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Homemade dual battery tray & Aux fuseblock

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tweeek, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Mar 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM
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    tweeek

    tweeek [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I bought an ARB 50qt fridge/freezer and a pair of Odyssey batteries. the two options I found for dual battery trays were very pricey, so I put this together this morning. I have the aux fuse block cutout rough, but will update with some progress soon.

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    Paint is dying now. More to come on the aux block.
     
  2. Mar 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM
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    slodc4

    slodc4 Conceal Carry

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    Sweet!!!

    What are you using the 2 batteries for?

    I thought about doing something similar for a winch setup
     
  3. Mar 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM
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    One is for regular starting duties, the other will run my fridge and any other accessories. I have aBluesea 7622 to isolate the two, and of course, can combine for winching duty.

    I have an 80 watt solar panel for keeping the house battery topped off while camping in the desert too. More on that to come.
     
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  4. Mar 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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    slodc4

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    Oh I get you, I seen where you put you got an arb fridge but I didn't realize you were using it on the truck

    do you have them both hooked to the factory alternator?
     
  5. Mar 30, 2014 at 8:09 PM
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  6. Apr 12, 2014 at 5:49 PM
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    Dual batteries / isolator / aux block installed.

    Have a second circuit breaker for my wire run to the bed of the truck. Ill have a second fuse block back there. I am running 2 awg to the bed incase I decide to add a battery there in the future and use one large one up front.

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    Still have to wire in the in cab control, along with in cab winch control and a few other things.

    I have a large order of switches coming from otrattw, and a couple flush mount volt meters to monitor both batteries state.
     
  7. Apr 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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    Looks Good ! Great write up and Pics.
     
  8. Apr 18, 2014 at 8:14 AM
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    Very nice setup. I just bought a dual battery kit. I have stock battery and Die hard Platinum 31m. I plan on Having the second battery in a battery box mount to the bed. I plan on putting a solor panel attached to the second battery to charge it whenever i can.
     
  9. May 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM
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    Finished wiring in cab controls. Put a switch panel in the sunglasses holder. I know this has been done before, but I added a twist. In between the map lights is a small voltage monitor to check current status of either battery.

    Volt meter comes on automatically when engine running, but can also be checked by the momentary switch below it if trick is off. The aux battery rocker selects which battery to monitor.

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    I just bought this solar panel and I can't decide if I want to run a second deep cycle battery, replace my current battery with a deep cycle, or just hook it to my current battery.

    I carry dogs in the bed of my truck and I run fans with the engine off and I need a way that it won't drain my battery. I also have a sound system in the truck, so I was thinking the more electronics, the more sense a deep cycle made?

    Any thoughts?
     
  11. May 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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    If you are just running fans that solar panel is probably way overkill. Unless you are running a fridge/freezer, I would just get a large dual purpose starting/deep cycle like the odyssey or sears die hard platinum. A group 31 agm would run a12v fan on its own for many many hours and still start the truck. Figure out the amp draw of the fans and you can figure out how long to expect from the battery.

    I wouldn't bother with a second battery for this scenario.
     
  12. May 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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    Nice setup, I like it. What it that unit between the reading lights that says 12.61?
     
  13. May 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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    Do you have the dimensions on the battery tray?
     
  14. May 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM
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    looks good! good work
     
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    Voltage meter to show charging state of aux or starting battery
     
  16. May 6, 2014 at 7:37 AM
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    Sorry no, just take the dimensions of the battery x2 though. No magic here, I just sat the batteries down on the table and marked the angle sitting beside them.
     
  17. May 6, 2014 at 7:40 AM
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    Nice work OP! That's a clean looking install
     
  18. May 6, 2014 at 7:47 AM
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    I like it! Been thinking of doing the same
     
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    Well done, any updates to this since your initial build?
     
  20. Sep 9, 2017 at 2:52 PM
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    This is the exact setup I hope to do in the future. How much did this whole setup run you
     

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