Dual Batteries - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Modifications and Alterations
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-02-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
GaryH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Parksville, British Columbia
Trailer: '07 17B
Posts: 151
Dual Batteries

Hey now, it looks like we bought a 2007 17'er last week! We put a deposit on it & close the deal in mid April (the owners away 'till then). Can't wait until then to plan some mods. So, my first one i want to try is putting in a dual battery system. I'm thinking of putting them under the rear drivers side bench seat. Is there enough room for 2 - group 27 batteries there? Floor strong enough? Ventilation adequate? I had thought about leaving them outside on the tongue, but they are better off away from the cold & vibration. How does the wiring pass by this area? Eventually, i'd like to be able to have a solar system, but this will work for now. We usually go off into the bush for 1-2 weeks at a time & are very frugal with our power (although i might have to break down & get a genset). Anyway, thanks for your input, Gary
__________________

__________________
'07 17B
'07 FJ Cruiser
https://www.1000cranesofhope.com/
GaryH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 06:26 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,729
Re: Dual Batteries


That area is rather full. It contains electrical ( breaker box etc. ) your hot water tank and heater and the only somewhat vacant space is where your AC power coils up. On the passenger side, you could have a problem with ventilation.
Just go ahead and get that gen set. You have my permission.

baglo
__________________

__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
escape artist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: St. Thomas not BVI., Ontario
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA
Posts: 5,287
Re: Dual Batteries

Hi: GaryH... Our 5.0's battery is in a sealed box under the left side of the dinette...thats if you are facing the rear of the trailer. There is a vent on the back of the trailer and a hose connecting it to the box. If the batteries are inside the trailer then a sealed box and vent are necessary.
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
__________________
Quote Bugs Bunny..."Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out of it ALIVE"!!!
'10 Frontier CC. S.E. 4X4 Lng. Bed V6 '14 Escape 5.0TA
St.Thomas Ont.( Not the Virgin Islands)
escape artist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 09:22 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
PGDriver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southern Alberta, Alberta
Trailer: 2015 Escape 5.0TA
Posts: 1,437
Re: Dual Batteries

Hi Gary & congratulations on your purchase.
If your going to dual batteries I'd put in 2 6volt ones
you will get more amp hours out of them.
Just a thought......
__________________
Doug & Eileen
2015 Escape 5.0TA
2015 GMC Sierra Crew 4X4 6.2 8 speed
PGDriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2009, 11:11 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
mosquitodirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 172
Re: Dual Batteries

Congrats and welcome to the Escape club....

I've done 3 things to extend battery life, replaced the 12v with tow 6v, replaced most of the lights with LED bulbs, and added a hand pump to go with the sink. Seems the biggest draws on the battery are the pump and the lights - so using them less will help.

My aim is to get two weeks of life out of the batteries. (Reace figures 3 times the length battery life with the 2 6v batteries vs the 12v battery).

The two 6V are going in the back under what is now the bed - Reace added a vent to the outside (same as what's in the 5.0).
__________________
Dirk
17' Plan A, '05 Nissan Frontier, canoe, dog.
Half-fulltimer
mosquitodirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2009, 01:39 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
GaryH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Parksville, British Columbia
Trailer: '07 17B
Posts: 151
Re: Dual Batteries

I'd love to go with 2 6V batteries. However, i already have an extra 12 V Deep Cycle plus the one that's with the trailer. So, i'll just use these until it's time to replace them. How does the hand pump work? Where did you get the led bulbs & are they as bright? My eyes are always begging for brighter-brighter Thanks for the replies. Cheers, Gary
__________________
'07 17B
'07 FJ Cruiser
https://www.1000cranesofhope.com/
GaryH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 12:57 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
mosquitodirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 172
Re: Dual Batteries

Hey Gary,

I got the bulbs from Reace - my guess is other RV places might carry them as well. Haven't tried the handpump yet - I pick up the trailer this week. I'll report back after the weekend. As for bright bright - not so much. The LED bulbs are bright enough for cards, and for reading if you don't need it super bright. I find that I use a little book light anyhow (saving batteries even more).

Cheers,
Dirk
__________________
Dirk
17' Plan A, '05 Nissan Frontier, canoe, dog.
Half-fulltimer
mosquitodirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 06:33 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Hokie Escape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 902
Re: Dual Batteries

Quote:
Originally Posted by GaryH
I'd love to go with 2 6V batteries. However, i already have an extra 12 V Deep Cycle plus the one that's with the trailer. So, i'll just use these until it's time to replace them. How does the hand pump work? Where did you get the led bulbs & are they as bright? My eyes are always begging for brighter-brighter Thanks for the replies. Cheers, Gary
Hi Gary,
I replaced all the lights in my old Casita with LED's. Let me include a reply from the Casita Forum that answers your question"
"I ordered one Warm White (92 lumens) and one Cool White (120 lumens) "bulb" (actually bulb base connected to printed circuit board with LEDs on it) from SuperBrightLeds.com and tried them out in the camper. The Cool White really puts out the light, but it's too harsh. So I ordered all Warm White "bulbs" for the camper and put two Cool White ones on the outside lights. As you can see by the pics on my website, the interior is lit up beautifully at night with LEDs. When turning on the factory incandescent bulbs in the camper, with just two lights on the battery voltage dropped 1/10 volt, another light would drop it another 10th, etc. With all 7 interior lights on, the voltage would drop almost immediately half a volt, and in a few minutes it would drop a full volt. With the LEDs I can turn all the lights on, inside and out, (a total of 10 lights) and the voltage doesn't drop at all. NOw I can stay up half the night with all the lights on and still have enough battery power to run the furnace all night. See my latest mod on the my website and click on "Led Lighting." You can click on the pictures to enlarge them and you can download them.

http://web.me.com/dr.pepper007/Site/...sita_Mods.html "

I found the same problem. The Cool White was brighter, but too harsh (or something like that, it's hard to put your finger on it), but the Warm White was very soothing, though not as bright. As you can see, you can have lots of them on, and not use too much power. So, you could put a double light over the spot where you like to read. I used the same source (SuperBrightLeds.com ), and they were nice to work with. They also have bulbs that are colored, like bug lights, for outside. Since I haven't picked up HokieEscape yet, I don't know which incandlescent bulb is used in the Escape, so I can't tell which one to order. Let you know in a few weeks however : - )
The link to the Casita Forum that's dealing with this subject is: http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/ind...howtopic=11953
__________________
"In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice. In the morning, I will offer my prayer to you, and wait in expectation" Ps 5:3
'11 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab (5' bed) 09 Escape 5.0
Blacksburg, Virginia (Home of the Virginia Tech Hokies)
Hokie Escape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 08:15 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Eureka, California
Trailer: 2009 19' Escape
Posts: 223
Re: Dual Batteries

Hi - That first link above didn't work for me, but I think I found the right page here:

http://web.me.com/dr.pepper007/Site/...ghting.html#14

They do look bright alright!!
__________________
Cheryl and Bruce
Eureka, California
cheryls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 08:56 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
PGDriver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southern Alberta, Alberta
Trailer: 2015 Escape 5.0TA
Posts: 1,437
Re: Dual Batteries

Just ran across these LED lights, price seems good and you can just plug them in....
http://www.v-leds.com/Shop/Control/P...id/0/SFV/32481
__________________

__________________
Doug & Eileen
2015 Escape 5.0TA
2015 GMC Sierra Crew 4X4 6.2 8 speed
PGDriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.