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Old 07-29-2013, 12:05 PM
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Just wondering if anyone has put in a second battery into their trucks? If so where did you find a good place to install? under the hood?

Im looking at adding a second battery and was wondering if the 180 Amp Alt would be capable of keeping both charged with all the gadgets running on these trucks. I want to run some extra lighting without the engine running. so need a little extra battery power. Also wont hurt after truck sits for a week or two in the -40C winter.
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My truck is a Cummins so it came with 2 batteries from the factory. They are both under the hood but of course the truck is designed for it. Once you find a spot for it the big thing would be to wire it correctly.
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running it in parallel will maintain the 12V
Im just wondering if the alt will handle thr amperage that both batts will pull when somewhat depleted ..
What alt rating is in your truck? 180Amps ? i think you are a 220 Amp??
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I am actually waiting to attempt the same thing. I am currently running the Vararam Air Grabber so that freed up the stock air intake spot.

I have found the part number for the second battery tray that the Cummins use and I am gong to get that. The fenders are the same so the mounting locations should be the same as well.

My install will look just like our heavy duty counterparts.

My truck has a 160 AMP alternator.. I think mine will handle it just fine since I don't really experience any truly cold conditions like you do.
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Im with Doug here ^^^
Got the idea from him and have the same open space.
Just waiting for him to complete it first....LOL
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Forgive me for asking, but what would be the advantage to this in a 1/2 ton truck?
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Depends on your application. For starting the engine and running the electronics that it already has absolutely nothing.

However as the OP states for someone who will be putting extra electronics and doesn't want to put the extra strain on one battery alone.. this is the ideal solution.
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that sounds like a good idea/location. I was already thinking about getting the Vararam CAI so your right, now that i think about it, that would free up some space. thanks Arth.

Yes, as i mentioned, a second battery for me would let me run extra lighting without charging the batteries, and in temps like -40C the batteries drop off quick if you leave lights on for any length of time. basically i cant run my truck in certain areas (oil & gas in alberta) but need lighting to see in the dark of winter. Basically dont want to get stranded out in the middle of nowhere in cold winter and not have the truck start!

I found this link for a circuit online. thought id post it here as it gives options and ideas.
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that sounds like a good idea/location. I was already thinking about getting the Vararam CAI so your right, now that i think about it, that would free up some space. thanks Arth.

Yes, as i mentioned, a second battery for me would let me run extra lighting without charging the batteries, and in temps like -40C the batteries drop off quick if you leave lights on for any length of time. basically i cant run my truck in certain areas (oil & gas in alberta) but need lighting to see in the dark of winter. Basically dont want to get stranded out in the middle of nowhere in cold winter and not have the truck start!
CowboyZ51, if you need this Vararam, we have some stocking units arriving this week sometime
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I am actually waiting to attempt the same thing. I am currently running the Vararam Air Grabber so that freed up the stock air intake spot.

I have found the part number for the second battery tray that the Cummins use and I am gong to get that. The fenders are the same so the mounting locations should be the same as well.

My install will look just like our heavy duty counterparts.

My truck has a 160 AMP alternator.. I think mine will handle it just fine since I don't really experience any truly cold conditions like you do.
By chance, could you pass along that part number for the second battery tray?
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