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Old 01-23-2021, 03:58 PM   #1
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Lithium Battery Installation in a 17

I'd like to upgrade to lithium batteries in my 17B. The issue is that the batteries are installed outside on the rear bumper and I read that lithiums should not be installed outside because of their operating temperature constraints.
If I had to move the batteries inside and give up a lot of storage space I'd probably abandon the idea.
Has anyone addressed that problem or have any helpful comments, other than don't do it?

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Old 01-23-2021, 04:12 PM   #2
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The other downside of going to a Lithium conversion with an outside battery location is theft. At $800 and up for a decent 12v Lithium battery it would need some type of robust locking system if it were on the tongue or rear bumper.
I had cheap flooded battery on tongue stolen in storage, could only imagine if they saw Lithium's.
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Old 01-23-2021, 09:55 PM   #3
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I'd like to upgrade to lithium batteries in my 17B. The issue is that the batteries are installed outside on the rear bumper and I read that lithiums should not be installed outside because of their operating temperature constraints.
If I had to move the batteries inside and give up a lot of storage space I'd probably abandon the idea.
Has anyone addressed that problem or have any helpful comments, other than don't do it?

Walt



Battle born does have some new battery's with internal heaters . They may be a option for outside. Another problem is with the 17' removing the battery's off the rear bumper it will change tongue weight drastically. My understanding is when the trailer was designed The battery's where placed on the rear bumper to reduce the tongue weight.
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Old 01-23-2021, 11:11 PM   #4
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I don't see a problem with outside mounting, if you don't use the trailer in freezing weather and you take the battery to indoor storage in very low temperatures. In storage, inside the trailer won't be much warmer than in a box in the bumper.

For security, a locked box should work. If ithe trailer is stored in a unsecured location, taking the battery home might be wise.
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Old 01-24-2021, 12:25 AM   #5
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Not sure why you want to upgrade to lithium. I've got one group 27 Trojan on my bumper. I use propane stove, furnace and fridge. I use BBQ and a butane one burner stove outside. The furnace uses the most power ( for the fan ) and I can go three days before I need to recharge the battery.

I've got two 40 watt solar panels for charging, so I've taken to leaving my Honda 1000 generator at home.

This system is enough to keep my laptop, tablet, cell phone and camera batteries charged.
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I'd want lithium batteries inside if you do any cold weather camping. I have them in my 21 & love them. Still, you can get many of the benefits of lithium without the cold weather problems by switching to SiO2 batteries. Into at Azimuth Solar.
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