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Old 05-21-2013, 07:39 PM   #281
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Thanks again Jim, we do appreciate the info. I did think about the consequences of mounting the battery on the outside.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #282
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Yeah seems this is going to be a problem finding a place to securely and safely fit the batteries. Its too bad that Optimum didn't make all their batteries with a port for a hose since space is at a premium in most boats and camper's/ caravan's.


Mimi were you able to fit one of those vented battery boxes in the dinette?
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:33 PM   #283
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Its too bad that Optimum didn't make all their batteries with a port for a hose since space is at a premium in most boats and camper's/ caravan's.
I agree, but the Group 34 size seems to exist mostly for automotive applications (in a red-top starting form) for which this size is a very common fit, and which are usually in well-vented underhood locations. The larger Group 27 and Group 31 seem better suited for RV use, although of course in any size a deep-cycle version would be the RV choice. Of course, a pair of the bigger ones might not fit, but a lot of trailers would likely find a single Group 31 (Optima D31) adequate and much easier to package than two Group 34s; one D31 would still have more capacity than the stock Group 24 size in my Boler.
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I think if I was able to sell my 2 batteries I might consider that... but not sure if anyone would buy used batteries at a fair enough price. Now I do have a thought.


I wonder if the battery boxes would fit in here. Opposite of where they are now... or 1 battery in a vented box in here and 1 in its original spot. I would need to take mesurements.
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Deryk, I did think about that but didn't like the idea have having it around propane. Probably would be OK since the pilot is near the outside, but I did like your idea better under dinette seat. I know that it takes up room.
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It probably wouldn't be a problem and they could still be vented out the back of the ParkLiner away from any pilot light. I dont leave the hot water heater on, I use it and shut it off (not sure if they consume alot of propane or not) If I went outside to light it and smelled sulphor I would start looking around to see whats wrong.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:49 AM   #287
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Derek, unfortunately not even just one of the boxes fit in the compartment, it's just too wide with everything else in there. I thought about reloc to the opposite compartment too, but the propane water heater worries me too much.

The custom box we built is not slotting into the space assembled, so we will try taking a different approach, putting it in partially assembled and then finishing up and sealing within the compartment. The remaining option left for us, having the sealed boxes under the dinette bench is starting to look more attractive. I feel the same as you and Thom: If I'd known them what I know now, we'd simply gone with the sealed 27's with the vent holes/tubes. C'est la vie!
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Has anyone considered going to one propane bottle and moving one of the batteries to the tongue? That might open up enough space to put the remaining inside battery in a vented box.

Tongue weight would be about the same....

I've always traveled with one (main) propane tank only. I carry a one-gallon spare for those "just in case" events, but even during heating season a tank will last me five days, and that includes cooking and refrigeration. The battery sits alongside the tank on the tongue, and is locked down with the same lock that secures the tank.

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Thanks Francesca. I like this idea as an alternative. It's good to have additional options on the table.
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Swap out the 20lb steel tank for a 30lb fiberglass tank, almost as much propane as the 2 tanks and you can tell how much propane you have left. Im not considering the option of moving a battery outside... theft.
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It's very easy to lock down a battery...


Another thing to consider, Mimi, (and perhaps simplest of all), is Brian's advice per a single bigger battery. The Parkliner isn't an all-electric rig like Snoozy and Eggcamper- does it really need two batteries?

I guess only the owners can decide that, and given their particular needs.

But if one battery is deemed sufficient and putting it on the tongue is chosen, it would solve a lot of safety/access issues and open up interior storage space to boot!

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Swap out the 20lb steel tank for a 30lb fiberglass tank, almost as much propane as the 2 tanks and you can tell how much propane you have left. Im not considering the option of moving a battery outside... theft.
You're not worried about somebody stealing the fiberglass tank?
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My Scamp has the battery on the front tongue as have all the other Scamps I have seen. None of them were locked . If battery theft is such a common concern and problem "Why doesn't Scamp provide a locked battery case from the factory"
I would believe that safety is a bigger concern than theft .
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Not to mention the tendency to leave the tow vehicle outside.
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