Two 6-volt batteries on Scamp 5th wheel - Fiberglass RV

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Old 12-18-2014, 04:33 PM   #1
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Two 6-volt batteries on Scamp 5th wheel

We wanted to upgrade our Scamp issue 12-volt battery (when it failed) to two 6-volt and wanted them to fit in the rack under the loft. A Century Plastics: Heavy Duty Battery Box from All Battery Sales and Service was the smallest od battery box that we could find. Most of the other boxes have carrying handle which protrude a bit and since I don't plan on carrying the box with two batteries in it anyway, we chose using it.

By replacing one of our two 20# propane tanks with an 11# from Home Depot, shortening the tank mounting base (a couple cuts and welds, and angling the two tanks, we were able to fit everything. The 20# and 11# combination seemed better to me than going with a larger, 30 or 40#, which seem as if they'd be pretty heavy when full. I also like the insurance of having a full tank when the other one runs out. Getting the tanks in and out is more work than it was, so I'll be looking for propane suppliers that can fill the tanks in place.


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Old 12-19-2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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I have also gone to two 6v batteries. I did change out the to a 30# propane tank and I carry a spare 20# tank in the back of the truck. I also carry a 20# tank for the BBQ and outdoor stove. I used two separte battery boxes, and it all fit easily.

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Old 12-19-2014, 08:24 AM   #3
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I have looked at the 11 pounders and would love to have one if I did not already have so dang many 20 pounders. A little 11 in the back of the truck for the portable grill would be sooooo handy.
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Old 12-19-2014, 10:11 AM   #4
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I'll be reconfiguring the set up in my Bigfoot soon. I really want 2 six volt "golf cart" batteries for my trailer. I had six volt golf cart batteries in my boat and they were terrific. With the solar panel and golf cart batteries I would be a real happy camper. I also like having 2 propane tanks. I've run out of propane in some inconvenient places and feel 2 tanks are what I need.

Your modification is an inspiration for my next project. Well done!
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