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Old August 10th 04, 07:06 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Que
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Default Any experience mounting 12-volt camping battery

I'd like to mount a 12-volt battery, probably in the truck of my car, for
powering 12-volt lights/fans/etc. in my tent. I'd use an isolator between
the generator and auxiliary battery to allow charging of both batteries but
prevent lights/fans/etc. from drawing power from the car battery. The
problem is that especially during charging batteries vent toxic gases and
fumes could pass from the trunk into the passenger area (for instance I can
smell pizza in the passenger area when I place it in the trunk). According
to the local RV shop containers for batteries exist that will vent gases to
the outside of the car, but I've never seen any and they don't sell them.



Another approach I've considered is installing a hitch and placing the
battery in a box that would be mounted to a hitch platform. Venting would
not be a problem but I would be wasting the weight capacity of hitch
platform. The car will only accept class one hitches that carry 200 pounds
and with the platform at 50 and battery at least at 50 I'm left with only
100 pounds of capacity on the platform for large but light objects such as
box fans, pillows, and sleeping bags.



Any experiences with either option? TIA.


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Old August 10th 04, 09:33 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Stephen (Sausagefans.com)
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Default Any experience mounting 12-volt camping battery

In article ,
says...
I'd like to mount a 12-volt battery


When I saw the subject line, I suddenly lost 13 years and became 12
again.

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Old August 10th 04, 09:33 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Stephen (Sausagefans.com)
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Default Any experience mounting 12-volt camping battery

In article ,
says...
I'd like to mount a 12-volt battery


When I saw the subject line, I suddenly lost 13 years and became 12
again.

He he he he
--
I'm famous for my sausage see
www.sausagefans.com
Nominate now for the banger awards:
http://www.meatmatters.com/sausages2003/
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Old August 11th 04, 01:33 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
JK[_5_]
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Default Any experience mounting 12-volt camping battery

The boxes are available from specialist car racing specialists. The boxes
must be used in Rally/Race cars when the battery is in the passenger
compartment. The battery is vented by means of a 6mm pvc tube.
This is probably what you need from Demon Tweeks UK:
http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/catalo...B1&from=search

JK


"Que" wrote in message
...
I'd like to mount a 12-volt battery, probably in the truck of my car, for
powering 12-volt lights/fans/etc. in my tent. I'd use an isolator between
the generator and auxiliary battery to allow charging of both batteries

but
prevent lights/fans/etc. from drawing power from the car battery. The
problem is that especially during charging batteries vent toxic gases and
fumes could pass from the trunk into the passenger area (for instance I

can
smell pizza in the passenger area when I place it in the trunk).

According
to the local RV shop containers for batteries exist that will vent gases

to
the outside of the car, but I've never seen any and they don't sell them.



Another approach I've considered is installing a hitch and placing the
battery in a box that would be mounted to a hitch platform. Venting would
not be a problem but I would be wasting the weight capacity of hitch
platform. The car will only accept class one hitches that carry 200

pounds
and with the platform at 50 and battery at least at 50 I'm left with only
100 pounds of capacity on the platform for large but light objects such as
box fans, pillows, and sleeping bags.



Any experiences with either option? TIA.




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Old August 11th 04, 01:33 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
JK[_5_]
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Default Any experience mounting 12-volt camping battery

The boxes are available from specialist car racing specialists. The boxes
must be used in Rally/Race cars when the battery is in the passenger
compartment. The battery is vented by means of a 6mm pvc tube.
This is probably what you need from Demon Tweeks UK:
http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/catalo...B1&from=search

JK


"Que" wrote in message
...
I'd like to mount a 12-volt battery, probably in the truck of my car, for
powering 12-volt lights/fans/etc. in my tent. I'd use an isolator between
the generator and auxiliary battery to allow charging of both batteries

but
prevent lights/fans/etc. from drawing power from the car battery. The
problem is that especially during charging batteries vent toxic gases and
fumes could pass from the trunk into the passenger area (for instance I

can
smell pizza in the passenger area when I place it in the trunk).

According
to the local RV shop containers for batteries exist that will vent gases

to
the outside of the car, but I've never seen any and they don't sell them.



Another approach I've considered is installing a hitch and placing the
battery in a box that would be mounted to a hitch platform. Venting would
not be a problem but I would be wasting the weight capacity of hitch
platform. The car will only accept class one hitches that carry 200

pounds
and with the platform at 50 and battery at least at 50 I'm left with only
100 pounds of capacity on the platform for large but light objects such as
box fans, pillows, and sleeping bags.



