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Old 02-12-2019, 08:52 AM   #1
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This coming season we’re going to do a little dry camping, once the snow melts

We have an early 2018 Rockwood Mini Lite 2104s without front window and I plan to replace the single 12v Group 24 that came with it to 2 6v GC2s and want to put them into the same battery tray. I’ve already researched the batteries and boxes I want that will fit.

My question is for others who have done this will the battery tray hold 120-125 lbs. compared to the 46-48 lbs. currently in there?

If you have gone this route did you have to reinforce the tray or has it been okay?

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I would reinforce the tray IMHO. Put a piece of aluminum in the tray and drill holes with nuts and bolts along the sides. Lite weight and ties the side rails together.
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I would reinforce the tray IMHO. Put a piece of aluminum in the tray and drill holes with nuts and bolts along the sides. Lite weight and ties the side rails together.
Thanks, that would be a simple modification.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:32 AM   #4
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Either way should work. Not heard of the batteries falling off but you'll feel better with reinforcement. I'd use steel angle iron and weld to the frame. Rattle can of black paint.

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we had the 2015 version of that trailer and installed 2 Trojan t105s on the stock tray. We never had an Issue after 10,000 miles
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:21 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your replies.
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Tigger1 I have a 2016 2504s. I added treated plywood shims to the battery box rails then put a plastic box on top. After that I put 3 group 31 batteries in the box. Each battery weighs about 64 pounds each. Been 3+ years and no problems at all. Putting 2 6volts won’t be a problem IMHO. Jay.
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Only reinforcement really need for the twin angle arm "rack" is adding a piece in the center to keep the angle brackets from spreading.

120-130 lbs is nothing for the battery supports.
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I have 2 6v Trojan t125 in boxes and locking clamps and no issues. But I would check the welds from time to time as you live In a snowier area than I do
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Mine came from the factory with 2 12v batteries (a pleasant surprise). They fit fine, and it looks like the tray hasn't been modified at all. I'm going to clean up the mess of wires that FR left at assembly and while doing that I'll take a closer look at the supports, but I think they'll be ok.

I know it's been beat to death, but I kind of like the idea of sticking with 12v batteries. If one craps out for some reason, I can keep the camper running on the remaining good one.

Either way, you'll have plenty of juice for a couple days of lights, fans and heat without thinking about it.
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