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Old 05-14-2016, 11:00 AM   #191
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Thanks Dapplecreek, for sure, I'm all for reducing/reusing/recycling!
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Old 05-14-2016, 01:01 PM   #192
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If they're not performing well now, they will continue to get worse. True it wouldn't hurt to use them as your house batteries, but don't add them to an existing bank of house batteries. For batteries to be tied together, like house batteries or even when you're using dual batteries for you starter, they need to be matched batteries. That means they started their work life together and have been used together, as one battery. You can't put different batteries together to use as house batteries. Your current batteries were used together previously so they would transfer easily into a two battery house system, but with pretty poor potential. Are you willing to pay the core charges when you get new starter batteries so you can keep the old batteries? It could help you set up your house system to have a small bank of batteries to practice on. I'm not sure I'd pay core charges to keep batteries that I know are going bad.
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:46 PM   #193
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Correct robin
Don't add weaker batteries into a good bank because they are going to draw power from the good batteries making them weak.
I bought new starting batteries and debated using the old ones as exchange or house that were expected to fail at any moment and I was still dependent on my battery charger to maintain both I used them for cores? One because I didn't know what my new charger could do(haven't put it thrue it's paces) and I either way I wanted to be able to start and go home.
I am keeping my starting batteries completely seperate from the house batteries because I know if I have a house problem? I can always go home and figure it out and if I have a starting problem then it is between the starting batteries and anything associated but not anything I have created in the house system?
But my charger is capable to run the entire house without batteries and can jump the bus starting batteries in a few minutes. As hands on installed at this point.
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:15 PM   #194
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Great input guys, thanks a million.

I neglected to mention the newly charged batteries started her right up, and I mean instantly. I'll keep an eye on them and when the time is right and the budget allows I'll replace them and move them over to house power.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:35 PM   #195
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Goo Gone, which I use all the time, didn't do anything on these decals. When I say they were stubborn I mean they were realllllly stubborn. I sanded for a while too but that actually didn't work well at all. The paper just removed the paint around the decals and left the decals pretty much alone.

They're pretty cool though, as far as decal materials go anyway. Maybe this is common but during the day they are black, but when hit with headlights at night they reflect yellow back just like regular safety reflector material. It's almost a shame to have to remove them!
When I say I sanded the decals, I meant I used an abrasive disc. Like this one but bigger. On a drill and an angle grinder.
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:15 PM   #196
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Easy remove decals

I took my decals off with a heat gun. Warm them up, get a corner up, and they peel right off. Just keep heating where you are peeling.
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:18 PM   #197
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Welcome, SilverSchooler! Glad you're here!

Thanks for the tip.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:38 PM   #198
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Do you know why your old batteries went bad? You did say they were 5 or 6 years old, but they often last longer. I was wondering if they were low on water or anything obvious? I understand the right kind of float charger will maintain them best during periods of non-use which in turn extends the life of the battery.
You scared me with this so I went out and bought some distilled water and examined my battery but it was just fine. It's amazing how we all share these stories about how we throw money at these buses. It's an expensive hobby.
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:12 AM   #199
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The heat gun only made things worse on mine. It made them curl up and readhere, and then they were realllllly hard/next to impossible to remove.

The batteries don't have a manufactured date on them that I can find, but the "01" (out of 10) is pinched out, along with "Oct," which I took to mean either Oct 2011 or Oct 2001, with the former being most likely.


They are sealed so I can't check inside. I will get a charger though for sure, to maintain them and the new batteries I'll eventually get.


I do agree it's expensive, but compared to what? I think it's a bargain for what you end up with and besides, who can put a price on seeing all those unicorns and rainbows?
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The heat gun only made things worse on mine. It made them curl up and readhere, and then they were realllllly hard/next to impossible to remove.

The batteries don't have a manufactured date on them that I can find, but the "01" (out of 10) is pinched out, along with "Oct," which I took to mean either Oct 2011 or Oct 2001, with the former being most likely.


They are sealed so I can't check inside. I will get a charger though for sure, to maintain them and the new batteries I'll eventually get.


I do agree it's expensive, but compared to what? I think it's a bargain for what you end up with and besides, who can put a price on seeing all those unicorns and rainbows?
If you have a Rural King nearby they have batteries CHEAP.
Mine have been stone reliable for like 2 years now. I start it every month or two. G31's were $75 when I bought mine.
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