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Old 06-16-2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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Adding Additional House Batteries

Has anyone added house batteries (paired 6 volt) in the rear driver side bay on FL XC chassis? The steel base frame is already in place and is only 30 inches to battery bay. The battery proximity to Cummins shouldn't be a problem. Batteries would be as close to engine as a normal car battery is. Batteries would need to be removed for air cleaner maintenance. Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:51 AM   #2
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You might have a heat problem with that exhaust pipe next to it.

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:22 AM   #3
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A diesel exhaust is extremely hot, so be careful to maintain max ventilation in that area. I'd use a grate rather than a solid floor to hold the batteries, and expect that battery water loss might be greater than usual due to high heat in the area.

Other than that, just make sure you use large gauge cables for the connection to the rest of the battery bank.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
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Looks exactly like my setup. That is precisely where my builder placed my OEM house batteries. They are fine there...haven't melted one yet, and we drive in some pretty hot temps.

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Old 06-16-2012, 03:54 PM   #5
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This is our set 03 Fleetwood, Freightliner chassis.

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