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Old 05-10-2015, 07:53 AM   #1
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Moving batteries inside

Hi everyone,

I own a 2007 Sunset trail. I don't know about the more recent models but mine packs the battery on the trailer tongue, outside.

I was planing on adding a second battery but was thinking I could move them inside where the weather could not get at them. Also I didn't want to deal with the hassle of having to fit them outside, I cannot find proper storage boxes for two that fits at this time.

So I discovered that the main electric cables seems to all end under one of the kitchen table's seat. I suspect I could just uncover the right ones, sit my batteries in a proper case and that's it. Only I have one concern: the gas heater is also housed under that seat...

Batteries emit gasses when charging and having a flame nearby is usually a bad idea. Although in this case the furnace's fire and sparks are vented and connected with the outside.

Anyone of you have tried that already?
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:15 AM   #2
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I would think that it is a bad idea....for a number of reasons.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:42 AM   #3
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I wouldn't. There should be plenty of room on the tongue and they make individual battery boxes that you could still wire them in parallel.
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Myself, I would never ever consider putting the flooded cell batteries inside a camper. Not only do you run the risk of an explosion, but also the smell that comes off of them when they are charging is not anything I would want to be subjected to.

I have seen where they have used the AGM battery inside, but those are a gel cell, and completely sealed.
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Try this link them make all types of boxes
You can even just use 1 8D battery
Todd Battery Box - Double Battery Box | 84-1480 | Boat Depot
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Not to hijack op's question but, living in Fl & our rain forest rains i need to mty the battery box after these rains. Anything wrong with drilling drain holes in bottom of box? Location is on tounge behind lp tanks.
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Not to hijack op's question but, living in Fl & our rain forest rains i need to mty the battery box after these rains. Anything wrong with drilling drain holes in bottom of box? Location is on tounge behind lp tanks.
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Not a thing wrong with that idea. In fact it's a good idea for outside battery boxes.
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Thanks Lloyd, didn't think so but u guys havemuch more experience towing.
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I drilled several holes in each of our battery boxes. It works great.


I added a second battery to the tongue A frame. I found the second battery would not fit in the original battery area. I added brackets I had lying around the garage to lift the battery up and over the trailer frame. I mounted the brackets to the original battery trailer holder and bolted the battery box to these brackets. No holes were drilled into the actual trailer frame.
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Not to hijack op's question but, living in Fl & our rain forest rains i need to mty the battery box after these rains. Anything wrong with drilling drain holes in bottom of box? Location is on tounge behind lp tanks.
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