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Old 10-18-2010, 08:18 AM   #1
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Replacement house battery tray 99 Pace Arrow

I've got a 99 Pace Arrow Vision 36Z. The house batteries are two interstate U2200 UTL 6V wired in series. I don't know if those are what came stock on the rig, because they were replace last fall. Problem is getting them in and out. They are a tight fit in the tray and they are really tall. It was extremely hard to get them out of the tray without touching the terminals to the body. The tray didn't extend very far, so it wasn't much help. Once I finally wrestled them out, and did the maintainence, I checked out the tray. The hold down strap was history, and the tray was rusty but solid. I can clean up the rust and repaint it easily enough, and add a new strap, but considering it took me almost three hours to get them out, do the maintenance, and put them back (and that was in my driveway), I'd rather find a better way to house them. I'd like know if anyone knows of an aftermarket alternative, or if anyone has fabbed something up. Them babies are over 60 pounds each, and the compartment they live in doesn't have a full floor below the tray. Anyone seen anything out there?
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I had the same problem on my Pace Arrow 34N. I can't believe the design leaves the batteries exposed to all the road garbage throwen up by the front tires.
I have tried to maintain the cleanleness of the batteries after each long trip, but the grime is getting out of hand. Living in the northwest with all the rain and mud.
I thought about relocating the two house batteries to one of the inside basement holes but they are under the slide and would not work well. Todate I have not relocated the things and have not found any acceptable answer-Good luck and if you get any solutions let me know.
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Will do. I have all winter to think about it.
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I'd fabricate my own using an old tool cabinet drawer.. you can find these with capacities over 150-200lbs. You can also use one/build one and upgrade the slides to the weight and extension capacities you need.. here is a quick reference site for the slides; Side Mount Drawer Slides - Full Extension - Ball Bearing - D760 Series 12" to 26" - 150 lb.

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Hey thanks,

Those'll get me going.
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I had the same problem on my Pace Arrow 34N. I can't believe the design leaves the batteries exposed to all the road garbage throwen up by the front tires.
I have tried to maintain the cleanleness of the batteries after each long trip, but the grime is getting out of hand. Living in the northwest with all the rain and mud.
I thought about relocating the two house batteries to one of the inside basement holes but they are under the slide and would not work well. Todate I have not relocated the things and have not found any acceptable answer-Good luck and if you get any solutions let me know.
Flooded cell batteries emit gas that if in an enclosed compartment could/would wreck havoc. Best situation would be corrosion and worse could be an explosion. The gas they admit is mostly hydrogen...boom!
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