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Old 11-04-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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New ParkLiner battery box

On the ParkLiner Facebook page is pics of the new battery box on the tongue...I'm on my droid so can't upload them.

If all goes according toplan 11/23 I will have mine installed!
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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On the ParkLiner Facebook page is pics of the new battery box on the tongue...I'm on my droid so can't upload them.

If all goes according toplan 11/23 I will have mine installed!
Thanks Deryk, boy, what a nice looking set-up!

Just go to their web page (ParkLiner Fiberglass Ultralight Travel Trailers -) and scroll down on the right side to click on their facebook page.

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Looks much better then the pictures from a ParkLiner that was for sale here a few months back that the batteries were exposed.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:01 PM   #4
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Agreed looks real nice, tire well update shown too. Thanks for the heads-up.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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That's a nice looking box, and I should have one in Feb.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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It does look better but two questions - do you really want all those screws right into the frame? Doesnt look real simple task to take off the battery cover - normally just a simple clip to get off...
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Nice looking solution. Much better than your generic plastic box.
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It does look better but two questions - do you really want all those screws right into the frame? Doesnt look real simple task to take off the battery cover - normally just a simple clip to get off...
Clips can break bend rattle loose with for self tapping screws it will not come off unless owner wants it to
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Clips can break bend rattle loose with for self tapping screws it will not come off unless owner wants it to
Personally I think it is a very elegant solution. Kudos to you guys!

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Clips can break bend rattle loose with for self tapping screws it will not come off unless owner wants it to
Thats true but my concern was in regards to the practise of putting screws into an enclosed beam such as a trailer frame which is a major structural component. In my profession I was taught that such practises were to be avoid when possible as any opening into the beam could result in allowing moisture to enter the interior channel and result in the rusting of the beam from the inside out thus reducing its structural integrity. It was also my understanding that by putting holes in a structural frame you may also be impacting the structural integrity of the beam itself. In my industry this type of application the preferred way would have been to weld additional cross members to the underside of the tongue/frame to support the battery holder and the battery holder itself would have been bolted to that cross member. Similar to how a number of other trailer brands have their batteries mounted/secured to the tongue.

Its been 25 years since I took any formal training on that topic though so perhaps that is thought of as old school thinking these days.

My concern as a trailer owner with a battery cover that is more difficult to remove than what is traditionally found on trailers is that it may result in my not being as diligent in doing battery maintenance as I should be. Also would be a bit of a pain to have to deal with if I wished to connected my portable solar panels or trouble shoot a wiring issue with a multimeter.

I agree with the others it looks good and a much safer position for the storage of the batteries than the previously used location.... simple my observation of a possible future issue in regard to the means of attachment that those who may be considering doing this change on their own may want to consider and look into the topic a bit further.
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Thats true but my concern was in regards to the practise of putting screws into an enclosed beam such as a trailer frame which is a major structural component. In my profession I was taught that such practises were to be avoid when possible as any opening into the beam could result in allowing moisture to enter the interior channel and result in the rusting of the beam from the inside out thus reducing its structural integrity. It was also my understanding that by putting holes in a structural frame you may also be impacting the structural integrity of the beam itself. In my industry this type of application the preferred way would have been to weld additional cross members to the underside of the tongue/frame to support the battery holder and the battery holder itself would have been bolted to that cross member. Similar to how a number of other trailer brands have their batteries mounted/secured to the tongue.

Its been 25 years since I took any formal training on that topic though so perhaps that is thought of as old school thinking these days.

My concern as a trailer owner with a battery cover that is more difficult to remove than what is traditionally found on trailers is that it may result in my not being as diligent in doing battery maintenance as I should be. Also would be a bit of a pain to have to deal with if I wished to connected my portable solar panels or trouble shoot a wiring issue with a multimeter.

I agree with the others it looks good and a much safer position for the storage of the batteries than the previously used location.... simple my observation of a possible future issue in regard to the means of attachment that those who may be considering doing this change on their own may want to consider and look into the topic a bit further.
It is not an enclosed beam Carol. It is wide open where the ends meet under the triangular tongue. It is my belief is is better to be open than closed, but of course, that is just my opinion based on decades of welding.

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It is not an enclosed beam Carol. It is wide open where the ends meet under the triangular tongue. It is my belief is is better to be open than closed, but of course, that is just my opinion based on decades of welding.

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If as you say the beam is open at one of the ends then thats great but only if the trailer is stowed or hitched up noise up to permit the moisture to drain out of the beam as it appears to me to be closed on the tongue end.

Frank my comments were as stated just my personal concern based on my person experience that I felt some may find it worth while to explore further. Obviously your life experiences and views may differ
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If as you say the beam is open at one of the ends then thats great but only if the trailer is stowed or hitched up noise up to permit the moisture to drain out of the beam as it appears to me to be closed on the tongue end.

Frank my comments were as stated just my personal concern based on my person experience that I felt some may find it worth while to explore further. Obviously your life experiences and views may differ
Carol, at the back, the chassis tubing is welded to the rear bumper which is open on both ends. Now that we have this straightened out, let's have some fun!

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It appears that it will just drop in the frame behind the propane and the battery weight should keep it there. The top may need another attachment method, but the bottom can just drop in without any screws.
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