Three years ago I set up a new system with my solar. I took a chance with deep cycle marine batteries from AutoZone and I seem to have lost the bet. One of the batteries shit the bed back in July. The other three are just barely OK but no longer holding a charge very well overnight. I am waiting on a deal from a local guy on some AGMs to replace these next month. (My original set of golf cart batteries lasted 6 years - but I have 2 AGM batteries that are still going strong after 9 years.) Because of that, I have been having to run my generator for about an hour after sunset and again in the early morning if I get up before sunrise. About a month ago the pull rope broke and I replaced it. This morning I got up way too early (5 AM) and decided to fire it up. Now it seems the entire recoil assembly is about to shit the bed as well. Took me about a half hour to get it to crank after fiddling with it in 26 degree darkness.