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Old 10-03-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
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Battery location?

The furniture is going in and I would like to map out the 12 volt Battery Location. The new Airstreams are putting them out front with the Propane Tanks and this looks attractive except fro having to put in some holes for the Battery Cables.
My 1958 Traveler had only one Battery and it was located under the Bed. Not sure that is the best place for them because I will be using at least two. I am going to decide what type of Batteries after I figure out where they will be located.
Where is the Best Location? and why.
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:42 PM   #2
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I would try to keep them as far aft as possible, off the tongue!

But they need to be vented if not the gel type.
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Old 10-03-2006, 06:55 PM   #3
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Now wait a minute! How much Tongue Weight do I want? this was to be another question later.
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Old 10-03-2006, 07:18 PM   #4
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Arrrr, ahoy piratesteve! (just had to say that) I put mine under the bed right behind the wheelwell. I thought that made the weight pretty central, and there was a useless little space there that the battery filled perfectly. I bought one of those expensive sealed batteries and so I don't have to worry about venting it. My tounge was already filled with the propane tanks and the spare, so it had to go inside.
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Old 10-03-2006, 07:33 PM   #5
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I could use the smaller 1.5 gallon tanks and make room outside if that would be a better use of the Space. With these Bitchin Little Units we need to wory about these things much more than those with the Behemoths.
I have been looking under the Bed as well, if I put the Batteries under the Bed I will use Sealed Batteries also, that make too much sense.
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Old 10-03-2006, 07:50 PM   #6
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The old fridge was about 50lbs heavier so the weight works out great, and that space under and way back against the outer wall is not accessible easily.

The vented door takes care of the possible battery gases.

What do you think, and it takes the weight way off the tongue, about 2' in front of the tires.
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Old 10-03-2006, 08:47 PM   #7
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I am using the Original Refrigerator. The Question still remains; What should the Tongue Weight be?
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I thinkit's 10% of the trailer weight, with all gear aboard.
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Old 10-03-2006, 09:49 PM   #9
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I think a sealed (maintenance free) battery still needs to be vented to the outside, it still outgasses you just can't replace the water loss. Here is a link to a very informative article about RV batteries. http://bart.ccis.com/home/mnemeth/12volt/12volt.htm Hope this helps. "Mac"
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Old 10-03-2006, 09:59 PM   #10
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Pirate Steve ,you may find the tongue weight in the airstream weights and measures ,our 60 has a tongue weight of 310 ,and I have confirmed this ,
320 is what the actual weight is. You need tongue weight ,never balance the trailer so the tongue is light ,there is a reason for it for stability and sway
control .The battery on our 60 trdwnd is right on the front of the trailer where airstream put it ,works just fine .if you want more power they can go
inside also ,many units had them in different locations.

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Red face 1960 airstream battery replacement and location

Hi ya all,
I am sprucing up my newly acquired 1960 22' Safari. I am not able to find a battery that will fit in the battery box. So, what has everyone else done? How hard would it be to relocate to the inside under the dinette close to the tongue wall? The present battery is jammed under the battery box and makes the propane tanks off kilter.
All ideas are welcome. but, most cost efficient and easiest is what I am looking for at this time.
getting ready to head to North Carolina
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Old 10-04-2006, 11:24 AM   #12
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somedaysoon hello ,

The correct battery is a 3EE ,its long and narrow ,now called a forklift battery
because it fits forklifts obviousely .Interestate,carquest ,napa all offer that
battery .It works well ,its the one used in our 60 trdwnd also .If you want to go dual batteries or somthing ,they can be installed inside .A favorite is the
AMG design many use ,but won't fit front box. I don't rely heavily on the
battery unless camping with no hookups ,then yes although everything can
be done with the LP mostley ,fridge ,stove gas light too. We do need battery
for the waterpump though .Anyway ,the 3EE will get you going now.

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Old 10-04-2006, 09:19 PM   #13
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Scottanlily,
Thanks! Once again you came through with the information that I was looking for. Now I can lay the Traveler out and keep the thing going down the road properly. I know that not not enough Tongue Weight will make the Trailer Squirley. I have no idea where the Battery was originally on the 1958 18 Footer so it is nice to know where others of this vintage are located.
Mac,
I have chosen the AGM type Batteries from West Marine, They have a 5 year pro-rated warrantee and that made these attractive along with the reduced maintenance. I was planning on installing a Smart Charger anyway. Thanks for the link to the Battery information!
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