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Thanks to teejaywhy I have a conundrum. Lined up a couple of Les Schwab GC2 6 volts but I haven't picked them up yet. Looked at Lowe's Deka batteries and they seem to have more power, so hard to find good info on any 6 volt battery. The Deka's are also cheaper at $144 each, I think the Schwab's are $168 each. Can't get the Deka's till Oct 19th, but no hurry right now. Do the GC numbers mean anything. The Schwab is a GC2, the Deka is a GC 15, that better?? What to do?


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I’ve had my Costco 6v’s since 2015 and getting new ones next year. I monitor water usage in them and that’s it. I do have solar with adjustable controller if that makes any difference. I hit em with 14.8 dry camping. They’re not dead but noticed a weaker level in the morning while dry camping.

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I bought 2 EHD Interstate 6 volt batteries. That lasted over 4 years. If I would have treated them better I would have gotten better life.
I just replaced them with the same battery. Real interstates not costco really brand. These are the 225 amp batteries.
They are performing well I won't switch.
I paid 300. Installed. Everything cleaned and professionally installed.

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I went from interstates to trojans..I believe there is a huge difference.. but then again I went from 2 dead interstates to 2 fresh Trojans..I can tell you that after 4 years the Interstates were done and after 5 years the Trojans are still going strong

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Sam's Club sells Duracell which are actually manufactured by East Penn. East Penn manufactures for several other brands including Deka.

Trojan or Rolls Surrette are the best, but as mentioned by Trackrig, I am not sure they are worth the premium price. Gold carts store typically carry Trojan. Industrial supply houses carry either Trojan or Rolls, but they may not stock the GC2 size. Solar power stires also, but again, they probably don't stock GC2.


I think the Deka or Duracell is the best bang for the buck. They have a 235ah 6v for $150.00 ish bucks. I have 4 of them. Had them since 2018. Working great.


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What are u guys doing that you kill GC batts in 4 years? GC should be able to cycle about 2,000 times. Are you full time? Do you run them dead all the time? Do you keep water (distilled) topped off? Do yo have a smart charger?

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ajriding wrote:

What are u guys doing that you kill GC batts in 4 years? GC should be able to cycle about 2,000 times. Are you full time? Do you run them dead all the time? Do you keep water (distilled) topped off? Do yo have a smart charger?


My first set lasted about 5 years. Now, when I took them out they were still going and not dead per say. I still them under the bench in the shop. I top them off once and awhile. It's just that they would run down a bit quicker and not keep their Voltage up for quite as long as when they were new. (Actually, I'm not sure what to do with them. They are to good to throw away)

I am just a weekend camper. I never go out for more then 3 days and rarely ever more then 100 miles from my home. My main reason for battery problems is that I have charging problems. I threw away the crappy converter / charger charger that came with my TT and upgraded to a newer style with a 3 state charger. But, with the poor wiring that came with my TT I can never seem to get it to Float Charge ! So I am just keep am eye on the volt meter, that is plugged into the cigarette lighter socket at the Antennae Booster, and I kick the converter on and off now and then to keep the batteries charged. It's a bad way of doing it,, I know. But, I have other issues to deal with so I never have found a easier solution.

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@ OP

I suggest you contact a few of your local golf courses and see what they use in their golf carts. I really can't say what's best, but I have had great service from Trojan 6v deep cycle. I just replaced them after extensive use for the last 5 years with a couple of Rolls Surette based on their reputation, and were a bit cheaper where I am at least.
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LVJJJ wrote:

Thanks to teejaywhy I have a conundrum. Lined up a couple of Les Schwab GC2 6 volts but I haven't picked them up yet. Looked at Lowe's Deka batteries and they seem to have more power, so hard to find good info on any 6 volt battery. The Deka's are also cheaper at $144 each, I think the Schwab's are $168 each. Can't get the Deka's till Oct 19th, but no hurry right now. Do the GC numbers mean anything. The Schwab is a GC2, the Deka is a GC 15, that better?? What to do?


Good grief, $144 each?, $168 each?

That is insane to even consider..

Capacity is similar for any GC2 designation pretty much GC2 capacity will range from 210Ahr to 225Ahr.

Pretty much ANY GC2 battery will work fine and have a long life IF you treat them right with checking the water level several times a yr and adding water as needed.. Treat them to a good three stage charger, this may require replacing the standard run of the mill RV charger with more in the lines of a Progressive Dynamics..

I have had very good life with my Sam's club low cost GC2s, first set was 9 yrs old when I replaced them. They were still holding a charge but I noticed they were giving out a bit quicker (lost some capacity). They power my home fridge conversion and failure is not an option.

Cost at Sams is running $90 each.

Costco runs similar price and should also be fine.

For those more expensive brands or retailers, they often include a longer warranty but keep in mind, YOU paid an extra premium price for that warranty!

Sam's warranty is 3 yrs and I paid LESS and because I paid less, I can afford to replace them more often IF they failed.

For $15 more per battery at Sam's you can get AGM GC2s and at least brag that you own AGMs and still paid less than the places you are shopping at..

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