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Old 04-01-2012, 11:06 AM   #1
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Toolbox Battery Mod

So after much screwing around and slowly gathering the parts I needed, I have completed Phase I of my electrical upgrade. Replaced the single 12V Group 24 battery with two new Energizer 6V GC2 batteries from Sams Club. I also took the opportunity to install the new batteries into a side mount toolbox. Got this idea from someone on RV.net (Gilldawg79, I think) and lots of advice from my pal Roy Braddy. Thanks to both of you for the ideas and help.

For now, I am using the old wiring to the converter but Phase II of my plan is to replace that and lay the groundwork for a 1500-2000W pure sine wave inverter that I will install in the forward storage compartment.

Phase III will include the new inverter, power monitoring panel, and completing the replacement of the standard lights with LEDs. I've done a few but I need to just finish that work.

Here is a link for some photos and more detailed comments:

http://s827.photobucket.com/albums/z...view=slideshow
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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I'll be curious to see how the interior of the metal box fares after a few years.

Great job! Very professional install.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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Quahog,

You and I seem to be going down the same paths these days - very nice install. I hadn't thought of a narrower box like that - will have to look around and see what I can find. For now my Energizer GC2's are on the stock battery tray. Your install is way cooler than mine...I'm impressed.

I'll get my blog and pics updated here one of these days

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:53 AM   #4
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Thanks fellas... I do like the way it's all enclosed now. I picked up that box at Lowes... normally goes for $168 but since my oldest daughter works there, she got me a better deal.

Chak, I posted this on another thread and don't know whether you saw it or not but there's some good info here that you may find useful to your 12V write-up:

http://www.rv-dreams.com/rv-electrical.html

Follow the link to Jack Mayer's page for a much more in depth discussion. There's a lot of good info there.
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Wow - that is a very nice write up. I'll be linking it, as well as learning from his writing style

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #6
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Nice job. I miss my toolbox. With the new rounded fronts and a power tongue jack there doesnt seem to be any room on my tongue for a toolbox. I sure would like to to another one. I would surely use some of your ideas. Especially the vents.....Boy what was I thinking? Those flat screens were right next to the ones I got. Again, nice job! I'm proud to see somebody using an idea I posted on here. That's why these forums are great.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:44 PM   #7
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Quahog does good work. On your trip back East you can stop by here and rig mine up with all that fancy stuff (sine wave inverters, LED`S, etc) along with the battery box!
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I will pay off ion crabs, not dollars. Crabs for inverters, crabs for LED`s, crabs for tool box, crabs for labor. Hungry?
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