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Chuck_S

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Posted: 02/18/06 07:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone with a Roo 23SS or similar size trailer have some photos of how the dual battery boxes are secured to the trailer tongue. It's 20°F today and the trailer is pretty much completely covered so I can't check what the tongue looks like.

I've seen a couple of photos of the batteries sitting side by side on the tongue in front of the LP tanks, but I can't determine what's under them as far as frame work, etc.

If you're working on this part of your trailer I'd appreciate a couple of photos. I've got two new Trojan T125 batteries just finished charging in the basement and the boxes ready to go, I just need to start planning the physical mounting. The battery currently on the trailer will go into my small motorboat to start the Honda 50hp 4-stroke outboard.

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Chuck - I replaced my single battery box with a toolbox for storage. On my HTT the batteries sit behind the propane tanks and there is a double battery tray mounted across the A frame. Since we always stay where there are hookups, I saw this area a place to gain storage. The single battery is inside toolbox.

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Chuck,

Are you still thinking about getting the hard plastic cover to cover the batteries and tanks? If so, I just don't see a way two will fit on my 21SS. I carry the second battery in a toolbox mounted elsewhere.


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Posted: 02/18/06 04:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chuck,
We have 2 batteries on ours, they are turned 180 degrees and placed side by side, with a little hanging off of each side. I didn't pull them out to see how they were attached. see pic 41 on webshots.


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Chuck,

I was thinking that if I go to two 6V batteries I would mount them in the same place as the stock one. Here are a couple links to some dual-battery boxes that I would consider for mounting there.

http://www.solarseller.com/battery_boxes_by_quick_cable.htm

http://www.alliedbattery.com/boxes.htm

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Trojan batteries are made in California -- a long ways from California, Maryland, though. I ordered the T125s, which are the same physical size as T105s but with more amp hours, from the local golf cart/lawn equipment store.

Try this link for the battery source. I entered your ZIP code. Looks like a 50 mile drive.

I was told 8 weeks to order but they were here in a month. The were $90 something each with low profile screw terminals (not automobile posts). I didn't take the time to price shop.

Try this link for the individual GC-2 boxes. They're $12.59 each plus freight.

I've emailed a source for a side by side white dual GC-2 box. Have to see if they reply next week. They also have a white end to end box.

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Thanks, Chuck. I make it up to Pentagon on a regular basis, so I'll have to stop by one of the 2 sources near there.

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I must have saved the source on my office PC. GC2 batteries, like the Trojan T105 and T125, have the same footprint as Group 24 batteries -- but are an inch taller. I paid about $26 + UPS for a pair of the taller GC2 boxes and intend to put them side by side on the tongue as shown in Mike & Jill's (and other's) photos.

Just wondering what's under the boxes, that's all; what holds the batteries to the frame. 9°F today!

The $100 box-for-two may get consideration after I see how these work. I need room inside for a 500 amp shunt so my Trimetric 2020 amp hour meter can do its job. I also need room to connect some big cables so I can run a 2500 watt inverter to handle a few minutes a day of my microwave and coffee maker during the times quiet hours prevent the generator from running.

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Pics below. The boxes are attached with large sheet metal screws through the boxes and into the coupler plating. There is a metal plate that is part of the coupler that provides ample room to attach two boxes. Be careful to stay inside the frame unless you want to break a couple of unworthy bits (like I did). Be sure to drill a couple of holes for water to drain as well.

Where'd you get your 125's and boxes? I want to replace my G24's.

This spring, I am going to move the propane tanks in front and the batts in back in one of those large plastic storage units. Have to replace the jack with electric or a front crank type. If it ain't broke, it should be and needs fixin'.

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