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Old 06-24-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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upgraded from group 24 to a group 27

I was looking to upgrade the battery on the 1950 for more RC and AH but found out after i bought the new battery and box that it was to long to fit in the space for the group 24.

I was thinking of just using some self taping screws to hold it in place but was concerned that there was too much overhang off the side and not enough support for the weight of the battery.

I thought and thought about what to do. I talked to a buddy and he said he could weld up a battery tray that I could just bolt to the trailer. He used 1/2" angle iron and some flat stock. It came out better than I expected.

I shot it with some rattle can gloss black and bolted it to the frame. I still used self taping screws to attach the box to the tray. Its on there pretty solid.

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This is how much it hangs over the frame


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Old 06-24-2009, 09:28 PM   #2
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here's the tray with the coat of gloss black



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Old 06-24-2009, 09:28 PM   #3
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here's the tray mounted and box installed




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Old 06-25-2009, 05:41 AM   #4
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Nice work.... May I suggest one thing that I have experienced with my first camper battery holder. I found that the vents on top of the cover to the battery case allowed water to enter and collect in the case, I had removed the battery and drilled holes in the bottom of the case so if water entered the case it would be able to drain, just a thought.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:06 AM   #5
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I'll second the nice job AND the drilling holes in the bottom to drain the water. I had one to fill up once and that was a nice mess.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:12 PM   #6
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Did the same thing, kind of

Yeah, after out first trip with our new Roo, we found the single deep cycle supplied by the dealer to be lacking a little (actually a lot). As we like to dry camp I quickly came up with a solution to fit 2 larger deep cycle batteries, plus a mount for the tank for the kerosene to run the Espar heater in the trailer. Oh yeah, and after I saw how much water accumulated in the battery box of the original battery, I drilled drains into the new boxes and filled the vents in the tops with urethane.
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