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Dodge A108 beach-cruiser/camper project

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tower9

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Location : huntington beach
Registration date : 2014-01-03

Re: Dodge A108 beach-cruiser/camper project

Post by tower9 on Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:14 pm

yes the 12v accessory panel is wired to a deep cycle marine battery that sits under the rear platform bed in the storage area. (see pics above). I don't run anything extra off of the engine battery. I just have a stock alternator & I don't have any charging issues.
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edfields

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Location : San Francisco
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Registration date : 2015-04-19

Re: Dodge A108 beach-cruiser/camper project

Post by edfields on Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:54 pm

Do you charge your second battery through a battery isolator off your alternator, or does it get recharged at home before a trip? Wondering how long the battery can last and what type of accessories you typically power.
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tower9

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Location : huntington beach
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Re: Dodge A108 beach-cruiser/camper project

Post by tower9 on Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:19 pm

I charge it at home and it lasts throughout my entire stay. We only camp for 5 days at a time, but there is still plenty of juice when were done. We generally just charge phones / iPads, I have a 12v powered 12" - 14" diameter 3 speed fan I'll run as needed and I can also recharge the camp lantern if necessary. For me, if I was going to need to recharge the battery while out I was going to go the Solar panel route and set the panel on the roof of the van and run the line down through the side pop out window and keep it on trickle charge the whole time.
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edfields

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Re: Dodge A108 beach-cruiser/camper project

Post by edfields on Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:07 pm

Great info - thanks.

My needs are similar, so I was planning on doing up an auxiliary power set up like this without compromising the engine battery. Glad to know it works good for multiple days.

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