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Posted: 04/23/06 07:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've got a 19' 1978 Wilderness Travel Trailer.

The single 12V wasn't cutting it - that was after going through 2 batteries. When we camp - it's often dry camping.

So, I got two 6 volt batteries, and modifed the front end of the trailer to make room for them. Basically I cut off the two cross pieces and the forward piece of angle. Then I shortened the cut off piece of angle and moved it forward.

Installed some 3/16" plate steel(11"x16") between the two pieces of angle. Why such thick steel? I hard a larger sheet of it kicking around, and honestly, is adding weight to the tongue a bad thing? [emoticon]

For the sides I used some 1.25x.120 bar I had kicking around. Drilled 3 holes, and welded 3 1/4" nuts to the back side. Then I welded the bar to the end of the plate and the rest of the angle.

Followed by some paint.

The nuts are going to be used to attach a battery box I will build next. I'm debating plexi glass (painted) or wood. Sheetmetal I could do, but would rather not having anything that could short out the batteries near the terminals. The top of the box will still be hinged for regular access. The box will unbolt to make battery removal easier.

The battery tiedowns, I'll make next. Will post pictures up after I make them.

Tools required:
Various wrenches
Welder
Torch
Grinder
Wire Crimpers

Here's pics:
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After it's all done - pressure wash the camper and re-paint thhe tongue.


1998 Chevy Crew Cab 4500 4x4 454, Auto, 4.10 Gears
2003 Nomad M-308 (30', bunks, 14' slide)
Prodigy P3 Brake Controller


brad_smith1948

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Posted: 04/23/06 08:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks good and probably work very well.
Cangrats
Brad


Brad Smith
2007 Dodge DRW diesel
2004 Weekend Warrior LE 3105
1982 23' prowler


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