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pkaufman

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Installing a Battery inside my camper
« on: April 12, 2016, 04:53:50 PM »
What do I need to know to install a battery just for my camper inside it.  Camper does have a small converter.  Can it also be charge through trailer connection and is there anything special I would need to do?
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Re: Installing a Battery inside my camper
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2016, 05:00:42 PM »
One thing to consider is if the battery is going to be inside the living area (not in an outside, vented compartment) you need to use an AGM or gel battery. Standard flooded batteries vent dangerous fumes.
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pkaufman

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Re: Installing a Battery inside my camper
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2016, 05:03:44 PM »
I was planning on a Sealed AGM so thank you.
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NickB

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Re: Installing a Battery inside my camper
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2016, 10:04:30 AM »
Is this for your truck camper?
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pkaufman

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Re: Installing a Battery inside my camper
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2016, 11:48:48 AM »
Yes it will be mounted inside camper.
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NickB

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Re: Installing a Battery inside my camper
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2016, 12:16:05 PM »
Even though you plan on using a sealed battery, you really should use a sealed and vented battery box. Like this one. You'll need to drill a hole through the sidewall with a holesaw. It should be sealed with putty and a good quality exterior sealant like OSI-Quad.

The converter probably has lugs on it for a battery connection. You should use 10 gauge stranded wire and install a 30 amp in-line fuse at the battery. Since the truck camper doesn't really have a frame to ground to, you'll have to run both hot and ground back to the converter.

As far as the charge line, you probably won't find lugs for it at the converter. I would just wire that right to the battery with a second set of ring terminals (eyelets). If it has a standard 7 way plug/wire, you'll just need to access where this enters the camper and find the black wire (hot) and white wire (ground). If it's a different plug/wire, let me know what you find.
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Re: Installing a Battery inside my camper
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2016, 04:40:07 PM »
Yes,
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