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Old 08-19-2014, 05:52 PM   #57
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It could be done for almost free. Get a few 6-8" pieces of 1" square tubing, or even some strips of old truck mudflap to put between the jack bolts, and on the other side of the frame. Run a couple pieces of 1/8" x 1.5" or 2" angle iron across front and back to cradle the battery box, and a piece on each side to keep it from shifting left to right. A few bolts and screws, and it could be done, and mostly from scrounged materials.


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Old 08-19-2014, 07:48 PM   #58
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Even if it cost something to mount a (flooded) battery on the tongue it still might be less expensive than buying an AGM battery to mount inside.
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:57 PM   #59
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I'm starting agree. Since I think I have everything to at least get it out there, it shouldn't cost anything! And it will cost me nothing to at least get the converter mounted. Everyone was talking about the battery but I haven't heard anything about the converter location. It'll be ok under the couch in that cubby?
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Under couch, street side, like where all the wires come in? Certainly and acceptable location in my mind.

If you mount under rear bench seat on street side that is a decent location also. Somewhat depends on which location you find of more use for storage. And the location that has the best access to your 12 volt wiring for lights, fridge etc.

My own preference would be for up front. Not much problem or cost to run romex to provide the 110 volt to feed the converter to the front. But you need #8 gauge wire going to fuse block (for 12 volt device connections) and battery so keeping those runs short will probably save some money on wire. Being close to battery and a good place to intercept your 12 volt feeds of the trailer makes it the winner for me.
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My thinking is that it's a small storage location vs the larger dinette bench storage. Also, most (maybe all) of the AC outlets are up front. My daughter will be using the goucho (which my phone keeps changing to Groucho btw!) for her bed so I want her to be safe sleeping over it. I'll start working on everything this weekend. The actual wiring will just have to wait.
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:54 AM   #62
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My daughter will be using the goucho (which my phone keeps changing to Groucho btw!) for her bed so I want her to be safe sleeping over it..
Many of our trailers have the converter located inside a hatch that we sleep over top of. The only thing I would be concerned with is the sound of the fan - some of the older converters or ones on their last legs can have a somewhat loud fan that bothers some people when sleeping. So you may want to consider putting it inside the hatch that she is least likely to have her head over top of.
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