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Old 05-21-2015, 04:41 PM   #1
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Battery Tray Slide

Has anyone made a slide for a battery tray? If so, are there plans or supply lists?
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:36 PM   #2
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I'm not certain if you are just talking the slide or the entire tray but I ended up rebuilding my battery tray in 2013 to be able to hold 4 golf cart batteries. I ended up using an Acuride slide rated at 350 pounds. This was better than what I could get from Kwikee as the most their trays were rated for was 200 pounds.

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Old 05-21-2015, 08:21 PM   #3
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Has anyone made a slide for a battery tray? If so, are there plans or supply lists?
Konabob,
Fabricating a tray such as you're thinking of, is not a small task. I'm pretty sure that you know how much batteries weigh and also, the very harsh environment they exist in. Now, in many cases, such as ours in our '04 Itasca Horizon, 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT, both banks of batteries, house and chassis, reside in two trays, one on top of the other, in an UN PROTECTED compartment. That is, it's open to road debris, dust, dirt, and anything else kicked up by the tires etc.

While I would agree with the other poster about using the Accuride extra heavy duty full extension drawer glides, you'll have to determine what kind of environment your particular battery tray will live in. If, it's inside a clean compartment, you'd most likely be good to use those draw glides.

But, if yours is like ours, and is in the open air situation, then there's other components that are used for this situation., On ours, both battery drawers utilize (4) 1/2" wide x 1.25" tall, stud bearings, on each side. Two are mounted on the drawer and two are mounted on the side rails.

I've built many extra heavy duty trays/drawers/racks for the FD when I outfitted new fire trucks and, it's kind of a precise system to build, especially if it's going to hold that much weight. Yep, the Accurrides can handle a large amount of weight each but, the drawer itself must also be able to withstand that kind of weight too. Good luck.

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You might check out these heavy duty drawer slides. They have sizes ranging from 10" to 60" full extension rated for 500 pounds. The 26" would probably be about right for your application. The prices shown are for a pair of slides.
Heavy Duty Full Extension Slide 250 and 500 lbs On Orr & Orr, Inc.

I just built three 46" pullout bay "trays" using the 36" slides. They are very heavy quality, well built, and glide smoothly.
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Lt Dan:
Thanks for the link. Due to my DW's insistence I had to buy a another storage bay freezer. I put it on one end of a full length two way slide but the freezer is too high so it keeps the slide from going out on the opposite side. I need to replace the double sided slide out tray with two single side ones.
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If servicing access is the goal, an alternative could be a battery watering system. One of the best things I have installed on our coach.
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Trays are very nice, they allow you to properly maintain your batteries. Stuffing them in a box with a hose to water them, does nothing to help you change them out, clean terminals. or check them with a hydrometer.
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I am looking for my battery bank as well. I will be going with Products
after I accurate measurements.
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Has anyone made a slide for a battery tray? If so, are there plans or supply lists?

If you're looking for a replacement tray, I'm told that most of these RV battery trays are made by a company called Journeyman, and are sold to numerous RV builders by Keyline Sales of Elkhart, IN. So there you go! I have done nothing other than verify their existence, I'll leave that to you, but they may be a good source for the proper replacement tray for your coach.

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