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Old 05-06-2020, 08:10 AM   #1
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Iím wanting to update my Jayco Jay Flight SLX 267bhsw battery. I currently have the cheap group 27 battery that came from the dealer. I discharged it to much and now it wonít hold a change well. Iím wanting to put 2 6volt batteries in its place. The only problem is I would like to use the original battery bracket on the tongue. Iím not sure I have the room. Has anyone out there make this change with this trailer and how did you do it.

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Jhindman,

Welcome to JOF

I'm sure someone with an 'SLX' will reply shortly..., but I have a couple questions;

* What year SLX is your 267BHSW?

* Are your battery brackets on top of the A-frame or set-down between the A-frame?

I have a 2018 Jay Flight and I have two 6V deep cycle batteries set-down between the A-frame. I use two separate battery boxes and it's a real "snug" fit due to the handles on the boxes. I could have used a single dual battery box (save space) in lieu of two separate boxes, but I remove my batteries often between trips (TT in public storage).

Note, I found that the measured distance inside the A-frame (at battery bracket location) on my Jay Flight TT was less than my prior Eagle TT. I also had to re-route the wire bundle under the support brackets.



I couldn't incorporate my battery support rails across the top of the A-frame due to the diamond plate and LP tank locations.

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Old 05-06-2020, 09:23 AM   #3
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Jhindman,

Welcome to JOF

I'm sure someone with an 'SLX' will reply shortly..., but I have a couple questions;

* What year SLX is your 267BHSW?

* Is your battery brackets on top of the A-frame or set-down between the A-frame?

I have a 2018 Jay Flight and I have two 6V deep cycle batteries set-down between the A-frame. I use two separate battery boxes and it's a real "snug" fit.



I couldn't incorporate battery support rails across the top of the A-frame due to the diamond plate and LP tanks interference.

Bob
Thanks for the reply.

Itís a 2019 and the battery bracket is set between the a frame.

There is not a lot of room. My current group 27 box barely fits height wise.
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Welcome to the forum!

Here are a couple of simple dual GC2 battery boxes that might work for you. At least you can look at their dimensions and measure your existing space to confirm that. I've got the Century Plastics one on my trailer:

Century Plastics Dual GC2 Battery Box

Camco Dual GC2 Battery Box
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snip......There is not a lot of room. My current group 27 box barely fits height wise.
Very similar 'cramped' space condition as my Jay Flight....., my battery box top is angled allowing for some removal wiggle room, your top at the back is squared off.

Do you know the 'inside' measurement lengths (between the A-frame) of your battery support rails?

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Thanks. I was looking at this box but only the inside specs are listed. Not sure on the outside specs. I have an email asking that question to the company but no reply yet.
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Very similar 'cramped' space condition as my Jay Flight....., my battery box top is angled allowing for some removal wiggle room, your top at the back is squared off.

Do you know the 'inside' measurement lengths (between the A-frame) of your battery support rails?

Bob

So the max width of the base of the box has to be 7 9/16th to fit and the length is max 25 inches.


Best I can tell the max heigh is around 11.6 inches. (This is harder because the camper is rounded there and hard to get exact).
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I have a 26BH, and did the upgrade you're planning. The battery supports for the group 27 12v were located under the A frame like your's. Even if the pair of 6v's would have fit on the existing support, I wouldn't have trusted it with the weight of a pair of heavier batteries. Also, being located underneath, if one weld fails, your batteries are going to contact the pavement. Located on top, you'd avoid catastrophe.

I had a local shop weld more robust angle iron to the top of the A frame (cost 45 bucks). My two 6v's are in separate battery boxes.

Based on your photos, you could pursue mounting the batteries on top. Looks like it might be possible if you were to locate the batteries further forward on the A frame. Easiest way to determine would likely be to hold a 6v battery case in place and see if it clears.
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So the max width of the base of the box has to be 7 9/16th to fit and the length is max 25 inches.

Best I can tell the max heigh is around 11.6 inches. (This is harder because the camper is rounded there and hard to get exact).
For reference, my shortest length battery support bracket is located at 24" between the A-frame, the longest support bracket is 30 1/2" between the A-frame. The battery brackets are welded to the 'bottom' of the 6" tall rectangular A-frame steel tubes.

The width of my 6V battery box is 7 5/16" X 11 3/4" tall to the flat surface of the box cover. Referencing my pic in prior post, the angles on the box cover provide clearance at diamond plate. Battery box width fits fine on my brackets.

Note: My Interstate 6V deep cycle batteries are taller than my prior standard single RV dealer 12V Marine/Deep Cycle battery.

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For reference, my shortest length battery support bracket is located at 24" between the A-frame, the longest support bracket is 30 1/2" between the A-frame. The battery brackets are welded to the 'bottom' of the 6" tall rectangular A-frame steel tubes.

The width of my 6V battery box is 7 5/16" X 11 3/4" tall to the flat surface of the box cover. Referencing my pic in prior post, the angles on the box cover provide clearance at diamond plate. Battery box width fits fine on my brackets.

Note: My Interstate 6V deep cycle batteries are taller than my prior standard single RV dealer 12V Marine/Deep Cycle battery.

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Thanks for the info. Sounds like your set up will work for me. Have you noticed any issue structurally with the brackets holding up the extra weight.
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snip......Have you noticed any issue structurally with the brackets holding up the extra weight.
No...., and had the same setup on my '05' Eagle TT for years without incident.

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No...., and had the same setup on my '05' Eagle TT for years without incident.

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With your batteries in the boxes what is the height The height of the boxes is my largest concern.
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With your batteries in the boxes what is the height The height of the boxes is my largest concern.
Mine are 11 3/4" tall with the box cover in place over my Interstate 6V batteries (see note below).

Not all 6V batteries and 6V battery boxes are created equal, confirm all heights and compatibility of each.

NOTE: Upon placing my Interstate 6V batteries into the two 6V battery boxes I purchased I found that the battery was 1/4" taller than the top edge of the battery box. Fortunately the design of the battery box cover allowed for the cover to rest firmly at different points around the outer surface of the battery just as it would around the top of the battery box, without interfering with the connection terminals and cables. This 1/4" height difference is included in the 11 3/4" overall battery box height.

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