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Old 03-10-2016, 06:52 PM   #1
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Battery Slide Out

Of all the things I have done to this Coach, one that stands out to me in the way of convenience, is my battery compartment slide. I have a 6 battery coach power system. I have a lot of Solar Panels, and we Boon Dock a lot. Maintaining the batteries was an actual pain, it burnt up a lot of t-shirts bending over the batteries to water, check, or clean the rear batteries. So here is my solution. I hope this is inspiration to someone to add to their Adventure, and design a battery tray. Hey this stuff is FUN!
Later, Ken
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:21 PM   #2
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Looks nice! Very clean solution. Thanks for posting the pics.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:21 PM   #3
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Battery Slide Out

Ken, it appears that you have a tray and a frame that mounts to the bottom of the original battery compartment. How did you securely attach the "tray" to the frame you built so that the tray does not tip out, I did not see a "slide". It looks like there is a tab that rides under the slide that locks it to the frame and there are 6 bolts through your frame to the bottom of the battery compartment. If that is true, my concern is that the tray would corrode due to off gassing and effectively stop the tray from moving. It also appears you placed a plastic piece between the battery and the tray you fabricated, material did you use and what did you use for the tray/slide?

What you have done looks great!
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Dave you are extremely observant. You got way more from those pics. than I would have thought. The rubber under the batteries is EDPM Rubber Roof fabric. It is cross slit
under each battery to allow cleaning water to drain out through the original holes in the floor of the battery compartment. The friction slide material is nylon [I think] cutting boards from the kitchen department at Target, or wherever, cut into strips and bolted to the lower frame of the slide. There are two on the bottom and one on each side of the lower tray. The upper tray [battery tray] slides on those surfaces, I spray WD40 on them when I pull the tray out before I push it back in. In the first pic. you can see at the end of the tray a piece of metal with notches on each side. That is the anti tip feature of the design. I slide the tray to the back and hook it under the slides and pull it forward. It does not touch or drag on anything. The third piece in the pics. is the hinged bearing bracket mounted on the front of the compartment. The bearings can be raised and lowered to get the tray to either sit on the slide--for travel, or be raised at the front to allow the tray to be pulled out for service. All the fasteners are stainless steel. There is a captive 3/8" bolt that locks the tray in place for travel, so it is perfectly solid for safety reasons. I might be able to get better pictures of the bearing bracket if anyone is interested? I hope this clears up the pictures for you. Later, Ken
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Ken,

That cleared it up., thank you.
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Good looking job there Ken. After I get my air intake fixed ,I can see that will be on the list. Slow down a little so I can catch up. Just kidding keep up the good work.
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Ken, what did you use for the frame and tray stainless steel?
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Dave, That is 1/4" x 1/1/2" x 1/1/2" recycled hot rolled iron that I had lying around.
You can see from the date on the Batts. it was a while back. It really works well, I still get a little corrosion, but not too bad. I have not found a coating I can get to coat metal that really stops corrosion around the batteries. I have been looking for a very long time.
In California we have a bunch called the AQMD who make doing things well, very hard.
But I keep trying. Later, Ken
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