so the batteries are being recharged virtually all the time, either by shore power or the truck.
__________________
SOB
0nTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 03:36 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Oriana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1,257
When we change out the batteries, currently planned prior to Alaska, we will get 4 - 6V, which will be hooked up to the solar system.
__________________

Andy & Judi, Canine Companions Duke & Kona
2012 F350 Lariat CC SRW Airlift 5000 |2013 RW 36FL Winegard Trav'ler
Travel Blog: www.andyandjudi.com
Oriana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 06:36 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
atom ant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 7,101
27 will fit in the box. I never tried 29.
__________________
Brad & Dory - Lone Tree, CO
CURRENT - 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E/2013 Wrangler 4dr Sahara
SOLD - 2014 Redwood 36RL/2014 F350 DRW
atom ant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 07:15 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Jim & Mary's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 619
We had dealer put in 2 Sears Diehard Platinum Marine Group 31 upon delivery. They even had battery boxes on hand to hold them (no extra charge).
__________________


Jim & Mary 2013 36 RL with Titan Disc Brakes Residential Fridge Goodyear 17.5 H rated tires MORryde IS, MORryde pin box 2015 Ford F350 King Ranch DRW
Jim & Mary is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 01:35 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
atom ant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 7,101
Very nice!
__________________
Brad & Dory - Lone Tree, CO
CURRENT - 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E/2013 Wrangler 4dr Sahara
SOLD - 2014 Redwood 36RL/2014 F350 DRW
atom ant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 03:29 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
JohnEileen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 326
Our 2013 36 RL batteries are dead after being stored for 1 1/2 weeks. Everything was turned off! Anyone know why thus would happen? Thanks fir your help!
__________________
John & Eileen
2013 Redwood 36RL 2013 Ford 350 Diesel Lariat
Pittsboro, IN
JohnEileen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 10:31 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Oriana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1,257
John - unless Redwood or a dealer has rewired the batteries, even with everything off and the main switch in the off position you still have a draw.

When at the service centre they rewired our coach and Jay's coach so the main switch now isolates the batteries.
__________________

Andy & Judi, Canine Companions Duke & Kona
2012 F350 Lariat CC SRW Airlift 5000 |2013 RW 36FL Winegard Trav'ler
Travel Blog: www.andyandjudi.com
Oriana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 01:58 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Dro67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 130
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oriana View Post
John - unless Redwood or a dealer has rewired the batteries, even with everything off and the main switch in the off position you still have a draw.

When at the service centre they rewired our coach and Jay's coach so the main switch now isolates the batteries.
Had to have ours rewired also.
__________________
Eddie & Toni
2 Bichons - Allie & Katie
2014 38RE
2014 Chevy Silverado 3500 Dually Duramax
Dro67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 03:20 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 425
Ours came with 1 12v. We added a second 12v in parallel.
__________________

2014 38GK, disc brakes, MorRyde SRE 4000, 2-Yamaha 2000 gennys, G14's, dual awnings, Progressive EMS.
2014 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn DRW with Luverne Bull Bar and skid plate.
coloradolivin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 03:59 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
JohnEileen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 326
So if "all" switches are in the "off" position then where is the draw coming from? There should be no current flow. There has to be a leak somewhere. Correct?
__________________
John & Eileen
2013 Redwood 36RL 2013 Ford 350 Diesel Lariat
Pittsboro, IN
JohnEileen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 04:23 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
johnboytoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,054
Very true for every other rv I have ever owned...
but redwood decided they thought they knew better than any other engineer and left some things hot all the time, thus our batteries go dead...

the storage area we are in has about 90 covered spots and no one I've talked to there has a problem with the batteries going dead except me and RollsRoyce (the two redwood owners in there )
__________________
Ours: '11 Monaco Diplomat 43DFT followed closely by '14 Jeep 4 dr Wrangler.
Hers: '13 Explorer Sport - AWD 365hp twin turbo scooter!
Previous: '13 Ford F350 CC Platinum and '13 38GK
johnboytoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 06:24 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
JohnEileen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 326
Obviously a design flaw! Why hasn't this been addressed? Nobody mentioned it at the Rally and surely there were some part time people there. We had not had ours unplugged to that point, so we didn't know to say anything. What's the remedy if you keep your RW in unplugged storage. We've tried to find covered/plugged in storage around Indianapolis with no success!
__________________
John & Eileen
2013 Redwood 36RL 2013 Ford 350 Diesel Lariat
Pittsboro, IN
JohnEileen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 10:58 PM   #18
Site Team
 
Dave&Ginny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 5,379
This has been discussed in the past and thanks to Rick, the company has found a solution. I don't know who changed what....but on my trailer (early 2012) I can leave it for 2-3 weeks at a time unplugged with the switch off and not have dead batteries.

I believe there was some mention at the rally when we were all asking Andy question.
__________________
SOB "The RV Wiseguy"
Dave&Ginny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2014, 02:25 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
JohnEileen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 326
Ours was only left a week and two days and it was dead. Ours is 2013 RW. So if yours is a 2012 why does the 2013 go dead in half the time if it was fixed?
__________________
John & Eileen
2013 Redwood 36RL 2013 Ford 350 Diesel Lariat
Pittsboro, IN
JohnEileen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2014, 04:26 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 335
So there is no question that the factory wiring through the battery cut off switch does not cut everything off, FULL STOP. This is easily demonstrated by placing the the switch in the off position and turning the outside forward cab lights on or pulling the emergency break cable from the hitch FULL STOP. Both require battery power and both operate normally with the switch in the off position FULL STOP.

That all said, who knows what else is still energized with the switch in the off position.

Service fixed that for me by directly wiring the switch to the positive side of the batteries before it is connected to the DC distribution block. When it is off, the batteries are now 100% disconnected from the coach including the breaks and landing gear.

Now about the quantity and quality of the batteries supplied by the factory, I can only say this; I got 1, total trash flood acid battery installed in a spot that really is not manageable and can't even power the DC+LP Norcold Fridge for a long weekend. I've already tried to double up the house battery hoping it would help and now I just have 2 P.O.S. batteries still completely useless. I'll live with them until I provision for Alaska and then will swap them out for something more useful but I'm sure at a price.
__________________
Redwood 2015 38FL,
Ford 2015 F350
ksaltman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Redwood RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×