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Old 06-10-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Eagle dual battery capability

We recently took delivery of our 2013 284BHS. One of the standard features of the Eagle TT's, is the ability to have twin batteries. What they don't tell you, is the front battery on the front A frame can't be a group 27 or larger battery. Anything larger than a group 24 box won't fit. You can see how the battery box mounting rails are tapered at the front making it too narrow in the front for anything longer than a group 24 box.
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When I worked as a parts guy at a RV dealer, I found out that a extra HD group 31 battery would fit into a group 27 battery box. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best way to go if you think you might go rustic (no hook-ups) sometime. But the front battery position on my Eagle wouldn't accept a group 27 battery box. So I figured if it wouldn't fit, I'd make it fit. So I cut the right and left side pieces and added a new front part that would accommodate a group 27 box.
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As you can see, I have secured both my rather expensive batteries with a pair of BD Battery lock bars. And yes getting both of them on there took quite a bit of head scratching and wrestling with them.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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Where there is a will there is a way!! Well done. My Eagle is the old style frame with the batteries behind the tanks and I have two 6 volts.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:30 PM   #3
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Kent, I remember one of my neighbors using a bull dozer battery with his trailer. Can't remember what the actual size was but just remember it being big and heavy. I guess that is a power jack I see in the picture. It would be a workout cranking these up by hand.
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Murphey - you do not have stay within the boundaries of the trailer tongue. My install extends out on both sides of the trailer tongue using 1-inch angle strips I added to support the battery cases. I have enough room for four batteries sitting side by side extending out in both directions of the trailer tongue... This photo only shows three but I have room for four batteries now after extending my 1-inch angles out farther.


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Old 06-11-2013, 08:25 AM   #5
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Kent,

Nice clean installation on the battery capacity upgrade!

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Seems all the newer models trailers have a very cramped front section. Good job shoe horning those on there!
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Nice job there Roy. You've spared no expense when it comes to switching I see. I've read recently there has been a new development in solar cells. At the Univercity where they designed the current models they redesigned the gates of the cells so they will be able to capture energy on days when it is cloudy. These should be coming to market in the next few years. I think by then my wife will be retired and there will be times solar power will be something we will need. Btw I do enjoy reading your posts.
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I have the same trailer and solved the problem in an almost identical way. My problem was a bit worse because I have 6V Trojan batteries - so I needed 2 in order to get a 12V circuit!!

I just welded two short pieces of L bracket onto the tongue in front of the standard battery holder. Works like a charm!
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Tail_gunner, Nice job. I'll be sure to take note when I get ready to do the same on our 284BHS.
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