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Old 02-06-2016, 10:01 PM   #11
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Good example. Thanks. That deeper narrow battery tray would definitely work in my space. The support arm in the first pic must go up to the floor would be necessary in my case as the outer side wall (skirt) where the door is would not support the weight.

If I could find a factory made tray of those dimensions I think I could install myself. As for now my current batteries are fine.


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That is exactly where it goes. The outer shell cannot support anything like the weight of 4 batteries. The gusset at the frame helps a lot but the box section does a lot of work.
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:47 AM   #12
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Hi lornav, congratulations on the new coach. I installed to Trojan T105 6V. ( T-105 | Trojan Battery Company ) they fit on the try just fine. They were slightly taller, so I had to turn the plastic cover over and drill a new hole for the wing nut. I really have no idea how much I gained from this change. I do know I would like to have at least twice the battery Power I have now. BTW, I also installed 2000 watt 110v Inverter.
Well we are in So Calif where it is hardly cold and mostly sunny for solar, but our 200 watts of solar support us fine with three Group 24s which is about equal to the two trogans at roughly 240 amps.

WE have a 2000 watt Pure Sine Wave inverter but turn it off when not needed, due to the 2+- amp ambient load when on but not in use. We have a 200 watt plug in HF inverter that runs the Direct TV and the TV itself is 12v.

I would have Four 6's and 400 watt solar if I could figure out how to mount two more batteries
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I gave up trying to find a welder to build me a custom tray. Today I started building one out of steel from Lowe's. Hopefully I will finish tomorrow and post some pictures.


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I gave up trying to find a welder to build me a custom tray. Today I started building one out of steel from Lowe's. Hopefully I will finish tomorrow and post some pictures.


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Anxious to see what you do as we noted that IF WE GET THE FR3 we like, there is no where for the two extra batteries we would want. Thanks
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Well I didn't finish today but I got pretty close. I just need a few more brackets to stiffen things up. Later I will paint it black. Click image for larger version

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Very nice start. Plywood for the base? Or some sort of heavy duty extruded aluminum?


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Yes tomorrow's agenda is some added bracing and a plywood bottom. Then install the batteries and I'm hitting the road on Wednesday.


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That's a great start! The Dexion is strong enough to hold 120 lbs of batteries. I you could, however, I would look for a way to add some type of fore and aft bracing to the existing battery holder. 120 lbs on what looks like a 3 foot level arm is a lot of leverage to your attachment points and I would worry about the effects of the momentum over time. A tie to the existing battery tray would eliminate the moment arm when stopping and starting.
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Thanks, that's just what I'm looking at today. I will be adding two or three more braces. It may not come out looking that clean but it will be strong.


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Yes tomorrow's agenda is some added bracing and a plywood bottom. Then install the batteries and I'm hitting the road on Wednesday.


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How much Solar in the roof?
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