dual battery

Submitted: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 23:22
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Just about to pickup our new C/T in 1 to 2 weeks (Tambo copper).

It has been a long wait, around 8 months & have been thinking about the modifcations needed. eg dual batterys:- 1 in the back of the wagon, 120 amp/h fullriver to run the engle 40 L & one in the C\T to run the lights isolated via a redarc.

Need advice on cables and plugs:
Do I use 50 or 175 amp andserson plugs. The plug size will thus depict the cable size: 13mm2 or 32mm2.
and any ideas in wiring diagram. One of the batteries will be in the wagon itself because there is no room under the hood and the second on the c\t.
Also does anyone know of any good LED work lights & ambinet lights around.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 23:30

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 23:30
G'day Fiona,

50 amp Anderson plug should be adequate as you'll only be using it for charging purposes I'm assuming.

I have a somewhat similar set-up in my Patrol, with 120a/h Fullriver in cargo area of my Patrol. However, my camper trailer has 2 x 105a/h Super Charge SLA batteries and are actually only wired to the truck via the heavier cables possible on a 12 pin Narva plug (so they are limited to 8mm cable). This is quite adequate for our needs, so the larger cable possible with the 50amp Anderson plug will be no worries. This is my opinion only and there maybe others who will disagree.

We have a good cordless LED camp light.....not as good as the 11watt flouro's in my opinion (of which we also have several), but the LED one, being rechargable/cordless, has it's benefits too of course.

Cheers

Roachie
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Reply By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 23:38

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 23:38
Carnt help much bout your questions but congrats on purchasing a Tambo Cooper.We've had ours nearly a year now and there a top unit,everyone thats looked at it were really impressed on the quality and finish.
Infact we've just moved out of ours,which we've been in for 3 months, into a house here in Kununurra and it was really quite comfortable.Had massive rain storms up here and not a drip of water came in.(did need an air con though)
Ive made quite a few mods to ours and it suits us just fine.Enjoy
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Follow Up By: Fiona (VIC) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:01

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:01
Did you fit the "HIGH LIFT JACK MOUNT" your self? And the spare looks to be in a different position to ours. Is that because of the extended drawbar? We only have the falcon for the time being to tow it with and I have not got a jack for the camper, any sugestions (high lift or bottle)?
Thanks for everyones quick replies!!!
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Follow Up By: Fiona (VIC) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:07

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:07
Sorry just relised, "side mounted wheel carrier" that explains that.
Where is your pole carrier?
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:09

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:09
We brought it with following extras-full annexe walls and front,treg hitch,tool box and side lift.I fitted the high lift mount,extended the draw bar,side mounted the spare wheel,fitted the stone deflector,slide out kitchen and pole carrier.Main reason for moving the wheel from original position was the swing away wheel carrier on our ex 4WD and the angle of the stone deflector.
If you are inexperianced at 4WD'ing or use of high lift jacks I'd go for a bottle jack and jacking plate.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:13

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:13
It is mounted in the trailer,right at the front but opens up on the outside.It is the full width of the trailer.If you PM me with your email addy Ill send you some pictures.
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Follow Up By: Fiona (VIC) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:20

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:20
I would love to see some photos grantcaine@gmail.com
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 23:46

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 23:46
Use the 32mm or larger cable for an efficient charging circiuit.
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:24

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:24
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:29

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:29
No Fuses, stuff that
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Follow Up By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:32

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:32
Off course fuses. This is just a diagram not a shopping list.

I don't see the alternator or tyres etc.

Just a guide to help.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:40

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:40
oh ok.
what is that line connecting the camper battery - to the vehicle aux +
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Follow Up By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:42

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:42
Where ? LOL
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:52

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:52
LMAO, that was quick
I'm still laughing
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:41

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:41
Fiona,

Good replies above.

I am going down this road too, and am looking at hooking up the 3rd battery in the CT to my 2nd battery in the car. I run the fridge in the car and a am installing a small battery in the CT for lights. Currently using 2 - 18amp/hr small lead acid batteries (SLAs) that last us a few days. They are like a motorcycle battery and are about 3 kg ea. Very transportable for moving around the camp.

Another useful web site is the camper trailer web site.

www.campertrailers.org/

They also have a yahoo forum and this questin often comes up.
They also have been talking about LED lights.
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