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Ivylog

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Posted: 05/27/21 05:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CA Traveler wrote:

The battery only needs to be good enough to start the gen.

Yes one battery is enough and it doesn’t even need to be very good .. use the boost switch to help start the generator.


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Yes that will work.


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I lived in Hertford years ago, and the occasional power failure from Hurricanes or even T'storms would darken us for a day or occasionally two. IF that is still the case, I would go with a pair of GC batteries just as backup for those occasions as cheap insurance.

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Hi,

Even a 12 volt motorcycle battery would be good enough.


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Posted: 05/28/21 04:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wal-Mart has a group 24 marine for $75. That would solve his problem. I've had good luck with their DC series batteries over the years.

Use one of his old batteries for the core exchange and sell the others at a recycle place for $15 each.


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If the only thing the battery is used for is to start the generator, don't waste your money on an RV/Marine battery. A regular car battery is adequate.

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Does he have a toad? Buy a battery that will fit it, use to start gen, or lights for lunch stop.

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Wal Mart has your battery

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A good place to buy high CCA starting batteries (for the generator needs) is a heavy duty truck dealership.

In fact, they might have a decent used one that would work for $free.99 - often one battery will fail causing trouble and a truck will replace all 3 or 4 at the same time rather than pairing up a fresh one with old ones.

* This post was edited 05/28/21 08:28am by noteven *

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A basic start battery is all he needs. Buy a new one for the chassis/engine and move the current engine battery to the house loads. Repeat in four years, or more if possible.


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