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Old 06-07-2017, 10:35 AM   #1
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Battery relocation

I am planning to upgrade the batteries with a series of 6V Golf cart batteries.

Instead of building a box and put it at the A-frame, I am thinking to put these batteries under the U-Dinette. What do you think? Is that safe to do so? Any pro and con? Thanks.
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Beyond the minor issue of moving around the weight the biggest problem I see is venting.

When batteries are charged they can release some nasty gasses and you wouldn't want to have that in the living quarters.

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Ventilation would be my primary concern, unless you are planning to use fully sealed batteries like lithium. Even my "sealed" AGM car battery (mounted inside the passenger compartment) has a special venting system. Most batteries produce explosive gasses, and need to be well ventilated; perhaps if you add some exterior venting to the side of the trailer?
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Venting, rewiring the runs to the converter, tongue jack and the breakaway box.

Personally, I wouldn't want the gasses and acid inside my living space.
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Old 06-07-2017, 01:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the information. I will leave it outside.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:01 PM   #6
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Agree with the masses here. I would not want batteries on the interior of my camper.

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I have the dual 6v on mine. I bought a single box sized for two batteries and welded up a frame to mount it. Works well:

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Resurrecting an old thread...

I would not be afraid of putting AGM batteries in a living space. BMW puts their batteries in the passenger cabin, under a plastic cover in the trunk. I always thought they used some exotic venting system. Guess what? It's basically a piece of nylon vacuum tubing that goes through a grommet to under the car.

But putting regular old SLA batteries in a living space? Absolutely no way.

We haven't purchased our Jayco yet, but I'd really like to relocate the battery when I get it, and I'm wondering about the electrical and structural logistics.
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Of course depending what trailer you have it may be slightly different than mine (19x).

Mine has a single lead from the battery to about midway down the left side a-frame then it splits into three wires. These three all go up through the seating with all of the trailer wiring (signals, and lighting). when I started working on the floor I realized the feed wire to from battery to this three way split was only a 14g at most. I changed it out for a 6g then put that into a circuit breaker. From there to a distribution block (both parts mainly used in stereo installs).
So depending on where you put the battery you may have to run a single long wire from battery to this three way junction.
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