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INSAYN

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Posted: 12/27/05 11:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thought I would reconstruct some info from my website for use on this forum. Some of you probably have already seen this, but this way it can be added to the sticky that Brad has been working on.

I will just copy and paste some of the info directly into this post.

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Here ya go..

I decided that I needed to up the Battery AMP hours for my new truck camper from dual Group 24's, to dual Group 31's. The Snowriver camper has a very user friendly battery box design, that allows the owner (me) to install larger batteries in the same space as smaller batteries. If you have looked at very many brands of new and older brands of truck campers, you will see that they usually only allow you enough room for one battery, and usually fit a Group 27 or less at that.

So, I set out to find a battery tray that can support two heavy (68lbs each) batteries. I wanted the luxury of being able to service the water levels while the batteries were still in the camper, and not have to lift them out to do so. I did find one shelf that would have worked, but the cost was way out of my desired level, so I get to design and build my own.

With some help from my buddy Mark and his new (used) sheet metal brake, and another friend Mike that does powder coating on the side, I was able to design and finish exactly what I set out to do.

This is what I had to start with, only there were two of these small Group 24 batteries.





Here it is closed and then in the full extension at 12" out. Perfect for a 13" long battery.







Bolted into place, and then extended out to show the workings.







Batteries placed in the tray and the tray locked into place, the door will just close and all is good. The batteries actually fit better if put in the tray sideways. I may go ahead and flip them around and make sure that the furthest battery back has the water caps towards the center. I just like the looks of this way better.







Here the batteries shown extended pretty much all the way out, and in the last picture, it is clear that reaching the water covers will be a cinch.









Oh! And the grand total in parts and powder coating was a whopping $27. The full extension slides are rated at 100lbs a pair and each battery is 68 lbs, so it all worked out great.

Hope this give someone some insight and motivation to build their own parts if your anything like me and like to create.

INSAYN


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BobsYourUncle

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Posted: 12/27/05 11:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey thats really great!! Nice pics! I am currently pondering ideas for adding a pair of 6V golf cart batteries to my TT. You have given me some good ideas. Thanks
Bob


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Posted: 12/27/05 11:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a slick looking unit and oh so functional. Cool!


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Don M.

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Posted: 12/28/05 08:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice info and post. Wish more folks would post "homebuilt" projects!


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Posted: 12/28/05 08:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great post (and project!) Insayn! Appreciate the time and effort to share your work with us. Thanks...


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Posted: 12/28/05 08:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

looks good,wish they sold those trogan batterys around here.


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Posted: 12/28/05 09:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great post of an interesting job well done.

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With a smile and an extended hand....."You did well, Man !!!!Thanks for the insite. John


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Posted: 12/28/05 01:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Insayn

I to own a snowbird 9'6". I am currently using 2 6 volt batteries. They are interstate 220 work aholic's. Would these still work in your tray?

Thanks
Dan


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Posted: 12/28/05 01:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Added to the Projects and Ideas Thread

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