Now with all this fussy stuff done, I got some work done outside. First, I hated the thought of my batteries sitting unsecured at the storage facility or some campground. So I set out looking of things to secure the plastic boxes. I found some viable solutions ranging from making some bands out of steel stock to purchasing rv-specific battery storage boxes made out of diamond plate. These rv-specific boxes came with an appropriate rv-specific price tag often reaching upwards of $300-$400 and most designed to carry just one battery. So I put the Google machine to work and found the following solution at Lowes for just $169.
I did have to move the LP bottle mount forward (away from the coach) about 1 inch which was easy with the self tapping screws and I simply anchored the Kobalt box with self tapping screws in similar fashion. The design of this box as a bed side tool box for a pickup truck really lends itself nicely to be used in this application allowing space for most WD hitch applications.
At just 48" wide, it is almost double the size needed for one group 24 battery and one group 27 and after some grinder action on the old boxes to remove the handles and lid fasteners, they both fit like a glove secured in place each with a single self tapping screw through the bottom of the toolbox.-
I know, I know, I'm not supposed to mix group sizes, brands or age of batteries but the larger group 27 energizer off my popup was only 6 months old so I'm gonna give it a whirl. I imagine in another year I will have upgraded to lithium! It doesn't hurt to dream does it?
As luck would have it, my positioning of the batteries would result in the support arm coming in contact the the negative terminal post. Luckily it was the positive side but nothing the ole grinder couldn't fix-
I'm a big fan of Yakima products and had a number of bits laying around so I retrofitted some raingutter roof mounts, and cut in half 54" cross bar and some bike trays to the rear cargo rack. I will need to get some better pictures especially in use but this is all I had of the install-
Without getting too crazy, I just wanted to see how this works. With the 3 bike trays installed here, I just need to figure out how to add 5 more to match what our popup was capable of. What I like about this is that a large majority of the cargo rack is available for fire wood, a cooler or whatever on the street side.
That is about it for now. Up next are some LED's bulbs and matching lock cores all around. Oh and some Andersen Levelers- those look amazing!
Got a short 3 night trip planned in Frisco on Dillon Reservoir this weekend in the mountains for some snowboarding and sunbathing which brings our total to 5 nights so far this year... actually 5 nights in 7 week and 8 of those nights were at Disney Wold as mentioned earlier. Can't wait and if I think about it, I'll get a picture of the LED TV on the mantel that seems to be a popular topic in other threads of more of the bike rack.