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Jan 29, 2023
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Hi guys yow where awesome with my last question so I have another for you. I have a fiat ducato Napoli ace 2003 where the main battery(not the leisure) can go from 83 to 30 percent in a day nothing left on. At its best it was holding a charge for 3 days but would be very low. I am new to the campervan life but lovin it but suspect I need a new battery can you recommend one please?(have looked on Autoparts and thought Bosch would be a good idea)
Thank you in advance
Hunbro
 
Dec 22, 2018
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Tasmania, Australia (northern summer in Europe)
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Hymer Classic B584
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Since 2019
It's nowhere near as tricky as the leisure battery choice. Any decent brand of the correct spec and size for the base vehicle is ok. Put your licence plate in either of these sites for an idea. Alpha-batteries or Tayna I wouldn't go for a generic brand unless really pushed for cash (but vehicle battery is not something I would go cheap on).

Might be worth checking connections and earth straps/leads are ok too in case it's not the battery, but something like that causing it.
 
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Apr 27, 2016
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Manchester
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Since the 80s
As wfdTamar says. If you're looking at the label, the important number for a starter battery is the CCA (Cold Cranking Amps), not the Ah (Amp-hour) capacity. So get one with a CCA equal to or bigger than your existing battery.

A starter battery's job is to supply a massive current for a few seconds to start the engine, then get charged up again straightaway as the engine is running. The CCA tells you what current it is capable of supplying to the starter motor.
 
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Apr 6, 2019
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Eye, Peterborough, UK
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RV
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FourWinds Windsport 6.8L V10
Most common battery used to be "017", but often the "019" will also fit - same footprint but slightly taller and higher CCA rating.
DO add some new earth leads whilst you are at it as the older vans had very poor earth straps. I added one from battery to engine block and another gearbox to chassis on the other side oif the engine bay - any non-painted bolt will work.

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Hunbro
Jan 29, 2023
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Fiat ducato Napoli a
Jev88 Thank you is that as simple as i think it is and can you get them at halfords?
 
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TheBig1

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Nov 27, 2011
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Jev88 Thank you is that as simple as i think it is and can you get them at halfords?
I would measure the length needed and then go on ebay and have one made to the length you need. Don't skimp on the wire thickness, as a couple of quid difference will make a very big difference. The original bare braided cables rot from the inside out and may look good but will struggle to pass current at startup. Often a sharp tug on them sees them crumble and snap. Common sense to do preventative maintenance as you are changing the battery

If you look up Tayna online, they have good prices for batteries delivered next day
 
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Sep 13, 2018
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elddis 105 2015
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before this it was in the 90 s
When I was going to buy from Halfords 2 years ago I was told the guarantee was not valid in Europe so worth checking
 
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