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Old 08-21-2019, 08:05 PM   #1
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Four batteries in front storage box on 19'

Four Lifeline GPL-4CT 6V AGM batteries will fit nicely centered in the ETI front storage box on our 19'. Going to four, two parallel strings of two 6 VDC batteries in series, physically adds 138 lbs to the tongue between or over the frame members. It also provides 440 A-Hr storage.

Our 19' came with the two 6 VDC battery, dual solar panel, and inverter options. Our WFCO charger-converter is the WF-8955.

Many 19' owners mention that the 19's tongue weight is light, We found the same when using a rear trailer mounted box holding our Honda EU2000i generator.

When weighing our 19' without the rear storage box, we found the tongue weight a little light - about 400 lbs with a total loaded trailer weight 4200. This two battery addition seems reasonable, especially given that some of the weight transfers also to the axles.

Searched the forum and cannot find this 4-battery configuration mentioned. Has anyone else done this?

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Old 08-21-2019, 08:10 PM   #2
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The 19 can definitely handle more weight. I do wonder why 4 batteries though. Do you have high inverter needs? I travel mostly off grid with 2 AGMs and solar charging and never have trouble.
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Old 08-21-2019, 11:03 PM   #3
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I had four 6 volt batteries in the front box of my 19 for a couple years and the tongue weight was really high, around 600 lbs. I felt this is little high for the 19 frame and the rear hitch on my Pilot started to show movement, even using a WDH....so I strengthened the Pilot rear hitch then extended my 19 rear bumper and moved two of the batteries back there. I also increased the size of the propane bottles in the front. Since I did it everything has been fine and I have enough tongue weight for a safe ride. I also added a Honda 2200 on the rear hitch of the trailer and it is all good. Here you can see the rear bumper modification, rear batteries and generator mount. Generator
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I thought there was a sign inside the front E19 box with #100 lb weight limit, over the stock battery weight?
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I thought there was a sign inside the front E19 box with #100 lb weight limit, over the stock battery weight?


That’s correct.
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So any extra weight should be inside, perhaps under the front dinette, passenger and driver side to equalize it.
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The 19 can definitely handle more weight. I do wonder why 4 batteries though. Do you have high inverter needs? I travel mostly off grid with 2 AGMs and solar charging and never have trouble.


I suspect he’s a ham. The radio kind.
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I don't see a problem adding 138 pounds to the tongue weight, although you may exceed the limit on the tongue BOX. If weight wasn't a consideration, I'd suggest going to lithium.

I have 2 100 amp hour Battleborn batteries that can be pulled down to 10%, maintain voltage until that limit, even under heavy load, and weigh a total of 62 pounds. The problem is that would make you even more tongue light...
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Then get four lithiums.
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Then get four lithiums.
Then your wallet would be too light.
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