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Old 11-16-2022, 06:02 PM   #1
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Hitch mounted deer hoist for batteries?

Hello,
I'm working on the problem of being old and wanting to change to 2 6 volt batteries AND wanting to be able to bring them inside for the winter (rather than just using a regulated trickle charger and leaving them in place).
It seems you can buy a hitch mounted deer hoist that can lift and swivel 300#. The two 6 volts that I'm thinking of would come in at around 120#. I figure with a good dolly, I should be golden. But the stupid batteries don't have handles. Would you suggest leaving straps around them in the box, trying to use those weird looking battery scissor holders, finding a way to mount the dual box that frees it for removal, or what? I'm at the brain storming stage.
I haven't even figured out how to mount the box on my tongue behind my dual propane tanks. I only recently got the camper, and it came with no battery.
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Old 11-16-2022, 07:00 PM   #2
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You could use a battery lifting strap. Something like this must be available in the USA as well. https://www.princessauto.com/en/batt...t/PA0008707267

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Old 11-16-2022, 07:13 PM   #3
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Thank you. I didn't know that existed. But I thought you weren't supposed to pick them up by the posts...
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Old 11-17-2022, 04:52 AM   #4
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Thank you. I didn't know that existed. But I thought you weren't supposed to pick them up by the posts...
Those straps can probably be found at local auto parts stores. They have been used for decades. I donít know where you heard you canít pick up batteries using the posts. Old wives tale, maybe. Another misconception often expressed is that batteries cannot/shouldnít be stored on a concrete floor. That was true at one time before battery manufacturers transitioned from rubber cases to plastic cases, and that was a long, long time ago.
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Old 11-26-2022, 11:34 AM   #5
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Hello,
I'm working on the problem of being old and wanting to change to 2 6 volt batteries AND wanting to be able to bring them inside for the winter (rather than just using a regulated trickle charger and leaving them in place).
It seems you can buy a hitch mounted deer hoist that can lift and swivel 300#. The two 6 volts that I'm thinking of would come in at around 120#. I figure with a good dolly, I should be golden. But the stupid batteries don't have handles. Would you suggest leaving straps around them in the box, trying to use those weird looking battery scissor holders, finding a way to mount the dual box that frees it for removal, or what? I'm at the brain storming stage.
I haven't even figured out how to mount the box on my tongue behind my dual propane tanks. I only recently got the camper, and it came with no battery.
THX,
Catya
Hi,

I just went from 2 heavy 6 volt batteries, mounted in an awkward place in front of the propane tanks on my Bigfoot trailer, to one 200 amp lithium battery that gives me almost twice the power and weighs just under 50 pounds. I relocated the battery inside the trailer under one of the front seats. I purchased the battery for just under $1000 and so far I am very pleased with the performance of it and not having to contend with the heavy and awkward 6 volt batteries.
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Old 11-26-2022, 12:58 PM   #6
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Hi,

I just went from 2 heavy 6 volt batteries, mounted in an awkward place in front of the propane tanks on my Bigfoot trailer, to one 200 amp lithium battery that gives me almost twice the power and weighs just under 50 pounds. I relocated the battery inside the trailer under one of the front seats. I purchased the battery for just under $1000 and so far I am very pleased with the performance of it and not having to contend with the heavy and awkward 6 volt batteries.
Hello Bob,
I'm thinking of upgrading my lead acid batteries to lithium also. Did you have to change the charger also? I haven't yet done any research on charge rates or connection options. Just looking for your thoughts.
Thanks, Rich
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Old 11-26-2022, 04:44 PM   #7
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They make golf cart battery lifting straps. The have hooks that hook into the battery case. They sell for less than $10 on Amazon.
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Old 11-26-2022, 08:00 PM   #8
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Thumbs up for Lithium

Hi,
I bought a 100ah lithium battery when renogy was doing a sale. Although I primarily wanted to reduce tongue weight, I discovered other benefits
* new battery was easy to remove when not inuse
* stored and charged at home so
* no theft risk
* maintenance free
* if Iím going to get a hernia, it will be from doing something else

A charger that handles lithium batteries is a commonplace now and certainly not expensiveÖ
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Old 11-27-2022, 01:02 AM   #9
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Hi Rich,

I did have to change the charger/converter as well. I went with a 60 watt one from etrailer that was about $200. I also had to change to an 80 watt breaker, which was about $50 on Amazon and a new GoPower solar controller for $210, so the total cost was approximately $1500. The conversion was quite straightforward. On one occasion I had pulled my back out lifting one of the 6 volt batteries and on another severely cut a finger so it has been well worthwhile. With the 6 volt batteries I found myself always having to try to conserve power in fall and winter camping. This fall it was not an issue at all with the lithium battery.
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Old 11-27-2022, 03:24 AM   #10
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We used the hitch-mounted carcass loader to load our previous Lectric bikes into our RAM truck, as they were so heavy. Folded them and slid them into totes first, then put the totes onto the loader platform, and used it to lift the totes into the pickup.
Worked slick, although having lighter ebikes that we can load ourselves is slicker.

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