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Old 03-21-2013, 04:26 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the good advice. Today I am picking up two Interstate Pro EGL-27m's. This is driven by good reports and availability of a significant discount from them thru a relative. The difference is going toward getting the battery box fixed. I am going to take it out, bead blast it , beef it up, and paint with black epoxy. While the box is out I will be able to easily access the inboard aspect of the step.
Would someone explain to the process of changing to 6 volt batteries? I understand about the depth issue. Do you need to put four 6 volts to equal two 12's? There does not seem to be enough room. What am I missing? Understand I am NOT a sparky.

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Old 03-21-2013, 04:50 AM   #16
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Just read Isuzusweet's inbeded links. Really helped. Has any one actually done the 6 volt conversion on a 280?
Question for Scrapirony-2. How difficult is converting to LED's?
New question. My light indicator for the igniters is inop. What can I do?
Finally( for this post) My wife has forcefully pointed out thatour call sign is inaccurate. It should be Mobilboars. She is a former teacher,don't you know. Is there a simple way I can correct this glarying oversight on my part to ensure Domestic bliss?

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Old 03-21-2013, 06:45 AM   #17
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Finally( for this post) My wife has forcefully pointed out thatour call sign is inaccurate. It should be Mobilboars. She is a former teacher,don't you know. Is there a simple way I can correct this glarying oversight on my part to ensure Domestic bliss?

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:16 AM   #18
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Would someone explain to the process of changing to 6 volt batteries? I understand about the depth issue. Do you need to put four 6 volts to equal two 12's? There does not seem to be enough room. What am I missing? Understand I am NOT a sparky.

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On my boat I used 6 GC batteries and solar, kept them charged and lasted 10 yrs. 12 v regular batteries last as long as the warranty plus a couple of months
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:14 PM   #19
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Converting to LEDs is pretty easy, inside the coach...I know several who have done so, and the newer LEDs are now being produced with bases that conform to your sockets.
the fluorescent bulbs are also led-ized...for running lights and tail/signal/back-up lights, I would suggest you try for posts on this...i know SOMEONE has broached this topic with pics...the usage is really significant, although the up front $ might be a bit intimidating...which is why we are s l o w l y replacing ours...
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:39 PM   #20
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Battery box rebuild

Greetings All,

I just finished putting a coat of Rustoleum primer on the Battery box. A friend allowed me to use his Bead boast box to clean it up. Had to have a little welding done to reinforce a couple of rusty issues. Tomorrow I will paint it semi gloss black. On Monday it goes back into the chassis.

I got looking at the chassis battery the previous owner had out in. It should work but I think it seems small for the area. I get the impression that he did the smallest he could get away with. Does anyone have a spec on the biggest chassis battery I can safely fit in there?

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Old 03-30-2013, 10:31 PM   #21
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I am of the opinion that 2 x 6V's connected together to make 12V, will have more capacity than the average pair of group 27's. Its all about the sheer mass of the 6V's.
Each one is about 70lb...

Here are 2 x 6V's against the original group 27.
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Greetings All,

I just finished putting a coat of Rustoleum primer on the Battery box. A friend allowed me to use his Bead boast box to clean it up. Had to have a little welding done to reinforce a couple of rusty issues. Tomorrow I will paint it semi gloss black. On Monday it goes back into the chassis.

I got looking at the chassis battery the previous owner had out in. It should work but I think it seems small for the area. I get the impression that he did the smallest he could get away with. Does anyone have a spec on the biggest chassis battery I can safely fit in there?

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Mine are group 27's. Group 31's would be great but without going out and measuring I don't think they will fit without some modifications.


" New question. My light indicator for the igniters is inop. What can I do?"

I assume by igniters you are talking about your "glow plugs"? My light doesn't work either but you can hear the relay "click" When you hit the switch. That being said, I never use mine. The engine fires right up and I have had it down into the high 20's and it started right up after sitting overnight.


"Finally( for this post) My wife has forcefully pointed out that our call sign is inaccurate. It should be Mobilboars. She is a former teacher,don't you know. Is there a simple way I can correct this glarying oversight on my part to ensure Domestic bliss?"

For this PM a moderator, they may be able to restore your "Domestic Bliss."
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I am of the opinion that 2 x 6V's connected together to make 12V, will have more capacity than the average pair of group 27's. Its all about the sheer mass of the 6V's.
Each one is about 70lb...

Here are 2 x 6V's against the original group 27.
The 6 volt battery link I sent him had the batties at 17" deep and 125lbs each. I wouldn't suggest putting four of them in a pullout battery box......it might tip the whole rig over onto your foot.
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