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Old 04-16-2014, 11:13 AM   #11
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Re: Dead battery

http://www.amazon.com/Post-Battery-Mast ... disconnect
This is one type of battery disconnect, just make sure it is strong enough for your amp pull, you will need one for each battery so if one battery goes bad it will not damage the other.

I can agree with using more than a 2amp charger,

But to make sure you did not kill or severely age the battery you still need to:
Make sure it is properly filled with distilled water,
Take the battery out (or at least disconnect it) and charge it for a day or two,
Then once charged let it sit overnight and then test with a multimeter,
Otherwise you wont know how it will perform in a few months or when the temp drops.

My bus starts fine in the summer with a single 700cca car battery, I tested it just for fun, (1990 7.3)
I tried it again with the temp at 45 degrees and it could barely turn over the engine.
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:00 PM   #12
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Re: Dead battery

Seriously cannot find that Black and Decker anywhere. Anybody know a good alternative? Thanks.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:58 PM   #13
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Check Amazon; $150 (US) plus 17 bucks shipping
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:56 AM   #14
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Re: Dead battery

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-VEC1 ... PYCCKZ50ND


How about this one, eh?

This one looks good too:
http://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-SSC-15 ... Schumacher

Also digging this one: http://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-XC103- ... bs_auto_33
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:50 PM   #15
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Sweet, thanks.
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:30 PM   #16
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Re: Dead battery

Hey so I got the recommended B&D charger, and the batteries wouldn't take a charge. To be sure, I took them to Advanced Auto Parts to have them tested/charged. They wouldn't take a charge and the guy said they're worthless now.

So my questions are this:

What caused this to happen? During the winter we tried to start the bus about once a month, and it was starting after the coldest weather was over. Should we be taking the batteries out or something like that?

What kind of replacement batteries should we get for a replacement? Gels? We're trying to get the finest battery to avoid this in the future. We're still learning all this stuff after a lifetime of not knowing, and heard maybe gels were more reliable.

The batteries say: Interstate Batteries: High cycling - Workaholic. 31-MHD CCA - 950 RC - 195.

Thanks for any input!!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:23 PM   #17
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When you started the battery monthly did you let the bus run for at least 5 minutes so it could fully charge the battery?
When you start a bus especially if it takes more than a few seconds to start it will take a few minutes for the alternator to recharge the battery,
You dont want a gel battery as a starter battery, I would say get the manufacturer recommended battery or something very similar, it needs to be a starter battery and not a deep cycle or marine battery.
If you dont want to start the bus more than once a month then you can hook up a charger to it every week or two to top off the batteries.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:54 PM   #18
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Dang. We let it run 15 minutes or more during the winter. Since all our batteries are dead as hell, is there a good way to pick a new one? Good brand, pros/cons of different styles? Or a good way to educate myself on these topics. Thanks for helping us out everyone.
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Piggybacking on the last post here... I'm shopping a 1997 Bluebird (a TC2000, I think, it's a flat nose, short wheelbase) and it has a dead battery. If I were to buy a replacement, what is a good source for bus batteries and how do I figure out what type of battery? The bus is not near me, so I can't go see in person, right now.
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Piggybacking on the last post here... I'm shopping a 1997 Bluebird (a TC2000, I think, it's a flat nose, short wheelbase) and it has a dead battery. If I were to buy a replacement, what is a good source for bus batteries and how do I figure out what type of battery? The bus is not near me, so I can't go see in person, right now.
I got 31's at Rural King for $75. Check and see if you have a RK nearby.
I'd say just grab one.
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