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Old 10-03-2002, 05:10 PM   #15
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Unless the unit was ordered with 2 battery boxes, 1 was standard on the 77 models. There may have been 2 as a standard option on the Excella. I had a second one added to my 77 Soverign.
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Old 10-03-2002, 05:18 PM   #16
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i need another battery box i have been running dual baterys with jumper cables...... i was thinking about sticking a CAT battery on there some how with a box...two batteries are way better than one.
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Old 10-03-2002, 05:24 PM   #17
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I went the "factory route" and had my dealer at the time install a "used" airstream battery box on the other side of the A frame, where it would have been if the factory had done it. Almost any system you can come up with will be cheaper. I tend to be one of those people that do it the "right" way, even if it costs too much. If memory serves it was $400.00 ++ dollars for labor,parts wiring and a battery to do it. But I agree 2 is better than 1 and 3 are better than 2 if you are going to boondock! Solar helps to recharge and is enviro friendly, but the jury is out on that whole issue.

BTW what is a CAT battery?
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Old 10-03-2002, 05:35 PM   #18
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caterpillar battery

CAT batteries.....are used in heavy equipment they are very large. lots of capacity it's like having three car batteries in one. and they are high quality- and heavy duty . there good.....although i have had good luck so far with my exide orbital batteries.... i totaly agree with going the factory route stock is the best looking.......but i am having difficulty even finding door latch parts i can't imagine tring to find a battery box just like the stock one....in my overlander. and a CAT battery wont fit in the stock box...you can get smaller ones but i want a big one.
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On the parts needed front have you tried Colaw in MO. they have a number of AS trailers there that they dismantle on a parts needed basis. They may be able to help. I needed a new exterior outlet and they were able to get me one with a minimum of fuss and they had it, the part is a discontinued one.

Check out the vendors forum, there is a link to them there.

On the CAT battery, it sounds cool, but what does it weigh???
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Old 10-03-2002, 06:01 PM   #20
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I am guessing by Cat battery you are talking about a 4D or 8D. You would be better off getting a good deep cycle battery. The starting battery won't live nearly as long.

A 4D weighs about 135 lbs, 8D 165 lbs.

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the battery weighs ALOT. al least 75 pounds i dont know for sure ....they ARE heavy.

hey thanks for the info i'll try that
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what do you mean by it wont live as long? so will a small deep cycle last longer than an 8d with the same amount of draw? like say 20 amps?....i realize the 8d is for starting and has high CAA . but it also has a reserve. cat batteries in chronological terms last like three times longer than other batteries......but thats not being deep cycled, thats using them like they are supost to be used (starting...and ignition...lighting).
what kind of deep cycle should i use...... i'm looking for a battery that will last a long time without going dead. one that will store alot of energy and not fall on it's face like regular automotive batteries. i was thinking well i've got one auto battery when i hook two togeather i get more life out of a charge so why not just but one big battary in. i am not very familiar with deep cycle battaries but it would seem like they would work better if what i have heard is true..

question...will a small deep cycle out perform a very large industrial battery
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An 8D starting battery will put out a lot more current than something like a group 27 deep cycle. Where the deep cycle will outperform it is in the amount of times it can be discharged without harming it.

This is a good site for questions on batteries. They have alot of info on everything solar, which can be applied to what we do in RV's as dry camping is not a lot different than off grid power storage.

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cool......thanks for the info.
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