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Old 02-28-2017, 10:09 AM   #1
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Need suggested replacement batteries

I have a 1999 bluebird international and need to replace the batteries in it. The bus no longer starts and the batteries are not able to be charged. There are currently 2 batteries in parallel but I'm not sure about there voltage or anything else as the info on had been removed or worn away when we purchased it. Does any have some suggestions for what I should replace them with. Thank you.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:13 AM   #2
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I have a 1999 bluebird international and need to replace the batteries in it. The bus no longer starts and the batteries are not able to be charged. There are currently 2 batteries in parallel but I'm not sure about there voltage or anything else as the info on had been removed or worn away when we purchased it. Does any have some suggestions for what I should replace them with. Thank you.
As I am not any kind of battery Guru I would take them out and carry them to the local battery store and ask them for replacement options.
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:37 PM   #3
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NAPA Commercial from any NAPA auto parts store.
They are 12 Volt.
There are probably supposed to be three of them. In parallel, yes.

I bought a set (3) for Millicent and they lasted 9 1/2 years. That's downright amazing.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:31 PM   #4
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My bus is set up for a single 8D (big) size. I measured the tray and found that I could nicely fit 3 group size 65 batteries on it. So i bought 3 new 65's and ran them in parallel. Mind you, I do not have separate systems for starting, and house batteries, and all my batteries are starting batteries (not deep cycle). I must say, 2000CCA on a 5.9 Cummins really spins!!
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i'm with SDR on this. i have 2-group 31 batteries, about 1100 CCA each. i replaced the first set right at 4 years. on the 2nds for me.
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The NAPA batteries I mentioned are Group 31 S, with 925 CCA. And oh yeah, they cranked her right briskly.

Currently I'm using "dual purpose" batteries --sort'a deep-cycle-but-can-crank-some -- and they crank her... pathetically slowly. In fact, I may go to the NAPA store today.
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I run $70 apiece Rural King group 31 batteries. Couldn't be happier with them.
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