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Old 08-21-2016, 02:10 AM   #1
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Weight limits for outlaw storage bay?

I'm going to be adding 650 lbs. of batteris to one of my storage bays. Should I look into beefing it up? Has anyone else done this in one of these poly(?) bays before? I would hate to drop 650 lbs. of batteries right in front of my drive tires while going down the road.
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Don't have your unit but have poly storage bays and would not put 650 lbs in one without additional support attached directly to the frame.
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Look at your current batteries. Estimate their loading (Lbs/sq ft) and how they're carried and secured. Probably steel. Now figure the loading of your additional batteries (650Lbs/ X sq ft) and look at the plastic shelf you want to store them on. You make the call.
I don't have any plastic storage compartments, so I'm guessing here. If Thor is now making their storage bins of milspec carbon fiber you may be ok. But off the top of my head I'd say that supporting batteries with plastic is a bad idea.


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I'm going to be adding 650 lbs. of batteris to one of my storage bays. Should I look into beefing it up? Has anyone else done this in one of these poly(?) bays before? I would hate to drop 650 lbs. of batteries right in front of my drive tires while going down the road.
do you know what your RV weighs at each axle, preferably at each wheel, as it is loaded for travel but before you add the weight of these extra batteries? if not I'd sure want to know. you may find you don't have the enough payload to add them.
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do you know what your RV weighs at each axle, preferably at each wheel, as it is loaded for travel but before you add the weight of these extra batteries? if not I'd sure want to know. you may find you don't have the enough payload to add them.
not sure about the load that they have on them already, but I do know the outlaw is on the ford 26k chassis because they know there will be some considerable extra weight from toys ( my vrod is 650 or so by itself and I've seen people with 2 of these or comparable in the garage), hell they advertise keeping a smart car back there and that is behind the axle I'm putting my weight in front of the axle and using the storage space in the garage for huskies lol. so I'm not too worried about overloading the chassis, just the storage area which I'm not sure if it is a poly bin supported by metal or not, thats kinda what I was asking since I don't have it parked in my driveway yet. I do know that there are folx out there that have done exactly what I'm doing and I was just curious if they beefed theres up to handle the extra load.
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do you know what your RV weighs at each axle, preferably at each wheel, as it is loaded for travel but before you add the weight of these extra batteries? if not I'd sure want to know. you may find you don't have the enough payload to add them.
Sorry I didn't mention that this is an outlaw designed to have some extra weight.
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Look at your current batteries. Estimate their loading (Lbs/sq ft) and how they're carried and secured. Probably steel. Now figure the loading of your additional batteries (650Lbs/ X sq ft) and look at the plastic shelf you want to store them on. You make the call.
I don't have any plastic storage compartments, so I'm guessing here. If Thor is now making their storage bins of milspec carbon fiber you may be ok. But off the top of my head I'd say that supporting batteries with plastic is a bad idea.


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well I'm not sure if they are strictly poly or poly encased in metal or at least supported by metal. thats why I'm asking others who have already done this same thing what they did. I don't pick mine up till next Thursday or I would just go crawl under and look, which I will do anyway but was curious what others had done.
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Don't have your unit but have poly storage bays and would not put 650 lbs in one without additional support attached directly to the frame.
Kinda what I'm thinking too.
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The battery bin in the newer Outlaws is a Rotocast material hung on a steel frame.
The Rotocast bins are rated at 250lb by the factory.
Exceeding the weight limit risks bowing the box bottom...especially in a very hot climate.

The few bins that are steel bottom (ours are in the back) have a higher capability, but not sure what it is.

I would beef-up the floor of the bin before adding that much weight to ensure trouble free miles...trying to tie-in to the steel framework.
The reinforcement could be external or internal to the Rotocast box...just "spread the weight" to the frame as best you can.

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yup, I've come to the conclusion that four unistrut 'L' brackets, four 1/2" threaded rod and four 40" pieces of 1 7/8" strut will be just the ticket.
Thanx for the input, you helped keep me on the right path once again.
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