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Old 05-23-2014, 11:33 AM   #1
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Which parts are needed for a new battery door?

Hi,

I'm thinking of moving the battery from the rear compartment to the front on my 1970 Overlander. I've seen on newer models that they have a compartment door on the front -- can anyone confirm which parts would be required to create this?

It looks like:
* Battery compartment face frame (Battery Compartment Face Frame 100286 [100286] - $119.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!)
* Battery box door casting (Battery Box Door Casting 100287 [100287] - $87.10 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!)
* Door support cable x 2 (Door Support Cable Battery Box 380238 [380238] - $8.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!)
* Plastic battery box (Plastic Battery Box for 1977 thru 1981 200276 [200276] - $34.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!)

Is this all I need? Just cut a hole and buck it in?

Alex
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:41 AM   #2
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The earlier model trailer, and for that matter, all of the trailers have the battery mounted close to the DC power distribution panel. Unless you also intend to move the DC power distribution panel and all it's wiring, I think it's a bad idea to move the battery, because of voltage drop in the wiring and potential damage/shorts to the wiring.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:43 AM   #3
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Hi Steve,

I'm at the no panels no floor stage right now so it's the right time to make these decisions

As I'm completely rewiring I can put the DC panel wherever the battery ends up.

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Old 05-23-2014, 02:41 PM   #4
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Alex,
I have everything you listed except the box.
It cam from my Argosy so it was painted.
You will need to strip and polish.
It also is missing the key.

$50 plus shipping

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Old 06-16-2014, 07:14 AM   #5
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Alex, I have the door w/key from a 1977 Trade Wind. I am using a sealed Battery and also rewired much of the DC system. I no longer have outside access to my battery. It is aluminum and in good shape except it will also need to be polished. All I have is the door, not sure what happened to the other parts. If the parts from GeocamperAS will not work, let me know and we can come to a reasonable arrangement.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:27 AM   #6
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We put our batteries inside the trailer in the front between the 2 recliners we installed there. The batteries are inside the table between the recliners in a sealed box with outside vents installed. They are AGM batteries so don't really need the box our vents actually, but we decided to err on the side of safety. The table can be lifted off as needed to access the batteries. It is in our "Little Girl Refurb" thread under 1972 Sovereigns.

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Old 06-17-2014, 11:30 AM   #7
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That's also a neat idea. Would save us cutting an access door. I'll take a look at the thread - but do you have a link to the vent you used?
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Ya know, one of these days I'm going to map out where everything is in our thread so that when someone asks about something, I can say "Why it's right in post blah-de-blah". Until then, I have to hunt our thread to find stuff!
Post 433 shows the battery box and the vents which came from Western Marine. I'm not good with posting links and Chris is out of town on business, so please forgive.
Post 483 shows the table Chris built for the batteries.
Hope that helps!

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