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DFF
post Oct 29 2006, 10:46 AM
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We have a TropiCal motorhome that is one year old. We are having batteries issues and need to know how long before you had to replace your house and engine batteries. Please reply ASAP as we are leaving Wednesday on a trip.

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post Oct 29 2006, 12:17 PM
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That woud depend entirely on what type of battery was put in the unit to start with. Batteries come in 12-month life, 24-month life, 36-month life, 48-month life, and occasionally you can find one with a 60-month life. Usually, there is a tag on the battery with the installation month and year punched out but, of course, you have to know the lifetime of the battery that was put in to compute when the battery is "supposed" to wear out. You indicated that your motorhome is one year old, and I am assuming that this means it was brand new one year ago. If this is the case, there is a better than even chance that the batteries are 36-month batteries. If so, you've got about 2 years to go if you take care of them. Hope this is helpful.
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post Oct 29 2006, 01:18 PM
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QUOTE(Beastdriver @ Oct 29 2006, 10:17 AM) *

DFF:

That woud depend entirely on what type of battery was put in the unit to start with. Batteries come in 12-month life, 24-month life, 36-month life, 48-month life, and occasionally you can find one with a 60-month life. Usually, there is a tag on the battery with the installation month and year punched out but, of course, you have to know the lifetime of the battery that was put in to compute when the battery is "supposed" to wear out. You indicated that your motorhome is one year old, and I am assuming that this means it was brand new one year ago. If this is the case, there is a better than even chance that the batteries are 36-month batteries. If so, you've got about 2 years to go if you take care of them. Hope this is helpful.



Beastdriver,

Thanks for your prompt reply, we will do some checking on when they were installed and try to find out which batteries were installed.
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post Oct 29 2006, 07:26 PM
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While you are looking at the batteries... look at the manufacture date!!! I have personally seen brand new coaches with batteries that are already 2 or more years old installed in them.
Most manufactures actually brand the manufacture date into the case. Sometimes it easy to read and understand and other times the manufacture will use a julian date system.
Check the manufacture date, compare the warranty period of the battery, then you will have an idea. Now don't automatically assume that a battery will not last a lot longer than the warranty time. If batteries are properly maintained ( water level maintained, charged and discharged properly) they will last a lot longer than what the warranty calls for.
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post Oct 30 2006, 11:55 AM
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DFF
While you are looking at the batteries... look at the manufacture date!!! I have personally seen brand new coaches with batteries that are already 2 or more years old installed in them.
Most manufactures actually brand the manufacture date into the case. Sometimes it easy to read and understand and other times the manufacture will use a julian date system.
Check the manufacture date, compare the warranty period of the battery, then you will have an idea. Now don't automatically assume that a battery will not last a lot longer than the warranty time. If batteries are properly maintained ( water level maintained, charged and discharged properly) they will last a lot longer than what the warranty calls for.


Browzin.
Today we found out the batteries were damaged when a power spike entered our motorhome in July at Pirateland (BEWARE). We had thought that all repairs had been done but this has just appeared. We have already had $8000 in damages repaired. If you don't have a surge protector on your motorhome, I would strongly suggest that you install one.
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