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Old 02-28-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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We recently bought a 2004 Bigfoot. We mostly camp where we do not plug in. Our previous Bigfoot had 2 batteries but to do it they had taken away the fiberglass cover over the propane and put a plastic cover over them, which looked tacky but worked. We tried to have a tray made to put 2 six volt batteries in a "V" the front of the propane tanks but the guys at camping world say it is too high then to put the fiberglass cover over it. Have any of you managed to put 2 batteries in your Bigfoot, how did you do it, what would you suggest? We could just go tacky again!
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:57 AM   #2
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Have any of you managed to put 2 batteries in your Bigfoot, how did you do it, what would you suggest?
Link to how Bill Abbay modified his Bigfoot for 2 batteries.

I hope this helps.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:26 PM   #3
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This is GREAT, can you send it to me in a file so I can get to the guys trying to do this?
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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The lower tray looks quite low, is it a problem with clearance? I see the guy who modified it is Bill and your name is Fredrick. Is that right? Do you have his name, number etc. We aren't too far to go use him in San Diego? Maybe he's just a good friend, a very good friend. Nicely done. Francine
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That's a very clean, neat, and well done solution!
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:38 PM   #6
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This is GREAT, can you send it to me in a file so I can get to the guys trying to do this?
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Do you mean this?

http://www.frontiernet.net/~arbill/bigfoot/bf_batt.html
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yes, thanks. Did you do this yourself?
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:13 PM   #8
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The frame under my Fiber Stream is too wimpy.

BILL ABBAY is a member on this site. (He was Last Active on 21st November 2008 - 03:18 PM) In the signature line of his profile, he has a link to his Bigfoot 21' and all of the especially clever mods he has done to it. I have aspired to own one of those, and copy his efforts.
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Have you considered just using a larger 12V battery meant for solar such as this one?
http://www.surrette.com/pdf/pdf_surrette/12cs11ps.pdf
This might be too big, but they had quite a few more in various sizes. Maybe even use 3 of their 4V batteries?
It all depends on how much space you have.
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One of the usual reasons to go to two 6V batts is that they are relatively inexpensive at warehouse stores compared to two real deep cycle 12V batts (Most RV dual 12V batts sent with the rigs have El Cheapo batts that aren't as capable or as durable (in terms of charge cycle life) as the 6V golf cart batts).

The usual mounting problem with the 6V batts is their extra height compared to the 12V.
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One of the usual reasons to go to two 6V batts is that they are relatively inexpensive at warehouse stores compared to two real deep cycle 12V batts (Most RV dual 12V batts sent with the rigs have El Cheapo batts that aren't as capable or as durable (in terms of charge cycle life) as the 6V golf cart batts).

The usual mounting problem with the 6V batts is their extra height compared to the 12V.
So, do you think they could fit 2 deep cycle marine batteries in this space?
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:37 AM   #12
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Francine, don't do tacky, there is a much better way.

I installed two Trojan T-145 6 volt batteries, with a capacity of 260 amp hours, on the tongue of my Bigfoot. I did this and still kept the shroud in place, kept two 20lb propane tanks and increased, that's increased not decreased the ground clearance by two inches.

I have been meaning to make a post about it with pictures and dimensions. I will see if I can get that done today.

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Francine, don't do tacky, there is a much better way.

I installed two Trojan T-145 6 volt batteries, with a capacity of 260 amp hours, on the tongue of my Bigfoot. I did this and still kept the shroud in place, kept two 20lb propane tanks and increased, that's increased not decreased the ground clearance by two inches.

I have been meaning to make a post about it with pictures and dimensions. I will see if I can get that done today.

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I'd love to see the pictures, thanks for your help.
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So, do you think they could fit 2 deep cycle marine batteries in this space?
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I would think so, but measure to be sure.
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