Mazda Tribute 2nd battery

Submitted: Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 17:37
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Hi All,
this is a post for a friend of mine.He has a Mazda Tribute and will be towing a Jayco Camper trailer.He wants to know how to put a 2nd battery in it to use for lights,etc, no fridge at this stage.Obviously no room under the bonnett.Realizes that you shouldn't put 'wet' batteries in the rear,doesn't really want it in the camper/too hard to charge/ doesn't want to go solar or gererator (cost).
I told him he would probababy have to go Optima or other gel battery placed in the rear with dedicated charging line through a simple "smart" charger'
Has anyone got any personal experience with either mazda/ford tribute/or any of the other 'soft roaders' OR any other ideas in gereral..

thanks in advance
Regards Greg G
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Reply By: AK - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 18:52

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 18:52
I had something similar in my Suzuki. I had a solenoid DBS wired in the engine bay via a circuit breaker to a 50A Anderson plug behind the passengers seat. I then had a sealed battery set up with 2 x female hella outlets on it ( 1 for fridge 1 for lights , both fused) as well as a lead with the other Anderson plug on it.

The set up worked like this the spare battery lived in the garage, when need it was stapped behind the front seat and the Anderson plugs connected. Electrically It worked very well , the only problem was the space it took up, not much space but I didnt start with much space to spare in the Suzi.
Hope this helps
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Reply By: herkman - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 20:04

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 20:04
Being in the same boat, we looked at all options, but ended up putting it in the pop top.

The problem is that no longer can you install gell type batteries, without meeting venting requirements.

Whilst this may not stop you carrying the battery in the rear, you need to mount it in a food container, with a tight lid.

Using a 1/2" elbow, you could vent the container overboard that way. On our Tribute we used a Parina DBE 150S MK111 and it does a good job. We mounted ours on the air cleaner housing.


Col Tigwell
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Reply By: Member - Richard- Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 20:45

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 20:45
I do not have a lot of space under my bonnet so I elected to use a Bushranger Power tank. (I have a Frontera.) During the day I charge it whilst I am driving and at night I use it for the fridge and lights. I tested it when I first brought it and found it ran my Engel fridge continously on no 2 setting for two days. At about $200 it was cheaper than $750 for a second battery.
Hope this helps.Richard and Leonie, the grey nomads
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 21:33

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 21:33
Richard/Leonie, even an Optima will only cost $350. How on earth can someone charge $750?
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard- Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 09:44

Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 09:44
I have had two quotes about the same price. The cost quoted was for a Pirana system with one additional socket in the back and rewiring the existing sockets with a heavier wire. You tell me where you got your quote from and what did it include. I understand that wiring second batteries is not as simple as it seems. I only know electricity hurts so I would leave it to the experts to put in.
Sorry about the delay in answering but Ozemail had a problem with their system.
Regards.Richard and Leonie, The grey nomads.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 13:33

Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 13:33
Richard, I suppose that is reasonable given the cost of the battery, the cost of the Pirhjana system and the labour. I put one in myself with a manual switch (my labour is very cheap :-), so total cost was for battery, a bit of heavy duty wire and a marine grade switch.
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