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Old 03-25-2016, 04:58 PM   #1
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Relocating the battery

Who has done it and where did you put it?

I was thInking about changing to two 6V batteries. The problem is location. I was going to put them under the curbside twin bed but the furnace ducting is in the way. That would have been a good location because of the hatch access panel and hooking up a solar suitcase.

My next choice is to but them under the street side twin and run the cables under the floor over to the converter. Through conduit or a Pex pipe. Not ideal because of charging, but I'm opening up the belly pan anyway to install a gray water tank.

Ideas?
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:58 PM   #2
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Can you give an hint on the size of trailer and floor plan, where the battery(s) are now?

On my 25' the battery was in a battery box, the front right side behind the Gaucho with the converter and also the fuse box. The box stuck into the trailer 10".

I opted to go with a Li-ion battery the size of a group 24. It is sealed and therefore can be put inside the trailer. It puts out four times the power of the original battery. It now sit behind the Gaucho or if we decide to remove the Gaucho it can be placed in a cabinet that will be used support the living space furniture.

I have a rear bed model so moving the battery that far would means going up to 2/0 battery cables.
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:59 PM   #3
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I have a 71 Sovereign and the flooded battery in in the back under the bathroom. My goal was to get that weight closer to the axles and also get more amp hours.
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:11 PM   #4
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On the little girl build, they replaced the hard metal ducting with round flexible ducts, you could do something similar.

Another option would be to recess the batteries into the floor similar to how my water control valves were originally installed.


If you keep the stock ducting, have you considered building a frame out of angle iron, then putting the batteries up on that skid so you could slide them forward toward the wheel well?

I'm hoping to get 2 group 65 AGM dep cycle batteries into mine when the time comes. And I am also worried about weight distribution.

I am curious to know what sort of solar kit you decided to go with.
Have you started a thread on it?
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:57 PM   #5
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Would you consider modifying the belly of your AS?
While searching for rear sag repair, I stumbled onto a thread about solar panels, and one of the replies had this picture
Flexible Solar panels... Opinions? -- AirForums


I'm going to have to look into this for my own, it would be nice to have a drop down/slide out tray.
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:08 PM   #6
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That battery box looks great but a lot of work. So much easier to but them inside, for me.

The only thing I've read about flexible solar panels is that they cost more $$ than the regular panels and don't put out as much.
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