Originally Posted by Dave&Ginny
The battery placement is my biggest complaint on the Redwoods. I've thought about either trying to configure a sliding tray or changing over to AGM . I've always been a fan of Interstate batteries but someone on this forum said that the Interstate brand doesn't make a good AGM.
The nice thing about the AGM batteries is that they don't have to be vented.
Probably me. They have the Optima line which was once a good battery, then Interstate bought them and failures abound. They might have it fixed now, not sure, but not willing to gamble.
I have Lifeline 6V AGM's in mine. Rock solid batteries made in the good ol' USA. Also Odyssey makes a really good AGM battery.
You have to really do your research as a lot of OEM AGM's are made by a handful of factories. Sears Platinum AGM's are actually made by Odyssey and have a great warranty (4 years). They have some other brands that are from reputable manufacturers as well.
I've personally had Optima, Odyssey and Lifeline. My Land Rover has a pair of Odyssey batteries currently and my Redwood has the Lifeline's. I'd recommend both. But they both run about $300+ per battery which is why most people just stick with standard Lead Acid Batts.