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Old 03-02-2009, 08:32 AM   #15
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I added a 2nd battery under the passenger side front dinette seat, in front of the access port cabinet. It's closed off from items in that access cabinet, yet accessable by lifting the cushion and seat. I installed a fuse and manual shutoff switch then ran number 8 wire inside the front panel wall across to the converter, and paralleled the other existing battery line. The battery box is fastened with nylon rope through the wall of the cabinet.
Since I installed an Xantrex Link 20 monitoring system, I had to rewire the existing battery on the tongue to number 8 wire and isolate the tap-offs so the lines came back to the converter, where both battery grounds go through a dual negative line meter shunt. The battery on that side even helps to balance the weight better, as the fridge and black tank are on the other side. It's been like that for a complete season and seems to work fine.
The converter is a Progressive Dynamics Inteli-power PD-9260 with the Charge Wizard.
My Bigfoot 17 is a 1993 CB version.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:30 PM   #16
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Bigfoot Battery Upgrade, Installing two Trojan 6 volt T145 golf cart batteries

I posted my battery upgrade information & pictures in the modifications forum.

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Old 03-03-2009, 01:46 AM   #17
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Bigfoot Battery Upgrade, Installing two Trojan 6 volt T145 golf cart batteries

I posted my battery upgrade information & pictures in the modifications forum.

Dean

That was a lot of work to put together, very concise and well done. I am glad I am not the only one that will benefit from this. I doubt the guys at Camping World are this clever. I am not handy enough to do this, but I like it!!
Again, thanks so much!
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:01 AM   #18
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I am not handy enough to do this, but I like it!!
Again, thanks so much!
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Francine,

You just need a handy welder. With the provided dimensions and pictures a good welder should be able to do his part in less than 6 hours. So, it becomes an expense issue. Hard part was perhaps the design and that's done. I messed with that for about a day. Seems so obvious now.

One does need to remove the shroud and equalizer before taking it to the welder. Then it becomes just labor with the filing of edges, rust removal, cleaning with acetone, priming, and painting and then reassembles.

Anyway, itís another option of a few workable solutions out there. Good luck with your battery upgrade.

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