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Old 10-05-2013, 12:41 AM   #393
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Sounds interesting... wonder how much tongue weight is going to be added for 2 of those bad boy batteries up front along with 2 propane tanks.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:04 PM   #394
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Off topic, but a reply to your comment:


: ) He is. The second part of the email Chandler sent tonight was the battery box fix. He has a "Kit" that any automotive or trailer repair shop can install to place the existing _bench_ batteries at the tongue.
This is a photo posted on this site showing a Parkliner for sale with the batteries on the tongue.

It appears to me from the photo that the batteries are not in a box but rather are exposed to the road dirt and weather. I wonder if this is the fix being proposed by Parkliner. If it was my trailer, I think that I would rather have my batteries enclosed in a protective case.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:30 PM   #395
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I noticed that also Dave and i agree with your observation. Here in the PNW i would never think of having batteries exposed to the elements. One good pour like we had last weekend (~6" in two days) and the battery system would be toast.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:01 AM   #396
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Also what is the tongue weight going to be? I was at around 290lbs with dry water tanksand 2 full propane tanks...Im sure it lightens up some when Im going away for the weekend... but I come home with dry water tanks. Im not feeling comfortable with adding 87 pounds to my tongue since I have a 350lb tongue limit(400 per the hitch while using a wdh...I prefer not maxing it out lol).
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:04 AM   #397
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Are you guys saying rain water on them will conduct across the posts and that is dangerous or and you talking about them being exposed and the cold weather will do them in faster? I Don't know anything about batteries or DC current is the reason for me asking. Thanks.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:17 AM   #398
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Having exposed battery terminals adjacent to propane tanks does not appeal to me from a safety standpoint and it appears if you put the batteries in a case they would not fit
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You could at least get some plastic or rubber terminal covers to mitigate the inadvertent short circuit risk.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:35 AM   #400
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Ken,
The rainwater isn't so much the culprit, its the dust and road dirt, coupled with the moisture, which can create stray current paths between the posts and also to the frame. Besides becoming a "current vampire" slowly sucking the juice from the battery, it also invites corrosion of the battery posts and cable terminals.

I also agree with Steve that I'm not keen on the prospects of having the exposed battery posts in such close proximity to the metal propane tanks. For example, if you were to have a wrench on the positive battery cable, and were attempting to loosen it for removal, what would happen to your wrench if you should simultaneously touch it to the metal propane tank, (which is grounded to the frame simply by being in contact with it?) Your wrench is now an instant welding rod, and God forbid you should burn an electric arc induced hole into your propane tank, KER BOOM!
Not a well conceived design in my opinion.
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It appears from the photo that if you moved the propane tanks forward you would have room to put the batteries in a case and no longer need to cut the back out of the propane tank cover, but then it also appears that you could no longer have room to turn the handle on the front jack

Oh well! Back to the Drawing Board
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At first glance that scenario is really scary - but is the photo shown only a suggested solution or is that actually on a trailer being sold? Who determines safety issues on all these trailers (PK or any other brand)? Are there permits or inspections? Any group like Underwriters Laboratories? This is a bigger question than just PK and batteries. Is it up to us consumers to know all about this (I have ordered a Snoozy and am wondering about any possible safety issues there)? Presumably, the owner (Chandler) is experienced and wants to put out a safe and good product.

Moderator's note: the following posts that address Melanie's question about safety inspection/requirements are being moved out of this thread to Who vets the safety issues on these little campers?
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In prior postings I remember hearing other brands have the batteries up front or on the backside... can owners post some photo's of their setup?

Im still leaning towards venting my 2 batteries from their present location under the rear dinette just because of the increase in tongue weight. I currently travel with my 90+ pound generator in the entry way and thats why my tongue weight is close to 290lbs with 2 full propane tanks and a full 7 gallon water jug in the bathroom, plus a gallon or so of water in the porta potty. I would prefer not driving with the generator in my Rav4...I guess the extra 7 gallons of water could stay in my tv...I just dont know how I feel about it.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:46 PM   #404
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I have the trailer for sale. I took the camper to Parkliner in Gibsonville, NC for the battery repair. Chandler and his technician did the repairs. I did not do them myself. He told me that this was how they were mounting the batteries on all of the new models and that it is a common mount in these types of trailers. I am completely honest and transparent about any issues with the camper (hence the ad). I love the camper and do not even want to sell it. I lost my job, sold my house, and finally selling my camper. I think anyone buying any type of camper should be prepared for maintenance issues along the way. It just goes with the camper life...
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I can see a couple of changes that would make this whole battery thing be ok. One is to make a fiberglass or plastic cover to cover both the batteries and propane tanks like Bigfoot does. You wouldn't need the standard propane cover. The other get rid of metal battery hold down straps and go with a plastic type of hold down or composition of some sort. Most automobiles have a clamp at lower lip of the battery.

As for worry about contacting the propane tank with a wrench when removing a battery a simple non-conductive shield would protect that.

The cut away off the shelf propane tank cover looks like a band aide and an engineered solution.
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A non-conductive shield would be good, provided that people think about using one before they apply the wrench to it.
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