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second battery ??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by General Grounds, Nov 17, 2001.

  1. General Grounds

    General Grounds Member
    Messages: 66

    :confused: Hey guys, i have a chevy with 2 batteries, never understood why? some help, and does this help with using my plow, if so could i add one to my f250?Tony
  2. plowjockey

    plowjockey PlowSite.com Sponsor
    Messages: 622

    You must have the diesel in the Chevy. The two battery set up gives you more reserve.

  3. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    As well as additional reserve, dual batteries give you more cranking power - especially important with a diesel.

    Yes, duals CAN help with a plow, but a good hefty single battery and high-output alternator can also work well.

    One problem you may run into with installing a second battery is where to put it - I don't know how much room you have under your F250's hood.
  4. Highpoint

    Highpoint Senior Member
    Messages: 241


    Untill we got new trucks, we just kept a freashly charged battery inside the truck setting on the floor. When the existing battery began to show signs of drainage, we just swapped out batteries. 2 batteries usually got us through most snowfall events. this is cheaper than trying to wire up a duel system.
  5. plowjockey

    plowjockey PlowSite.com Sponsor
    Messages: 622

    Good point. I have gone to a battery that is for an ambulance so it has good reserve for extra items.

  6. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    Two batterie is not that expensive. On older 250's there was room under the hood. I have also seen them put into toolboxes or cases in the bed.

    Even my little Toyota has duals. I bought the kit for a diesel Toyota to add the second tray. My other trucks are diesels now so I hav no problems.

    I also run Optima Yellow Tops
  7. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    Gm dual batterys are an option on all trucks,I 've worked on many gas engines with dual batterys.
  8. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266


    Please tell me how you managed to cram two batteries into a 92-97 F 250 HD or F 350. I just don't see how it could be done, even with the 5.8.

  9. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Dont ALL makes of Trucks with Diesel engines have them?? I ordered my truck with dual batteries, and just the other year wired them together, as from the factory, it was a AUX. battery that was isolated. I wanted the increased capacity of joining them together. Battery trays are available for all Chevys, just look for ones with the Diesel engine, then buy some heavy gauge wire and wire them together + to + and - to -.
  10. litle green guy

    litle green guy Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I have dual batteries in my chevy too and mine is gas.
  11. plowjockey

    plowjockey PlowSite.com Sponsor
    Messages: 622

    I must have had brain fade. I had thought it was primarily for the diesels but I forgot the other option set ups that had it.

  12. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    Dual batteries

    Just had a dual battery setup installed in my 86 K10. It was easy and not that expensive. well worth the cost IMO

    DYNA PLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Geoff , i had dual batterys in my 94 f250. moved the charcoal can that was right behind the stock battery and then bent the bracket down and installed the 2nd battery right behind the 1st one. i set it right on top of the plastic wheel well liner and it did fine for two years however i allways ment to make a mounting plate for it.
  14. speedracer241

    speedracer241 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    second battery

    i mounted one it the truck box . some welding cable and some "custom engineering" and spent bout 40 bucks. works good though.

    Mark K
  15. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    There is a kit out there that replaces your factory battery tray, with a tray that will hold 2 Optima Red Top Batteries, not sure if the yellow is the same size. This kit requires no modifications to the truck from what I have been told.

    I am looking for this kit and when i find it I will buy it. The truck will then have 2 optima batteries. I found that when we connected a second battery to the truck, that all the voltage problems went away. The 95 Amp alternator was fine, when you had two batteries with 850 CCA.

  16. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    I have 2 Optima Red Top Batteries hooked up on my '84 dodge, gas. Also 114 amp alt. Have plenty of power.

    Just a suggestion, if you change your alt. repleace the voltage regulator if you have an external one.

  17. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133


    Sorry I was looking for a picture of it. Could not find it though. I basically did what you described in the kit. I made my own plate and mounting straps.
    Optima Red and Yellows are the same size approx. I used the Yellows per Optima. They fit in perpendicular to the way the original battery went in.
    Add the extra terminals and cables and you are set. This will make a huge difference on a gasser.
    Another option I have heard is to modify the other side with a diesel intake and put the battery where the second diesel one goes on the driver side.
  18. jason2

    jason2 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 117

    Geoff, I posted in another thread a link to the dual battery setup that you are looking for. It comes with two Optima's on a single tray, with wiring included. http://www.wranglernw.com/ They are pricey.