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    I am in the process of adding a second battery to my riverboat.
    I am having a hard time finding a battery tray that will fit my battery box dimensions. 7.5 X 10.75. The only one I found wide enough is at West marine and it's not the strap down type, it's designed to clamp down over my battery alone. I have even looked on eBay......
    Any ideas on this? Is it necessary to have batteries in a box?

    Also, Do most of you have a battery combiner wired in for charging or do you just switch your selector to "both" while running?

    Thanks,

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    The only reason I know you should have a battery box is to keep something from shorting a cross the battery.

    What I do is to use one battery going out and the 2nd battery coming back. That way I know everything is working. I never switch batteries running, yes you can, I don’t.

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    I dont know what "group" size your battery is from the dimensions you gave, I did get one from Napa this spring for a group 24, also ABS alaska battery has some in Fbks. and I beleive they have a store in Anch.
    The one I bought had a strap that screwed to the floor and held things in place, a good idea and can prevent a short if something gets dropped.

    Also I know you can buy just the strap seperately from W-marine or Napa

    I always turn both batteries on when I am under power, if I need to run the winch or some other high load device then I isolate the two so I have enough in one to start the motor.

    I figure if I have two batteries I want both fully charged when I need them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akdanman View Post
    I am in the process of adding a second battery to my riverboat.
    I am having a hard time finding a battery tray that will fit my battery box dimensions. 7.5 X 10.75. The only one I found wide enough is at West marine and it's not the strap down type, it's designed to clamp down over my battery alone. I have even looked on eBay......
    Any ideas on this? Is it necessary to have batteries in a box?

    Also, Do most of you have a battery combiner wired in for charging or do you just switch your selector to "both" while running?

    Thanks,
    All of the battery boxes I have seen have been of a standard size, have you actually tried to fit your battery into any of the boxes available?

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    Simply built a wood cradle for my second battery, it is stowed up front under the hatch cover in my XS, little chance of stuff dropping on it. I always run on both for the same reason as AkGramps above. Want to know that the winch battery is good. I plug in a solar trickle charger when the boat is parked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AkRascal View Post
    Simply built a wood cradle for my second battery, it is stowed up front under the hatch cover in my XS, little chance of stuff dropping on it. I always run on both for the same reason as AkGramps above. Want to know that the winch battery is good. I plug in a solar trickle charger when the boat is parked.
    What brand solar charger are you running and how well do you like it? I have been looking them over and think they are a great idea for emergencies and for maintaining batteries while the boat is parked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoformudv View Post
    What brand solar charger are you running and how well do you like it? I have been looking them over and think they are a great idea for emergencies and for maintaining batteries while the boat is parked.
    I found mine on eBay. This particular type is suction cupped to the front window of VW's being shipped, I guess from Germany. It simply plugs into the cigarette lighter socket. Since I have a separate socket for the aux. battery I can isolate to that if I wish or plug it into the main socket and charge only the starting batt or both, depending on the selector switch. As I recall I paid about $20 plus shipping. Just checked, there is one listed opening bid $9.99, 4 days to go. Do a search for solar auto battery charger vw and you'll find it. It is durable and performs well.

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