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Old 04-12-2016, 09:13 PM   #11
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I wondered about the batteries, if they would go in optional storage box or what. Haven't seen pic of rear with battery. I guess no issues with rear weight vs tongue weight with rear batteries?
No, the battery or batteries of a 17 Foot were never in the front, even with the optional storage box. The left photo (attached below) of the "product slide" image that runs across most pages of the Escape Trailer Industries web site shows the stock installation of a battery in a box left of the spare on the rear bumper.

The battery location is at the rear because of tongue weight; with even one battery in the front, the tongue weight would be undesirably high. Increasing from one to two batteries back there will reduce the tongue weight, but only by roughly 25 pounds.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:18 PM   #12
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Thanks Brian. Since my current scamp battery is on front, thought this was too. Appreciate the pic.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:19 PM   #13
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I don't have air or microwave. I have a couple inexpensive inverters that I don't need now that I've got a 12V charger for the MacBook.
I have a Honda 1000 generator that I prefer to leave at home and two 40 watt portable solar panels. Would much rather have a 160 watt panel on the roof ( don't have to worry about theft ) and a couple 6V batteries.
Everything I need for boondocking runs on 12V or on propane.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:19 PM   #14
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So do the dual 6 volts have coverings/boxes standard?
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My 12V battery is on the right side.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:35 PM   #16
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So do the dual 6 volts have coverings/boxes standard?
The ones I've seen are in two separate boxes, just like the single box.

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My 12V battery is on the right side.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:38 PM   #17
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The 19 or 21 has dual 6 volts in the front box, 128 lbs in that box. Anyone know if the current 17 footer can have one battery inside the front storage box? Surely it can hold the 59 pounds? Maybe things have changed since 2009 with the single battery and optional storage box?
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I think on the 17, the dual 6V were mounted either side of the spare and that dual 6V had to be specified on the build sheet.
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Our 21' has the six-volts in the back on passenger side with U dinette.

The 19' had them in the front box.
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Old 04-13-2016, 12:27 AM   #20
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The 19 or 21 has dual 6 volts in the front box, 128 lbs in that box. Anyone know if the current 17 footer can have one battery inside the front storage box? Surely it can hold the 59 pounds? Maybe things have changed since 2009 with the single battery and optional storage box?
The box can handle the weight of a pair of batteries - that's not the issue. The trailer should have this weight in the right place for the proportions of the particular design
5.0TA - inside, behind the axles
21' - inside, behind the axles
19' - outside at front
17' - outside at rear
Putting two batteries at the front of the 17' would result in excessive tongue weight. Putting one at each end would cause wiring issues. With just one battery placing it in the front storage instead of at the rear would make the tongue weight roughly 75 pounds heavier than having that same battery at the rear; for some tow vehicles that would be fine, but for many it would not be desirable. In any of these cases the wiring would be non-standard.
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