Any experiences with either option? TIA.




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Old August 23rd 04, 06:56 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Mark
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Default Any experience mounting 12-volt camping battery

seems strange that people are so concerned, when you bear in mind, that the
old mini had the battery in the boot, the mg had it under the back seat, as
did the skoda estelle, and probably many others too. I'd just drill a hole
in the floor and put a wgromet in it to vent the gas.BTW I do know that
hydrogen gas is lighter than air, as I suspect did Austin, MG and Skoda
designers, but they must have complied with the regulations or we would
never have seen them.

"martin" wrote in message
...
On Wed, 11 Aug 2004 14:33:00 +0100, "JK"
wrote:

"Que" wrote in message
...
I'd like to mount a 12-volt battery, probably in the truck of my car,
for
powering 12-volt lights/fans/etc. in my tent. I'd use an isolator
between
the generator and auxiliary battery to allow charging of both batteries

but
prevent lights/fans/etc. from drawing power from the car battery. The
problem is that especially during charging batteries vent toxic gases
and
fumes could pass from the trunk into the passenger area (for instance I

can
smell pizza in the passenger area when I place it in the trunk).

According
to the local RV shop containers for batteries exist that will vent gases

to
the outside of the car, but I've never seen any and they don't sell
them.



Another approach I've considered is installing a hitch and placing the
battery in a box that would be mounted to a hitch platform. Venting
would
not be a problem but I would be wasting the weight capacity of hitch
platform. The car will only accept class one hitches that carry 200

pounds
and with the platform at 50 and battery at least at 50 I'm left with
only
100 pounds of capacity on the platform for large but light objects such
as
box fans, pillows, and sleeping bags.



Any experiences with either option? TIA.


The boxes are available from specialist car racing specialists. The boxes
must be used in Rally/Race cars when the battery is in the passenger
compartment. The battery is vented by means of a 6mm pvc tube.


You can get something similar for boats.
--
Martin



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Old August 23rd 04, 06:56 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Mark
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Posts: 25
Default Any experience mounting 12-volt camping battery

seems strange that people are so concerned, when you bear in mind, that the
old mini had the battery in the boot, the mg had it under the back seat, as
did the skoda estelle, and probably many others too. I'd just drill a hole
in the floor and put a wgromet in it to vent the gas.BTW I do know that
hydrogen gas is lighter than air, as I suspect did Austin, MG and Skoda
designers, but they must have complied with the regulations or we would
never have seen them.

"martin" wrote in message
...
On Wed, 11 Aug 2004 14:33:00 +0100, "JK"
wrote:

"Que" wrote in message
...
I'd like to mount a 12-volt battery, probably in the truck of my car,
for
powering 12-volt lights/fans/etc. in my tent. I'd use an isolator
between
the generator and auxiliary battery to allow charging of both batteries

but
prevent lights/fans/etc. from drawing power from the car battery. The
problem is that especially during charging batteries vent toxic gases
and
fumes could pass from the trunk into the passenger area (for instance I

can
smell pizza in the passenger area when I place it in the trunk).

According
to the local RV shop containers for batteries exist that will vent gases

to
the outside of the car, but I've never seen any and they don't sell
them.



Another approach I've considered is installing a hitch and placing the
battery in a box that would be mounted to a hitch platform. Venting
would
not be a problem but I would be wasting the weight capacity of hitch
platform. The car will only accept class one hitches that carry 200

pounds
and with the platform at 50 and battery at least at 50 I'm left with
only
100 pounds of capacity on the platform for large but light objects such
as
box fans, pillows, and sleeping bags.



Any experiences with either option? TIA.


The boxes are available from specialist car racing specialists. The boxes
must be used in Rally/Race cars when the battery is in the passenger
compartment. The battery is vented by means of a 6mm pvc tube.


You can get something similar for boats.
--
Martin



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Old August 24th 04, 10:38 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
FF
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Default Any experience mounting 12-volt camping battery

On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 18:56:47 +0000 (UTC), "Mark" wrote:

seems strange that people are so concerned, when you bear in mind, that the
old mini had the battery in the boot, the mg had it under the back seat, as
did the skoda estelle,

and as does the Audi A6 ... maddeningly.

Liz
 



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