Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-01-2011, 04:46 AM   #1
Member
 
BobKomar's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 78
battery relocate on a 1998 Bounder 34J

Fleetwood decided to park the house battery in the nose with the chassis battery. Of all the dumb places! This puts it to far away from anything weather tight to install a solar charge controller and not have to run far to much wire from either the panels on the roof, or the controller to the battery. It also makes it hard to add battery to the mix.
Has anyone relocated the house battery? Mind sharing some tips?
__________________

__________________
BobKomar is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-01-2011, 01:38 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Old Bounder's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 906
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobKomar View Post
Fleetwood decided to park the house battery in the nose with the chassis battery. Of all the dumb places! This puts it to far away from anything weather tight to install a solar charge controller and not have to run far to much wire from either the panels on the roof, or the controller to the battery. It also makes it hard to add battery to the mix.
Has anyone relocated the house battery? Mind sharing some tips?
I haven't relocated mine, but I have added a second set of GC-2s to the front half of the bay just aft of the entry door. The addition required the installation of a sealed (and vented) battery box. To mitigate the distance (and cable lengths) between the battery sets, I installed my Inverter/Charger in the bay just behind the right front wheel (the lower half of this bay is the propane tank on my 34V. The result is equal length cables to/from the Inverter/Charger between each battery set.
The bay chosen for the I/C is a convenient place for monitor/controller connections to be made. The wires can be fed directly up the interior wall to the cabinet wall with all the disconnect and associated switches currently mounted there. I have my TriMetric Monitor and I/C Control Panel mounted there.
I have photos that might be of limited value to you if you are planning similar changes.
BTW - I don't share your opinion that the OEM placement of the batteries (behind the grill) was/is a poor arrangement. The proximity to the chassis battery and the BCC is both logical and convenient.
__________________

__________________
Old Bounder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 05:27 AM   #3
Member
 
BobKomar's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 78
I'll have to look into battery boxes. I have never seen a sealed/vented unit that fits a pair of 6 volt batteries, that is what I'm hoping to use.
__________________
BobKomar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Old Bounder's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 906
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobKomar View Post
I'll have to look into battery boxes. I have never seen a sealed/vented unit that fits a pair of 6 volt batteries, that is what I'm hoping to use.
Here's the one I used. It can be easily sealed around the cable access holes with Eternabond or wide electrical tape. I added a flexible vent hose (to the outside) to the lid. Dyno Batteries DNO BATBOXGC2B Boat Battery Boxes & Trays Box For 2 Dyno Gc2B W/ 2 Straps Here's a photo of how it fits in the bay. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/15918372/100_0728.JPG
__________________
Old Bounder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2011, 12:50 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Sonnydale's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Hollister CA
Posts: 115
I did this to our 1994 Bounder, which I don't own any more. I did this because I wanted to add an Inverter and hence the problem of the batteries being to far.
I moved them to the storage unit next to the generator. I used a plastic battery box that accommodates 4 6V batteries. I also added some steel straps that cradled the storage box on the outside to strengthen it as the batteries are very heavy.
The straps tied to the frame. Here are some pictures I took when I was selling it. Hope this helps.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMAG0621.jpg
Views:	50
Size:	83.5 KB
ID:	16034   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMAG0622.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	82.9 KB
ID:	16035  

__________________
Sonny,Ilana,Michelle and Alex - Hollister California
2001 Bounder 37K Diesel Pusher ISB5.9 Banks350hp.
'06 Touareg V10 TDi-'98 Jetta TDi-93 Geo Tracker
Sonnydale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2011, 08:37 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: May 2009
Location: AZ Mountains
Posts: 394
It isn't nice to cuss out father Fleetwood. He did what was best in 1998. If it's that much of a problem to you, stop cussing and start looking for a newer rig. My '95 has the same battery placement, and I think it's just fine.
__________________
nbounder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2011, 09:21 AM   #7
Member
 
BobKomar's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by nbounder View Post
It isn't nice to cuss out father Fleetwood. He did what was best in 1998. If it's that much of a problem to you, stop cussing and start looking for a newer rig. My '95 has the same battery placement, and I think it's just fine.
I am happy about everything but the battery placement, and Fleetwood's poor choice of rubber fuel line for the generator run.

I use my Bounder far from the hook up life style of camp grounds, so I demand more out of my battery set up, and would like to add solar charging and a inverter. While I spend a lot of my time at the dunes where a running generator wouldn't be noticed, I also enjoy the woods, where it would be noticed.
__________________
BobKomar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 01:47 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Old Bounder's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 906
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobKomar View Post
I am happy about everything but the battery placement, and Fleetwood's poor choice of rubber fuel line for the generator run.

I use my Bounder far from the hook up life style of camp grounds, so I demand more out of my battery set up, and would like to add solar charging and a inverter. While I spend a lot of my time at the dunes where a running generator wouldn't be noticed, I also enjoy the woods, where it would be noticed.
I also installed a large "whole house" inverter when I added the second set of batteries. The placement of the original batteries was not a problem, then-or-now. Is everything that has failed since 1998 the result of a poor Fleetwood choice?
__________________
Old Bounder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 12:13 AM   #9
Member
 
BobKomar's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 78
No, Fleetwood is just the coach builder. They decide what systems to install and where on the coach. The systems are manufactured by other manufacturers.

They did choose the battery location that makes little sense unless you are on shore power or the generator most of the time. Maybe the market that the Bounder was aimed at uses the Bounders like this? Maybe I was driven by having more basement storage than other coaches? I don't have these answeres, but I do know that the current location doesn't work well for what I want to do. If it works well for you, then carry on.

The fuel line issue is one of thoes, it is what it is kind of problems. I'm sure that Fleetwood knowingly installed fuel line that had such a short life span. The rest of the coach is made well, and I don't think Fleetwood would have got rich off of going with a slightly cheaper fuel line. I do suspect that the supplier withe had a bad lot, or tried to make a few bucks with a lower bidder.

The 7.4 Vortec is know to have leak prone injectors and failure prone fuel pressure regulators. Guess what I'm going after Christmas? Changing a bad fuel pressure regulator and injectors. Im not 100% sure what system failed, but I'm replacing both while I have the upper manifold off because I don't want to have to do it again. The cure for the leak master GM injectors is to go with 5 liter Mustang injectors. This is also not Fleetwood's fault.

I am more than happy to cure the parts of my Bounder that don't work for me as over all it is a great Coach. But I belive I have the ability to question Fleetwood's thought processes on the battery placement in this case, as it only really makes sense if you are hooked to a power pole most of the time.
__________________

__________________
BobKomar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Battery isolator or separator? capn_r Vintage RV's 3 03-17-2011 04:34 PM
New Battery Purchase johnsonjm209 Class A Motorhome Discussions 19 02-13-2011 10:35 AM
Battery voltage question NavlAv8r Class A Motorhome Discussions 14 05-13-2009 09:53 AM
Bad Chassis Battery ? tazsport Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 5 11-26-2007 12:01 PM
Solved my engine battery drain problem. Bo MH-General Discussions & Problems 6 09-27-2005 05:01 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.