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Old 09-30-2014, 07:00 PM   #41
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Bob,

I recommend everybody carrying with them in their RV a powerful battery charger/jumper and a heavy gauge extension cord.

A few years ago I was at a state park and we must have been at the end of the power line on a very hot day. I didn't have the amperage needed for the Redwood and the batteries were going dead. There was enough amperage though to run a battery charger so I ran a extension cord to another power panel and the charger up to the batteries. This kept everything operational

The more powerful battery chargers will also "Blast" the battery which will help with the life of the batteries. I had read where something builds up on the batteries that are maintained within the RVs and their charging system. A couple times a year, I'll hook up the charger and "Blast " my batteries.
The heavy gauge extension cord I have. Which battery charger do you use?
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:17 PM   #42
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I bought mine at Interstate Battery shop for around $125. I think it's a 200/15/2 amp auto charger. Make sure you buy one that charges both dry and wet batteries, just in case you change over to the dry batteries.
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I bought mine at Interstate Battery shop for around $125. I think it's a 200/15/2 amp auto charger. Make sure you buy one that charges both dry and wet batteries, just in case you change over to the dry batteries.
OK. That helps. It is my understanding that the batteries that come with the RW are 125 AH batteries. Should I be looking for the higher amp hour battery? I notice that the Optima D31M is 55 amp hours which is considerable less than the D29HM that come with the RW.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:52 PM   #44
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I put 2 group 27 or 29 interstate RV batteries in mine.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:53 PM   #45
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Not a fan of optimas - but that's just one guys opinion....

over priced and under powered IMHO, but GREAT marketing


This is what we have for the residential pkg...
but think the dealer just got tired of us screaming about it dying all the time to replace the no name batteries
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:07 PM   #46
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I put 2 group 27 or 29 interstate RV batteries in mine.
Sounds like a winner, I will be looking into Interstate as well.
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Not a fan of optimas - but that's just one guys opinion....

over priced and under powered IMHO, but GREAT marketing


This is what we have for the residential pkg...
but think the dealer just got tired of us screaming about it dying all the time to replace the no name batteries
Definitely, I will be looking into Interstate batteries.
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We replaced Redwood's lame one 12 volt battery with two Sears Diehard Marine Platinum Goup 31's. Dealer even provided two battery boxes to put them in at no cost. Batteries are spendy, but should last a while.
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Jim ~ and wasn't it soooo much fun wrestling them in there ?
I'm looking seriously at a Mor/Ryde sliding shelf that is made for the batteries.
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Hi Vaughan

Will that shelf mount in the present location, or somewhere else? Yes they were beasts to get in three but my son helped me.
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It looks like it will fit in current location. They make a bunch of different sizes. Will have to do a little re wiring to extend the cables but should be worth it.
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Did you get your coach battery compartment rewired at the rally. Wished I had a wiring diagram on how they did it.
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I had done mine myself about a year ago when I realized that stuff was still hot with the switch off. Wasn't hard to change the feeds so that all was off when off.
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OK. That helps. It is my understanding that the batteries that come with the RW are 125 AH batteries. Should I be looking for the higher amp hour battery? I notice that the Optima D31M is 55 amp hours which is considerable less than the D29HM that come with the RW.
Your D31M is a Group 31. Not a fan of the Optima line myself but your choice of the Group 31, although expensive, is a good one. Next best thing would be going to a golf cart battery but that's a different thread.
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