Originally Posted by RDM16CCD
That looks like a good setup - can you tell more about:
1) What did you do with the battery cables to make them reach?
2) How did you fabricate that mounting bracket, and any photos?
3) The cover - any more details, or photos?
I never saw a battery like that but it is exactly what is needed for more capacity, permanently mounted - go taller, not wider!
Here is the link to the current battery manufacturer. Douglas was bought out by East Penn Manufacturing. This is the Deka line:
The 9C12 with 228 Ah is a monster!
1. The fabicator just spliced in some longer terminal leads to reach the battery.
2. Get some cardboard or foamcore board and make a mock-up baseplate that fits precisely in the space between the gas cover and jack and rests on the tongue rails. Place battery footprint in the center of the baseplate. Size baseplate to leave about a 1 1/2" to 2" front and back for clearance between the gas bottle cover and jack plate. This will give the fabricator something to work from. I also did an engineering drawing to go with it. You can PM me for that, but it may be a little different for the 16'. He can weld in the L-iron stiffeners and threaded rods for the holdown.
3. The fabricator carefully tack welded aluminum to fit the bracket. Like I said, I had to spruce it up by polishing and adding trim. The aluminum trim and rivets are from Lowes or Home Depot. The International Medallion was from Airstream via my local dealer.
All the photos that I have are posted on my photo page under RSEAGLE.
Hope this helps.