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Old 02-14-2016, 04:04 PM   #1
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ACE 29.1 Battery Compartment Weight Limit

I am going to be upgrading to 6v batteries and was looking at the Lifeline GPL-L16T. These things are a 120 lbs. a piece and I was thinking of getting 4...will the battery compartment hold that kind of weight? Any ideas on what the weight limit is for this bay.
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Have you checked with Thor to see what the weight limitation is for the battery compartment. They should know.
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:58 AM   #3
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You can probably fabricate a support strap or platform under the battery compartment, if necessary.
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I would put the two on the bottom where the batteries were originally. Then I would fab up a bracket or shelf off the frame for the additional two since the frame is right there. That can take most of the weight of the additional two. I went with two 6v Trojan batteries, been fairly happy with them. We don't do a lot of dry camping, so it's more than enough for us.
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Thanks for the replies. I called thor customer care and they had no idea. They actually acted like I was being unreasonable for calling them to ask. The guy said "I don't know what type of bolts were used to fasten it to the under carriage, I don't know what type of steel was used to create the compartment...so how would I have anyway of telling you the capacity"...Am I not talking to the company that made the coach??


Anyway, I think I am going to make some supporting brackets that attach the existing compartment and tie it into the frame. That will shore up any issues.
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Also as an FYI, I ended up going with the Interstate GC2 6v battery from Costco. I figured for the cost per Ah it couldn't be beat. Also this battery is only 65 lbs. a piece so I am only adding about 150 lbs to the compartment. I will still beef it up with a bracket to the frame, but it wont be the load that the lifelines would have been.
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Thanks for the replies. I called thor customer care and they had no idea. They actually acted like I was being unreasonable for calling them to ask. The guy said "I don't know what type of bolts were used to fasten it to the under carriage, I don't know what type of steel was used to create the compartment...so how would I have anyway of telling you the capacity"...Am I not talking to the company that made the coach??


Anyway, I think I am going to make some supporting brackets that attach the existing compartment and tie it into the frame. That will shore up any issues.
I asked the same question of Thor regarding adding 2 batteries to my existing 4 in the same compartment and pretty much got the same type of reply.
The discussion ended with that it was probably OK to do but no hint as to what that answer was based on. ???
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