'61 Safari 22' rebuild from scratch. Trying to plan out the electrical and deciding where to store the batteries. Top 2 options are the tongue or making a storage box and access through the opening behind the road side wheel where the old H20 heater used to vent out. Most of my camping will be without shore power and usually limited to weekends and occasionally as long as a week. Thinking I will start out with a single deep cycle and add a second someday.
Pros: more room inside, no risk of fumes in living space, pretty easy to weld on some angle iron to make a shelf for the battery box.
Cons: Can probably only fit 1 battery unless I move the propane tank tray, may interfere with distribution attachments when I get those, more prone to theft, longer distance to run certain wires like the charge wire from the converter.
Pros: More space to house everything in my "power center" (converter, fuse boxes, etc.), I can build the box out of plywood and it would live under a bunk bed frame with no access from the inside, can lock it up, more central to most things I am running wire to.
Cons: Less storage space under the bed, need to figure out how to fabricate a door, battery weight not centered and towards the back instead of the front.
Flip a coin?
I'd appreciate any advice.