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Old 01-17-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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We have a Trillium 5500. As we were leaving Killbear Park last October we turned the switch and water tap on to get rid of the excess, and nothing happened! We are assuming it is the battery, but our trailer is stored up north and can't remember what kind of battery we need to get to replace.

I am sure someone has this information and we would be so glad to get it so we are prepared for the summer! Thanks for any responses.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:35 PM   #2
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Ann, unfortunately, the battery is something that wears out and can be replaced with what ever the owner feels like. I have bought a Trillium that someone put the battery under the dinette seat, and another that had a group 27 battery that they built a bracket that allowed them to seat it, length wise, inside the V of the tongue so that it was flush with the bottom of the square tubes. A group 24 battery is most common in my limited experience.

Do you know where on the trailer the battery is? Any pictures of it?
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:04 PM   #3
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thanks Dave, maybe we will just try the 24, we don't have pictures, didn't think because we were on our way leaving when we realised, it is actually located under where the bed is. Thanks for the help though.
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Ann, every trailer is different as to battery size (depends on what the last owner put into it) and the size of the box it sits in will also differ. For example a group 27 Deep cell battery which my trailer has would not fit into a box designed for a group 24. Outside boxes are not expensive to replace should you purchase the wrong battery size but one under the bed which is most probable vented to the outside (or at least it should be) can get a bit expensive to replace if you purchase the wrong size battery for it. You may want to wait to check what size box you have before purchasing a new battery.

I also would not automatically assume the battery is dead just because the water pump didnt come on as it should - as they can and will fail with age as well. Did you try turning on any lights to confirm it was in fact the battery that was dead?
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A dead battery and freezing temperatures is a recipe for disaster. In very cold temperatures the electrolyte, sulfuric acid, can freeze and in some cases crack the battery case. When warmer temps return the acid can leak all over. Not good. Through out the winter, batteries should be periodically charged to maintain them and keep them from freezing. You might want to remove the battery from the trailer at the very least. Also don't try to charge a frozen battery. Raz
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:00 PM   #6
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thanks guys for the help and the heads up about the freezing temps. We are not actually certain the battery had gone as we were on our way to store the trailer when we realised. So, we will have to check it out further obviously.
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