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Mounting dual batteries
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November 9, 2016
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My husband had to get creative when we decided to change to two 6v “golf cart” batteries. The LP tanks were mounted to there wasn’t enough space left between them and the front of the trailer to just add a new, dual, battery box. The 6 v batteries are just a bit taller than 12 v too, so that just added to the fun. He ended up making a support for one of the batteries, to off-set it a bit and

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make things fit. It’s still so tight we don’t bother to lock that box, someone would have to be very determined to remove that battery just on
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a whim. If you look closely, you can just about see the plug for the Zamp in the left battery photo. It is so much easier than opening the battery box and clipping the leads on as we did with our first solar set-up.

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Thanks for the write up. I’ve seen a lot of other people who have added golf cart batteries to their travel trailers. What did your husband end up making the second battery support out of?

November 9, 2016
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He used angle iron, bolted together, which had worked well when he had to rebuild the LP support on our first pop-up. I painted it with Rustoleum this year, too.

June 30, 2017
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kitphantom said
My husband had to get creative when we decided to change to two 6v “golf cart” batteries. The LP tanks were mounted to there wasn’t enough space left between them and the front of the trailer to just add a new, dual, battery box. The 6 v batteries are just a bit taller than 12 v too, so that just added to the fun. He ended up making a support for one of the batteries, to off-set it a bit and

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make things fit. It’s still so tight we don’t bother to lock that box, someone would have to be very determined to remove that battery just on
right-battery.jpgImage Enlarger
a whim. If you look closely, you can just about see the plug for the Zamp in the left battery photo. It is so much easier than opening the battery box and clipping the leads on as we did with our first solar set-up.  

I love the concept of using solar energy for vehicles. The future of cars could be solar. But I am not sure how compatible cars are with solar power. My friend tried powering three electric vehicles with home’s solar array and an extension cord.

Solar is the future and one need to harness maximum out of it. Last day I was going through an article on 5 interesting solar power trends to watch in 2017 http://www.cestarcollege.com/b…..h-in-2017/

February 1, 2019
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I ordered the Century Plastics GCE-G battery box and mocking it up it looks like it would fit on the stock 2018 177se.

https://allbatterysalesandservice.com/century-plastics-heavy-duty-battery-box-holds-2-6-volt-golf-cart-batteries-gce-g

 

However I am installing a WD hitch and the two will interefear with one another. Im going to measure and see what i can come up with, perhaps this box instead…

https://allbatterysalesandservice.com/catalog/product/view/id/16094/s/century-plastics-heavy-duty-battery-box-holds-2-6-volt-golf-cart-batteries-gc-g/

 

Has anyone else come up with other solutions?

February 3, 2019
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I own a 2017 199FKS. It came with one very lousy no-name lead-acid battery in a NoCo box, mounted off-center behind the propane tanks. I suspected sulfation, as it would lose charge very quickly when not even being used, and charging would produce the tell-tale yellow dust around the connections. Not happy with this setup, I converted to two 6V Lifeline AGM batteries. The specific model I bought was Lifeline GPL-4CT and I bought them here:

https://batteryguys.com/collections/lifeline/products/lifeline-gpl-4ct

I also got new battery boxes, as the new batteries are slightly taller. The brand of box I used is called Powerhouse. The NoCo boxes (brand that are very common and came with the trailer) were not made in a manner that would allow the batteries to be easily wired together and protected at the same time. Plus, the NoCo box is only slanted on one side of the top (square on the other side), which doesn’t fit due to the curvature of the trailer and added height of the new batteries. Powerhouse box is slanted on both sides of the top and has enough ports to allow the wiring to easily go from one box to the next. I had to use an exacto knife to trim a bit of the plastic box handles off of one side of each box, so that they would fit into the space provided on the trailer. I bought them here:

https://www.rvautoparts.com/13228-Powerhouse-Battery-Box-Fits-6-Volt-Golf-Cart-Battery_p_35950.html

To protect against theft, I added a lockable battery box bracket for each box, from this website:

http://b-drvbatterylock.com/

This is a solid metal strap that fits all the way around the box and the frame of the trailer, allowing you to add your own locks to the top of the straps.

I have an equalizer hitch setup for my trailer. My battery modification does not interfere with the brackets for the equalizer hitch arms, nor the plastic cover for the propane tanks. Below is a photo of my setup. Apologies for it being a bit dark.

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you sir are my hero.. thank you for saving me countless hours and prob a few hundred dollars!

February 3, 2019
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actually i just noticed you had a 199 and i wonder if you have a touch more room in your A frame.

if you dont mind taking some measurements i would appreciate it.

how wide is the front (closet to tongue) battery support angle iron that you have? How far is the back angle iron from the base of the trailer?

really appreciate it

February 16, 2019
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I’m interested in these measurements as well.

February 28, 2019
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Thanks for the compliment, but I am a Ma’am not a Sir 😉

Sorry it took me awhile to respond. I have been super busy thanks to crazy Texas weather, and have not been internet-ing much lately.

Measurements:

The length of the entire A-frame from where it is welded to the trailer frame to the end of the tongue is about 56 inches. I say “about”, because I have a hitch lock that completely covers up the coupler, it is dark outside and the lock is mildly annoying to remove and put back on even in daylight (haha) so I made the best close guess I could.

The width of the A where it is welded onto the trailer frame is 45 inches.

The width of the front angle-iron battery support bracket is 24 inches. The rear support angle iron is about 31″ (it is difficult to measure/see that one due to all the stuff in the way). The two angle irons are about 8.25 inches apart.

I am an uber-nerd so I researched the hell out of this project before investing in anything new. I wasn’t set on any particular battery at first, I just wanted to find an AGM battery or two that would fit in the battery space on my trailer. There were numerous different sizes out there, this was the easiest setup for me to handle on my own without having to pay anyone to weld something new (welding is not a skill I possess, despite my dad trying to teach me years ago.)

Good luck, I hope this helps. Happy Trails!

February 28, 2019
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Just noticed I missed a measurement requested. From where the A is welded to the trailer frame, to the rear of the back angle-iron support (measuring along the inside of the A) is 11 inches. Let me know if you want to know anything else.

June 26, 2019
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my apologies ma’lady 🙂

I am headed home today to compare measurements. I have a feeling I may need to have someone custom weld a new tray that is dropped a few inched down to allow for tow batteries to rest side by side…

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