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Offline Busnut83

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FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:03:48 PM »
Just found  out the warranty has changed.... one year free replacement... A week more throw it away?????  From $119.00 with prorating is no longer... Plus the batteries are now 196.00...  I explained I always kept one or two new ones for emergency prior to use one or three months?????????????  SORRY

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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2013, 01:26:42 PM »
I mentioned this similar topic with Interstate 8D batteries..   The consumer is only looking for price..   To meet that price, they give us a battery that will last 1 year..

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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2013, 01:30:52 PM »
Actually all auto/truck type batteries warranty has change due to a law suit in Californi a couple of years back.
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2013, 01:32:39 PM »
Trojan batteries only have a year warranty except the golf cart batteries are 18 months and the group 31 AGM batteries are 2 years.

Very few 8D batteries seem to have a warranty longer than 2 years.
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2013, 01:43:42 PM »
How about lifeline warranty? Fixing to replace my batteries. Had (6) 8D's in it until I had a inverter problem. Lost um all and they were new. Replaced inverter and have had 2 type 31's just to see if everything was working. Just use it to power fridge down the road. Has worked good. Thinking about 6 volt. We never boondock. Plug up or use gen set.

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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2013, 02:08:18 PM »
As I remember it Sam's 8Ds always had just a one year warranty, one more reason I switched to 31s and 29s.
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Re: Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2013, 10:00:15 AM »
I had to replace my 2 8d start batteries last week. I went with 2 1000cca group 31 with 2 year free replacement for 109 ea as opposed to the 2 8d for almost 200 ea and one year warranty. Oh yeah, and not needing 2 men and a small boy to change them was a big plus. I decided to do my pretrip a few days before the actual trip....good thing too cause the batteries were toast. 4 1/2 years on a set of 8d starting batteries I can't complain too much though.

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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2013, 11:04:12 AM »
Lifeline has a 5yr warranty. Not sure they'll cover an inverter malfunction. My last 2-8D's from Lifeline lasted 7yr. Good Luck, TomC
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2013, 02:09:56 PM »
Cat 8D batteries are 2 year free replacement 72 months pro rated their glass mat batteries are 5 years warranty same as Lifeline you can't beat the price when they have their annual sell on batteries and there is no hassle when you return one like other places
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2013, 03:19:05 PM »
I have been nursing my two 8d's along for a while and they may not be savable anymore.  When is that Cat battery sale?  I am considering dropping down to 31's, but would feel more comfortable with 4d's.  Whatever I get, I want to be maintenance free.  I like AGM, but would even consider Gel.
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2013, 08:46:33 PM »
Hi All, replaced my 8Ds bought at napa that only lasted 18 months, with Magna group 31s at napa for $99 each no issue with starting, my 5A starts on first crank, as always, that was last month, this month started right up, went to truck stop to fuel up, wouldn't restart, bad battery, good sam roadside guy said one was bad 1/2 hr  jump later, bus started drove down to san berdo, parked & dead. Went to try & get ahold of the napa in Lancaster, wasn't open either day, went to different napa, magna not a napa battery, had to buy 2 napa batteries, group 31s. For $125 each, very kind giving me a break at san berdo napa, started easily, went back last week to lancaster napa and they returned my costs for my month old bad batteries. What I learned, down here in LA, 31s are not only easier to handle but good enough to start the italian greyhound, but a bad battery is a bad battery, buy only what you can exchange easily, lvmci...
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2013, 05:16:56 AM »
Some of you guys are using normal truck batteries to feed your inverters?
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2013, 06:24:48 AM »
  When I bought our coach, it had two Cat sealed 8D deep cycle batteries. One wouldn't take a charge any more, so I was going to replace both with the same model. However, when they aren't on sale, they were pretty expensive, so I purchased two Interstate 8D deep cycle. Previous owner was talked not to reinstall coach alternator; saying it would gain about 30 hp not having to run it. They told him he could run the generator to recharge when needed. They installed a plate and gasket over drive hole. This was done at same time as rebuilt engine was installed. I"m afraid that, actually, the wrong cam is in the engine, and will require expensive correction. :-[ If so, they probably noticed the problem after engine was installed. I'll let everyone know what I find out down the road.
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2013, 08:20:31 AM »
Granted the Lifeline AGM batteries are about twice as expensive as a regular wet battery. But-once you experience practically no maintenance on the AGM batteries, you'll never go back to a wet battery. In the 7 years I had the 2-8D's in the bus, I think I may have cleaned the terminals once. Good Luck, TomC
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Re: FYI Sams 8D Batteries
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2013, 08:43:52 AM »
Ok i had to go out and look at my batteries just now. :)  I switched to 2 group 31s for my starting batteries.  Tag on them says they are Pacific  Power Batteries, Maintenance Free Series, and have a 15 month free replacement warranty. Since i put them in i have never done anything to them, never even touched the cables, my 8v71 has always started right up as soon as i touch the switch. They are mounted up front where the 8Ds were.  Oh yeah, the punch date on them shows that i bought them in Aug. of 05.  ;D
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