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House Battery - Where and What Type

Where are you all putting your house batteries? And what type of batteries are you using? Would be nice to add one under the driver seat (adjacent to the starter battery). I do not have the dual battery setup but do have the heavy duty alternator. Looking to go simple, low power usage and low profile.

I've searched a bit on the site but was hoping someone has the super simple, elegant solution that I missed in my research.
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Where are you all putting your house batteries? And what type of batteries are you using? Would be nice to add one under the driver seat (adjacent to the starter battery). I do not have the dual battery setup but do have the heavy duty alternator. Looking to go simple, low power usage and low profile.

I've searched a bit on the site but was hoping someone has the super simple, elegant solution that I missed in my research.
It's tight under the driver seat, when 2 batteries are installed. You might be able to get a house battery in there with a single OEM battery, but, I don't think anyone has actually done it.

A dual battery install has them both sitting across the width of the battery box. A single install has the one running forward/back. The box itself is adaptable to either config, but, the lid is different.

Even if you could get a battery in there, amp-hour capacity would be dictated by size. It's not big enough for a 105 ah group 31, for example. And, you'd still have to find a place for a controller-charger of one genre or another.

Several of us are using CTEK D250S Dual as our controller-charger. It's pretty simple to connect. I'm no expert, so, can't go into the other options.

Some guys are powering their systems off of the 60 amp terminal(s) on the side of the driver seat pedestal. I guess I did it "wrong," by running cables from the OEM battery, to the CTEK (with fuse on the positive cable).

I built a battery box that sits behind the driver seat, with battery, controller, and some other stuff that goes beyond what you're doing. Well, before I got the battery box set up, the house battery and CTEK unit --and a fuse block to my 12v devices -- were all in, or zip-tied to, a 6-gal milk crate, which was strapped in to the tie-down points of my cargo van, behind the driver seat.

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I was like you -- wanted to start with the simplest 12v system, which I could build from. I think the battery+CTEK just may be the simplest. With it fixed up in the milk crate, it's certainly the Okie-est. Here's a direct link with photo, in my build thread: Project: Minimalist with kayak

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Great info! Thanks much @EddieZ !

Bummer that under the seat won't work, that'd be pretty clean. I'll check out the CTEK.
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I've been giving this a little more thought and what I'm really currently concerned with is running the stereo while parked. I'm wondering if simply adding another starter battery (under seat or not) and a marine battery selector switch would work. Something like this:

http://www.powerwerx.com/batteries-c...itch-dual.html

Seems like it would provide a nice option for an emergency start via the second battery if I accidentally drain battery 1. Obviously I'd want both to be charged by the alternator (maybe have to select 1+2 while driving). Anyone have any experience with this?
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