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Old 08-05-2008, 10:31 PM   #21
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Yeah, that's bad for them too--you are taking them below 90% when you leave them set. It's worth having a battery maintainer. I have a 2-amp auto charger on my Chevy that I leave on now that I only drive it once a week. It has a pair of Optimas I don't want to trash. My dad has about 4 motorcycles and he has all of his batteries on one auto charger in parallel. They last decades like that.

Optimas are great if you want a replacement and don't like my Wal-Mart stratedy I use with the shit B2. I would get a pair of yellows for your truck. A gas motor doesn't take much to start and the yellows are better for winching.

But I would kill a set of flooded batteries every other year in my last diesel. I've had these red top Optimas for 4 winters and they are just the same as when I go them. They are a high quality thing. Last winter (or the one before?) I had that air leak I could not track down and I ground the batteries to the nub every morning--but they always started it and survived the ordeal without harm.

Batteries are worth knowing about. In a car, it's no problem. You have a low cost starting battery--it starts the car, never sees even 10% discharge, and then the balance of electrical use and alternator attendance keeps it alive for 6 years and you replace it. Anything else, a battery needs good treatment. Maybe if you have a magazine planned I can expound at length on the subject.
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Don't get me started on how people think about deep cycle RV batteries....
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Ya, I think batteries may make a great magazine story.
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I have a couple of ideas for stories. I'll sumit at least 2 articles to the next magazine if you give me a heads up.
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