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Old 04-11-2016, 01:37 PM   #1
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How Best to Add (Secure) a Second Battery

Hello to All:

I have a 2014 Coachmen Clipper Ultra-Lite 17FQ that I recently purchased and I have a second battery from my previous trailer that I was able to have two batteries on the tongue frame, side-by-side.

Unfortunately, the design on this particular model of Coachmen Clipper has the gas line going into the trailer right in the way of where a second battery could be installed (Aargh!)

My current plan is to just put the second battery on a wood or plastic platform and connect it to the main battery on the tongue frame. Of course, this means disconnecting it too when I go to de-camp.

Any ideas or suggestions about how I can have my two batteries connected up without having to do this connect-disconnect process each time I camp?

It may just be what it is, but if there's a good mod out there I could try, I'm willing!

Thanks All!
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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Do you have room for the tool box mod?
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Worked for me if i want to add a 2nd battery

Some photos of what you have to work with might help with ideas.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:57 PM   #3
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I have been researching two batteries for my new trailer.

In numerous places I have read that using two batteries of different age and condition is a poor idea. They will constantly try to equalize their voltage causing wear. I am sure somebody will set me straight though.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:17 AM   #4
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Hi Dale! Thanks for the pic and that looks like a great idea! I actually will be picking up the trailer from the dealer this Saturday, so I will have to do some measurements to see what spacing I have to work with.


Do you know of the details behind how this toolbox in the pic was installed and secured? I would be very interested to learn more about this mod!


Thanks again!
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I honestly cannot say I know this about the two batteries of different age and make issue but it makes sense.


Still, just knowing a good AND convenient way to have two batteries secured would be very helpful!
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In numerous places I have read that using two batteries of different age and condition is a poor idea.
Ditto - a gross mismatch can even defeat the purpose of installing a second battery. For max effectiveness, purchase two new batteries of the same group and capacity.
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If you posted pics of your tongue, it might help with suggestions.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:45 AM   #8
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Hi Mark,
We'll since I installed it on our trailer I know just how this one was done. Some use U bolts thru the box around the frame. I used self tapper's and fender washers, 3 on a side. Then put a layer of 1/4" plywood on the bottom to firm up the base. There are 2 types of boxes that can be had at Lowe's or Home Depot. 1 is a small truck box with wings that would sit on the bed rails, the other is a side box that has a cut out if you have less space. I used the first one. Do a search for tool box and lots will come up.
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There are a bazillion tool boxes and types. Google them, find the one you want that will fit, then google where to get it cheapest. Look around.

I just took one off of my wife's truck (Yes, my wife drives a truck! ) They come with little u-bolt type things that are made to go through the bed stake holes of a pickup. But they might work for the rails of the trailer frame.

If not, and if this thing is going to stay on forever (I assume it will) then I wouldn't hesitate to cut two holes in bottom of tool box to match trailer rails, cut holes in them too, bolt on with Grade 5 bolts and HD fender washers, and cover the bolts and the top and bottom with good marine silicone, and call it good.
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Thanks a bunch, Dale! I'll be looking into this for sure after I pick up the trailer this weekend!


I appreciate everyone's replies and input--thank you all!
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