Leisure Batteries - which one?

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  1. Janine

    Janine Funster Life Member

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    My leisure battery has died - well, 6 years is probably classed as a good life.

    Having a 'google' for prices/suppliers of a new one, I'm a bit bewildered by all the different types available.

    The one that I have is 70ah.

    Does a 100ah one last longer etc?
     
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    Hi the number is the number of amps per hour, so 70amp/hr battery will run a 1 amp light for 70 hours. Therefore the higher the number the greater the capacity. 120 amp/hr is the best.
     
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    Thank you Wildman - exactly what I needed to know :Smile:
     
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    You might be governed by the size of your battery box-so measure that and make sure that any battery you consider will fit !! :BigGrin:

    Mike.
     
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    It is generally excepted that £ per amp normal lead acid truck type batteries give better value than leisure type batteries. So you may care to give the battery type some thought.

    Doug...
     
  6. TomTee

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    Even more important is to decide what you need it for. If you always use electric hook-up it seems pointless buying a larger battery. The main advantage of extra battery capacity is to allow you to survive longer when free camping.

    If you've managed perfectly well with a 70 amp battery for six years, why spend more money on a larger one?

    If however you do free camp a lot, there's no doubt that a larger battery may help you stay a bit longer, but again, if you're moving on every day your battery will be charged anyway.
     
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    I try for the basic lead acid , and if humanly possible the ones where you can take off the caps and top up with distilled water

    I have tried some sealed ones , then cut the tops off when they gave up ....they were desperately in need of topping up which must have shortened their life

    I don't think it is as important for starter batteries if they are sealed as they tend not to get discharged so low
     
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    You recommended Dave Newell to me when I needed one Janine. I suspect he will sell you one too.:BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks for all your replies, folks.

    Mike - you are absolutely right - the 110ah wouldn't have fitted in the available space (next to the main battery in the engine compartment)

    Have bought an 80ah for £80 so the £ per amp rule holds true, Doug.

    All set for the B & B next weekend :BigGrin:
     
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    Sorry. I'm too late for you now Janine but Frank's Caravans were selling 110 amps for around £60 but this was at the Stratford show.

    Last year I bought six of them at Shepton Mallet (3 for me and 3 for Upmarkethippy)... seem alright...

    JJ
     
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    Story of my life, JJ :Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    Hi, new to this and would like some help please, do you own a vw holdsworth valentine? I do and am looking for a new leisure battery, but am not sure what dimensions of battery will fit, I have measured the tray, then looked for a battery to suit, but could not find one suitable, I was hoping you could help
    Thanks
     
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    Hi it might be worth starting a new thread under the the tech section.

    You would hopefully attract better answers to your question.

    Welcome and good luck!:thumb:
     
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    Hi, Thanks for the reply, Janine is going to check the size of her battery tomorrow and let me me know, If that does not resolve my question I will give that a try
     
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