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Old 10-03-2008, 07:47 AM   #1
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Hello again, I have another question for you experienced egg campers. I have a 13' Burro. It currently does not have a battery system and I wish to install one. My question is where should it go? I have looked up old plans for the Burro and have found that it originally may have been under the farthest rear seat. However, I hear a lot of talk about it being moved to the tongue of the trailer. I have 2 20lb tanks on the front and am not sure if this will weight it down to much. My other concern is if I find one battery is not enough and need two. Any suggestions or coments would be appreciated.

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Old 10-03-2008, 10:10 AM   #2
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Adam, even if you put the battery in a front cubby hole you WILL be adding extra weight to the tongue, so in the interest of health/safety, I'd suggest an outdoor mount in a plastic case designed for that purpose. Leave the cubbyholes free for other necessities!!!. If you decide on an inside placement, I might suggest something like an 'Optima' battery. They are sealed and gelled so that they may be used in any position, which MAY help you decide WHERE to place the power supply. The two 20 lb'ers on the tongue?? Do you really need that much propane? You can really reduce your tongue weight by downsizing these tanks or even going to one small one if you only plan to use the gas for emergency heating/cooking usages. (....just FYI)
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:34 AM   #3
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The two 20 lb'ers on the tongue?? Do you really need that much propane? You can really reduce your tongue weight by downsizing these tanks or even going to one small one if you only plan to use the gas for emergency heating/cooking usages. (....just FYI)
I am new to camping in an Egg, so I am not sure what my consumption will be. The propane will be used mostly for the Fridge and heater/furnace when reguired. I plan on putting a quick disconenct outside the trailer to plug a portable bbq in. There may be times when I would be using the trailer with no hook ups for 4-5 days. That's how it came and I just assumed that's what I needed. Any idea of average consumption?
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:10 AM   #4
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Just to clarify what Doug mentioned - batteries outgas while charging unless they are sealed which is why he is recommending them if you do an interior install.

We have a single tank on our current trailer and a single battery. We did a 10 day dry campout (no hookups) this summer. I run both my exterior cookstove and a Weber Q bbq off the propane tank as well as the interior stove and fridge. I found that cooking for 5-8 people emptied the tank in around 5 days - we did a lot of BBQ's which suck back the propane. The fridge itself is fairly frugal. We were chinzy with the 12v lights and the battery handled the 10 days no problem.

So in summary unless you are planning on long dry camps away from propane sources I would stick with 1 tank and 1 battery on a 13' trailer.
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:17 PM   #5
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Hi, we just bought a 1974 Trillium (13') and love her. The propane tank is held on my bungee cords and the battery is in a large, oddly shaped container on the tongue as well. Would anyone be willing to show or tell me how these two can be placed outside in a safer, more correct position?
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:13 PM   #6
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With a single battery and propane tank you can either put them side by side or in front of each other (with the propane tank generally in the back). We had our battery installed in front because our tank had a solid mounting. Here's the links to some pics:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...c=30146&hl=
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:28 PM   #7
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Hi, we just bought a 1974 Trillium (13') and love her. The propane tank is held on my bungee cords and the battery is in a large, oddly shaped container on the tongue as well. Would anyone be willing to show or tell me how these two can be placed outside in a safer, more correct position?
-Liz & Jola
WHATEVER YOU DO.....GET RID OF THAT BUNGEE CORDED PROPANE DEVICE!!!

Its just not safe enough secured to the trailer like that...
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:56 PM   #8
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WHATEVER YOU DO.....GET RID OF THAT BUNGEE CORDED PROPANE DEVICE!!!

Its just not safe enough secured to the trailer like that...
No kidding, here's a topic worth reading: Propane Tank hold-down
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:50 PM   #9
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I put our batterie box on the tongue by welding on a couple of pieces of angle iron to hold it in place and I now use a ratchet strap to hold it even more securely. The propane tank can't move with the straps and screw downs and it makes it less likely to walk off with some passer by. The extra padlock is for our little 10 lb tank and a chain that we use on the coleman stove just to keep it in camp.
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:52 PM   #10
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:27 PM   #11
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We were thinking of adding a "cage" to put the battery and possibley the propane tank inside on the toung... but I can not seem to find any online that are cage style, only tool boxes. Anyone know what I am looking for? Maybe I am not calling it the right name.

If we can't add something like that, how do you secure a battery to the toung? Our propane tank would be in front.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:49 PM   #12
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Just to stray a little bit, my buddy, where we're camped, has spent a lot of time worrying about somebody stealing the battery, located in a plastic box on the rear bumper of the Escape. I messed around with a cable lock, but gave that up when it became apparent that the cable could just be slipped over the cover.

So, my main question is, is battery theft a problem? And, if it is, what have you done to prevent it?

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Old 10-03-2008, 10:43 PM   #13
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IMHO:
IF you are concerned about battery theft, you'd better be worried also about propane tank theft as well. The BEST locks/security devices are only meant to keep out the HONEST thieves.
CAN'T go through life feeling paranoid about EVERYTHING.
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All locks can be picked. Campers are very honest.
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