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Old 04-15-2010, 07:54 AM   #1
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'99 Safari, Adding 2nd Battery on Tongue

I just purchased this trailer last week. It currently has a single G27 in the stock location. I would like to move my 2 6V Trojan T105s off of my Jayco on the Airstream (I'll put the G27 on the Jayco). I know from past experience that I am not going to be happy with the G27 and will be very happy with the T105s. I measured my current box where they Trojans sit side by side lengthwise front to rear on the tongue of the Jayco. Unfortunately, there is not enough room behind the propane tanks for my current box.

So, my question is; have have others handled this on similar model trailers. What box did you use, where did you get it? What kind of rack did you make, did you weld it to the frame or did you bolt it on in some fashion. I have searched on here and there is a lot of info, but I have not found a box that would fit. ONE NOTE, I have an equalizer hitch and need to deal with the bolts/tongue mounts for the bars. The Trojans are just over 7 inches long and would fit side by side on the existing tray (without a box, of course I am not going to do that) with some mods to the tray, but I have not found a battery box that would fit (I have some clearance issues with my equalizer brackets and the bolts for the same). I have about 20.25 inches between the bolt ends (I think I could cut about .25 inch off of each bolt if necessary).

Any suggestions for a box that would fit? I would love to see photos of setups on a similar trailer.

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Old 04-22-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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I'm still courious about this. I have done some measurements and it looks like my current "side by side 6v Dyno box could maybe just squeeze in, they also make and end to end that would fit, but I would have to have a frame built on top of the a-arms as there does not appear to be enough room on top of the existing battery frame to fit the side by side box, especially with the bolts for my Equalizer hitch in the way.

Here is a photo of my current Dyno box with the 6V on the tongue of my Jayco, I know it's extra weight, but my Dmax has no problems with it. I am stripping this off to put on the AS as I don't know if the next owner will have the TV to carry the weight, plus I will likely not get the money back out of it on the sale as most folks buying these hybrids are neophytes and might not even understand the advantages of golf cart batteries.

http://picasaweb.google.com/denmanha...87123941129122

BTW the grey box houses the shunt for my Trimetric gauge (something else I think I will strip out).
Any suggestions? Tips?
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:22 PM   #3
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We've taken a rather unconventional approach during our change to golf cart batteries. Our Airstream came with 2 propane tanks mounted at the rear of the A-frame and a single battery just behind the electric jack. Since we use propane very slowly compared to electricity, we purchased two T105s and put the 2nd in place of the backup propane. When traveling during cold weather, we carry a second tank of propane in the truck bed for quick replacement (and also use it for bar-b-q-ing). Here is a link to a thread on our solar installation that includes a couple of photos of the batteries after the change. I hope that we'll be able to find or fabricate battery boxes that will be more classy, but they work OK for now.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:22 PM   #4
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Bob:

Did you check out my picks of the Jayco in the first post? It seems like that setup would work perfectly for you. I removed the old battery tray and fabed one from some stock angle steel the I got at Home Depot. I added a Dyno battery box and was ready to roll.



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Dennie,
Yes, I like the box, but at the time I was also worried about increasing the tongue weight by around 70 pounds (second battery and additional 10 pounds on original). Removing the propane tank minimized the weight gain.

Let us know your solution.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:31 AM   #6
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BTW Bob, I checked out your website, you do beautiful work. Sure beats sitting in a cube all day going over SOPs like I have been doing!
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