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Old 03-11-2012, 10:16 AM
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Re: Secondary Battery

You planing on moving the spare tyre?
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You planing on moving the spare tyre?
Yep

As part of the module being made narrower I have done away with the LH drawer and the spare tyre will sit vertically through the top in the slot with a ratchet strap over.
I've cut access holes in the bottom of the module now and by taking a drawer out can reach down into the spare tyre well for lots of small goodies stuffed in there once the tyre is out.
Its a bit (well, a fair bit) of a compromise but I wasn't keen on the idea of unpacking the module and sliding it out to get at the tyre while out and about.

In our Patrol the module lived in the back permanently but with the WK2 the intent is to put it in only when we are going away. Used to be about a 20minute job......
I have another possibility of mounting the spare on the back of our off road van so if I go that route a drawer will go back in the LH side to get good storage back.

Another major project is to get hold of another set of wheels and tyres for our dirt road work - not as easy in Aus as it is in the US apparently.

Back on topic - have a look here on P69 for pics of a second battery idea for the WK2 - not a way I would have chosen but still......
http://caravanersforum.com/viewtopic...882&start=1360
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:57 PM
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Re: Secondary Battery

If your moving the spare I would mount the battery in the spare tyre well.
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Re: Secondary Battery

Hi there
My second battery is (aussie) mounted under the passengers seat. I dont have Quadalift. However there was still electronics in the well which I just removed from the plastic housing (discarded the housing) and put it alongside the well and the lower sill. I have not seen what is in the well of the air suspension but could it be possible to move that in the same area. You would have to remove the seat to get a good view of the area. The wiring harnesses can be disconected from the seat it is just a pain to work out how to undo the harnesses. From memory the yellow collar around the plug slides and it can then be pulled apart. Give it a try. I have a 100 ah sealed battery in mine. Charge the house battery in the van straight from the second battery and run a fridge in the back of the Jeep.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:22 AM
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Re: Secondary Battery

Think when I looked at my overland there was about 4 PCB in there.
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Unfortunately those of us with the CRD and QL don't have any available space to add a second battery. Under the bonnet (hood) and under the seat - no room.
The module is made so it will just slide in the back, bolt down and connect up when we are going away. It carries the 12v fridge, storage drawers, table and chairs all securely fastened for off road work.
Under the bonnet will work fine if you can get a spot to put a suitable bracket that can get good support - just don't put the battery where it will be exposed to extreme heat.
Hi John,

I know I am dredging up and old thread, but I am about to take delivery of a CRD with QL. I am looking at solving the fridge/drawers/2nd battery problem. Not being a big fan of re-inventing wheels, would you have any details on your install that I could see? I have a unit from my old Patrol that I was thinking of converting. Just need to understand how to make it work in the GC

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Hi John,

I know I am dredging up and old thread, but I am about to take delivery of a CRD with QL. I am looking at solving the fridge/drawers/2nd battery problem. Not being a big fan of re-inventing wheels, would you have any details on your install that I could see? I have a unit from my old Patrol that I was thinking of converting. Just need to understand how to make it work in the GC

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I guess you've trawled around while waiting for delivery - like most of us had.....
When I first measured up the floor footprint of the WK2 I thought it wouldn't be such a big deal to modify my old unit that I had built and used in 4 previous Patrols....turned out not to be so easy - the big influence was the rear doors on the Patrol were almost vertical and the rear door on the Jeep slopes inward and takes up much of the room. The rear opening shape is different as well.
In the end I pretty much cut my old module up and rebuilt it - had I started from scratch I may have finished up with an entirely different beast.
Anyway - biggest issue you will face is how to fasten your module down - the hold down points in the back are simply 1x10g self tapper in each and entirely unsuitable. I ended up using the spare tyre fixing bolt and a turnbuckle to the underside of my module. The base of my module has locating strips that match the spare tyre cover hole and locate the module horizontally.
I leave the spare in place, and to completely unload the module from the back takes about 10 minutes to strip down and lift out. I keep fingers crossed if I run good rubber that won't let me down.
I use a 30a DC/DC charger mounted on top of the second battery to manage the charge.
Check out here for other ideas
Ideas for fitting out a GC ? - AUSJEEPOFFROAD.COM - AJOR and maybe chase up Scarps over there for alternatives.

I guess the biggest difference from the Patrol is that now I take out the module when not going away - this means I get the space back for golf clubs etc when home and I don't cart all the weight around when its not being used. This concept influenced how I modified my module and how it is fixed in place. Anyway - we've clocked up 14000k of towing the van and more than happy with how it all works - no rattles or squeaks and that is a pass as far as i am concerned.
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Re: Secondary Battery

Surprised nobody has mentioned under neath the seat? My wk2 has the empty spot under the seat.
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Surprised nobody has mentioned under neath the seat? My wk2 has the empty spot under the seat.
No space under the seat with the QL equipped vehicles.....its full of wiring and relays and stuff that looks better left alone........
With the CRD engine there is absolutely no space under the bonnet (hood?) either.
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Re: Secondary Battery

Thanls John,

Your posts and the link have given me a wealth of information.

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Col,
We purchased a 75 amp thumper which lives behind the passenger seat. I use a load strap looped around the front and rear seat mounts to secure it to the floor and it was an easy job to hook it up to the main battery. The thumper has run our 50 litre fridge freezer and led light perfectly all year and when we are not traveling it is a 5 minute job to remove the battery. You also get the option to leave your fridge and battery at your camp site with this setup. The thumper is good for about 20 hours before 50% discharge though this varies with ambient temperatures.
I also have a small inverter for charging cameras etc and have added a engel 90 watt flexible solar panel to keep the power up when not travelling. Thumper was about $750 complete. This setup has worked very well for us over about 40000ks of travel this year.
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