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Old 03-05-2018, 06:10 PM   #31
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MASTERDRAGO,
You always have to keep in mind the mfgs work off lowest level of efficiency/cost with highest profit in mind--they don't provide the best of anything if they can find a lower-cost product to use.
Hope this hasn't been too wordy, but the electrical system of an RV is the heart and having heart attacks is never fun.
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This maybe related to deep cycle batteries - I don't know for sure - but a few years back I had a conversation with a pretty well informed employee at one of the local auto parts stores about batteries, particularly the vehicle start type. The reason the conversation started was years earlier I had bought two 8-year warranty batteries for my truck that had about 5+ years of use and had been working well up to the time the engine starter motor starting causing problems that affected the batteries. This employee told me he personally knew someone who worked for one of the very few actual battery manufactures and this person told him the makers had, in the last few years, gotten their "recipe" pretty well down as to how to make them only last about 5 years and die off soon after. That way there's always a constant return to replace batteries and the revenue stream it produces about every 5 years. He said they could and have made batteries that lasted longer, such as the 8-year units I had, but they decided to reduce their usable life so the customer returns sooner to replace them, keeping the revenue stream going a little more steady and often. You can't even find batteries with 8-year warranty any more. That said, he advised buying the top line starting batteries doesn't mean the customer will get longer life from them compared to batteries somewhat less expensive.

As I said, the deep cycle type may not be made using the same guidelines as above. Hopefully they do last longer - I just don't know yet. I just thought I'd pass on what I learned that at least applies to vehicle start batteries. Your battery "mileage" may vary.
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Old 03-06-2018, 05:33 AM   #32
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I have several old collector cars. I used to use the high priced Optima batteries exclusively. Several years ago I started having problems with them constantly going out. I got tired of it and after inquiring, found out the factory was moved to Mexico and the quality control was not the same as when it ran in the states!

Pretty sad. I also notice my four wheeler batteries and UTV last about two years tops! Makes you want to go to Lithium, but checking on Lithium for a 1967 GTO was way too expensive!!!
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:42 AM   #33
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Until a few years ago we had a Jeep CJ-7 that I had modified quite extensively over many years time for hard core trail use. At one point, many years back, our 4x4 club had an opportunity to buy what Optima then referred to as "seconds" - batteries that were functionally fine but had slight cosmetic issues that weren't up to the standards for retail sales. I bought a red top for the CJ and was absolutely blown away with how good it was - using the Warn winch for extended run times didn't phase it and this battery lasted 12 years before I finally had to replace it. By then Optima had moved their factory to Mexico and the replacement battery didn't last but about 4-5 years and never seemed to have the reserve power the first one had.

I sold the Jeep to our son-in-law in 2010 as by then I was much more focused on big game hunting than 4-wheeling and the truck got me everywhere I needed to go so the Jeep pretty much didn't get used. He had to buy a new battery shortly after and tried another red top Optima. He had the same poor service life as I had on the second one I tried. No more Optima batteries for us now.
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Old 03-06-2018, 05:57 PM   #34
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My first Optimas were awesome, but later turned to crap! When I checked they had moved productions to Mexico. I can understand having a bad one, but I ended up having several go bad. The NAPA dealer told me I was not the only one!

No more! Kiss me goodbye! Wish I could find a brand that is good today and with the last President closing the only lead mine in Missouri, the rest is history.
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