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Old 07-25-2017, 07:55 PM   #11
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Nicely done.

I'm currently boondocking in a tiny trailer with no room for permanent install of a battery bank like that. But I'm guessing I could build something that goes in the bed of the truck and have some kind of heavy duty cable\connector that could extend a few feet and plug in somehow?



I know in a datacenter there are UPS systems that allow you to "stack" similar banks of batteries to expand the total supply of offline power.



Sound feasible to any of you 12V boondocking geniuses?
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:03 PM   #12
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:15 PM   #14
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Thanks Tom. I'm betting I can get anything I need from that source. So that takes care of that.

But I'm betting there are some "best practices" to apply to deploying such a system.

Let's assume I build a nice box with the 4 6V batteries and I follow all the suggestions of "matched brand\model\age".
I arrive at camp and disconnect the Toy Hauler from the trucks trailer harness. At that point the RV is running off the OEM single 12V battery.
Would it be possible (and ok) to just add the power of the 4-battery bank to the onboard single battery? Or would it be better to just disconnect from the oem battery and connect to the 4-battery bank?

While I'm typing the question, for some reason I'm convinced it would be better to just switch FROM 1 and TO the other, rather than messing with combing them.

And just to address the second issue that might arise, is there a simple method of connecting the 4-battery bank to the tow vehicle while traveling so that the bank will be getting a charge at the same time the OEM battery is? Or is this yet again introducing potential problems where the OEM battery and 4-bank might not play nice together?

Remember, the only challenge I'm really wanting to overcome is having the 12V boondocking prowess you Big Guys have with your basement full of battery power, without actually permanently mounting the batteries to\in\on the RV.

Thanks again for the help.
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I really can't answer that question. My cents, for what it's worth, is to use the 4 battery bank. Having said that, we loaded the 4 6V batteries into the tub I pictured.......then 3 of us could not lift it. So we had to get a motorcycle ramp and slide it up and into the camper. If I ever need to change batteries I will need to pull them out one at a time. I'm sure someone on here can tell you how to connect them to your TV for charging but remember, when you leave camp your taking your power with you. Good luck.
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Excellent point! I hadn't thought about having the truck anchored to the campsite. Duh

Ok, additional design parameter. Battery Bank Box must be on wheels like a 3000+ generator.

You know, there IS a perfect spot on each side of the toy hauler, just inside the ramp door. (Ramp is not full width)
If it were possible to stack the bank 4 batteries high, or 2 each side for better weight balance.

Just brainstorming. Best to ignore me during this phase.

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Old 01-12-2018, 11:53 PM   #17
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I purchased the Century Plastics 4-battery box with lid; believe this is the one:
https://allbatterysalesandservice.co...atteries-gcq-g

Lid is notched to match case so you can run all of your cables out. Lid is solid which works well for AGM or you can easily drill one or more vent holes.
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Old 01-13-2018, 12:13 AM   #18
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Why do batteries need to be in a sealed, vented box? Batteries are not in boxes in motorhomes. Open the compartment door and they are in a tray but no sealed box. Just wondering.
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I've thought about that as well. The only reason I keep the lids on my boxes is in case of a boil over or explosion of some type. Why motorcaoches are not in boxes is beyond me.
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I've thought about that as well. The only reason I keep the lids on my boxes is in case of a boil over or explosion of some type. Why motorcaoches are not in boxes is beyond me.
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Aren't the coach battery compartments sealed from other compartments and vented. I only have experience with one MH and it was limited, but the compartment was sealed from others and vented.
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