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Author Topic: Newbie-Trying to hook up a bettery that was never there.  (Read 1833 times)
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« on: June 06, 2011, 07:01:03 AM »

Hi everybody.  I have been searching this site ( which is great by the way ). I was able to find that I found the correct wires.  I have a 1998 Coleman/Fleetwood Taos.  I want to hook up a battery to it because where we camp mostly does not have hookup.  I found the white and black wires with the white connector in the front.  What else do I need besides a battery and a box and where could I find them.  Any good websites to find this stuff.  also any recomendations on type of battery to use.  Thank you very much for any help you could give me.

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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2011, 07:18:55 AM »

I have a 1998 Coleman/Fleetwood Taos.  I want to hook up a battery to it because where we camp mostly does not have hookup.  I found the white and black wires with the white connector in the front.  What else do I need besides a battery and a box and where could I find them.

All you need is the battery box and a good quality 12v deep cycle battery, a Group 27 or higher being a good choice since you want to dry camp.  Electric brakes were an option on the 1998 Taos and since it's such a small trailer it's unlikely many actually left the factory with brakes ... if your's is one without brakes then you'd obviously not need a breakaway switch or brake controller.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011, 07:41:29 AM »

I dont have anything that connects to the white plastic clip.  Can I remove that one and replace it with something else and then just run the wires to the battery?  and your right no brakes.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2011, 07:42:52 AM »

also What gauge wire should run to the battery? the same as the wire coming out of the frame?
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 08:25:37 AM »

I was reading the subject line and thought, "is a bettery a better battery?".  Then I realized it was a typo. Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 08:43:29 AM »

also What gauge wire should run to the battery? the same as the wire coming out of the frame?


Same or bigger, never smaller.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 08:50:12 AM »

You used to be able to buy the pig tail from the white plug to the battery at any coleman/fleetwood dealer. since coleman is now out of business it might be harder to find. I'd start with a former dealer and see if they still have them on a shelf somewhere.

If you cannot locate the prewired pigtail. splice the wires. Black goes to the positive terminal and white the negative on the battery.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2011, 08:59:31 AM »

Thank you everybody for the replies.  I think I will just get a plug from the local parts store and wire it up myself.  Glad to have found the site .  I will be back often.  Thanks again
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