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Old 10-05-2003, 02:59 PM   #1
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Question Upgrading my CCD to dual batteries

Having read some threads today on solar (already have it, and it kept our single 12V alive for 3.5 days of dry camping) and Honda generators (lusting after a 3000i), I think my next step actually ought to be replacing my single battery for two. Anybody out there done an upgrade?

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Old 05-19-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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I don't have any answers but have a 1985 25' Soverign with one battery and would like to add another 12v. I am thinking of adding another factory battery box on the street side like some of the longer models but haven't checked out the installation or wiring necessary.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:04 PM   #3
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My previous Safari had been upgraded to 2- 12v batteries. When they were due for replacement I put in 2- 6v batteries. Worked great, and I'm considering upgrading my current trailer.
You'll have to modify your hold-down bracket or find a new location for the second battery. If you go with AGM batteries, it's my understanding that you can put them inside.
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My 16' CCD came with a single group 24 battery. I replaced it with a group 27 battery (it fit in the same space as the original, with a new plastic battery box, with some modifications). I bought a second group 27 at the same time.

If I'm going someplace with hook ups, I am fine with the single group 27. When I go dry camping, I take the second battery and change it out when the 1st gets dischared. During cold weather when I may need both to get through a night with lots of furnace time, I cable the 2nd battery to the first for more capacity overnight.

If I go for longer than the two batteries can last, I take along my Hond EU1000 generator and a good battery charger, that can get the batteries back to 80% with minimal generator time.

The upside of this approach - no big trailer mods, don't carry the extra weight when I don't need it, flexibility, minimal cost.

The downside - there is more lifting the batteries around when I need to take two.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:48 PM   #5
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Ken started this thread in 2003. I've know Ken about two years now and I have camped with him several times. I don't know if he did the upgrade or not. I do know that he does not have the trailer or the truck he had then.


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Old 05-19-2008, 10:15 PM   #6
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:41 AM   #7
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I had a customer trade in a 2006 Airstream International CCD 22' with two AGM batteries and Solar. I took photos of it when the trailer was here. I think it was a lot easier doing the modification on the 2006-2007 models because Airstream relocated the LP bottles closer to the electric hitch jack.

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Old 05-20-2008, 07:58 AM   #8
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Interesting. My 27 FB came with 2 batteries in a metal case that hangs behind the tanks. With that, I would think AS could ship you the same box to be tack welded into place.
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