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Old 05-20-2022, 08:38 PM   #1
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Class C battery bank location

I would like to DIY a solar and lithium setup in my 2019 E-450 Forest River 2850 Class C and step one is determining location of lithium battery bank and probably inverter, other components. Ideally it would be inside RV for temperature control and security.

I am interested in feedback from anyone that has already done this on a Class C, especially with layout similar to mine, or Class C's in general.

Plan is starting with 400ah (100ah x4) batteries without internal heating but would also like to keep option open for expanding battery bank. I know other battery configurations are available but I'm planning on going with Chins LifePo (my budget) and would rather risk a 100ah to failure than a 200ah failure somewhere down the road.

The only inside location I have identified as potential is rear bedroom closet (12" wide x 26" deep by 30" high on drivers side. I can probably fit four (and more) Group 27 batteries as well as inverter, solar controllers, etc. It is also located right behind this closet in exterior storage area.

I currently don't see why this isn't an ideal spot but just looking for opinions and alternative location options inside or if everyone is doing this in outside storage (requiring heated batteries as I'll sometimes encountering freezing weather). If outside, where are folks locating? My rig has large side-to-side back storage which is probably the only exterior storage size large enough to keep all components together.

Many thanks, I'm sure I'll be reaching out more. Please forgive my neophyte inexperience, all DIYers start somewhere . Regardless, safe travels and happy trails to everyone.
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Old 05-20-2022, 09:19 PM   #2
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I would like to DIY a solar and lithium setup in my 2019 E-450 Forest River 2850 Class C and step one is determining location of lithium battery bank and probably inverter, other components. Ideally it would be inside RV for temperature control and security.

I am interested in feedback from anyone that has already done this on a Class C, especially with layout similar to mine, or Class C's in general.

Plan is starting with 400ah (100ah x4) batteries without internal heating but would also like to keep option open for expanding battery bank. I know other battery configurations are available but I'm planning on going with Chins LifePo (my budget) and would rather risk a 100ah to failure than a 200ah failure somewhere down the road.

The only inside location I have identified as potential is rear bedroom closet (12" wide x 26" deep by 30" high on drivers side. I can probably fit four (and more) Group 27 batteries as well as inverter, solar controllers, etc. It is also located right behind this closet in exterior storage area.

I currently don't see why this isn't an ideal spot but just looking for opinions and alternative location options inside or if everyone is doing this in outside storage (requiring heated batteries as I'll sometimes encountering freezing weather). If outside, where are folks locating? My rig has large side-to-side back storage which is probably the only exterior storage size large enough to keep all components together.

Many thanks, I'm sure I'll be reaching out more. Please forgive my neophyte inexperience, all DIYers start somewhere . Regardless, safe travels and happy trails to everyone.
You should find a location in the middle. Each of my BattleBorns weight 33lb. I installed mine next to stairs & the 65lb Inverter/Charger in the next compartment. The Inverter/Charger needs ventilation.
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