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Old 06-13-2014, 05:16 PM   #1
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Moving Coach Battery


My wife and I just bought a 2011 Coachman Freelander 27QB and the coach batteries are located in the step. I don't like that location due to the limit on battery size/number and want to move them to another location.

Has anyone else with a Coachman done this?
What issues should I look out for?
Any gotchas?

I want to eventually put solar on the roof and replace the converter/charger with an inverter/charger.

I have 2 locations that I am considering, the large back exterior storage compartment or a side storage compartment next to where the batteries are now. I am leaning towards the back compartment since it would give me more flexibility. I am also going to replace the wet cell batteries with Lifeline AGM's

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Old 06-13-2014, 08:16 PM   #2
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I have two six volt batteries in the original under steps location. Wired in parallel to them is another pair in a storage compartment on the other side of the coach. To this added battery pair connected is my solar controller and whole coach inverter (shore cable, in adjacent compartment, plugs into the inverter).

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Old 06-14-2014, 07:10 AM   #3
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Moving Coach Battery

We have a 2013 28QB.
I am not sure, but would moving the batteries to the rear basement require larger cabling due to the increased length? Placing the batteries in the outside storage next to the step might minimize this issue.
Additionally, I would be concerned with exposing my large storage area to battery corrosion.
Also, since you want to install solar the back of the refrig might be a vertical route for cables. The existing battery location or next to it would likely make that routing shorter.
Just my thoughts.

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Thanks for the reply Paul

Cable size shouldn't be an issue since the batteries and inverter/charger would be in the same compartment. Just not sure how that ties into the 12 volt distribution panel which might need bigger wire to the batteries. The difference in distance isn't that greater from the 12 volt distribution to the current battery location compared to the new location (probable an additional 5-8 feet)

As for the back compartment, my plan was to replace the wet cell batteries with AGM's regardless of where I move them which would mean no worries on corrosion etc.

I am very familiar with Solar and batteries just not familiar with 12 volt RV wiring. From the battery to the 12 volt distribution panel is there anything in between?

Still exploring my RV and options.
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AGM I believe can go anywhere. Inside outside upside down. I'm thinking of 6 under the bench on top of the pump. Enough to run the furnace all night durning hunting season
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