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Old 01-09-2016, 05:06 PM   #1
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Best method to reinforce bottom storage area floor

I have a inverter and Battery I would like to add to one of the storage areas on my 283G eagle. The floor of the compartment needs to be more substantial for the added weight. Anyone done this here? Is there a listed weight limit for storage compartments?
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:15 PM   #2
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I can't answer your question.

I can say that it is not likely the total weight, but more the weight being concentrated in a rather small area.

Off the top of my head, a piece of aluminum diamond plate cut to fit the floor area will definitely distribute the weight without adding much weight. The material is fairly expensive though. There may be other ways to distribute the weight which would be less expensive.

A couple low profile Unistrut or Superstrut rails for the batteries to rest upon may also work.

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My vision would be for the additional supports to rest on the existing floor structure, not attached to the underside.

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Old 01-10-2016, 05:24 AM   #3
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To put a small "drink refrigerator" in one of the basement compartments, I built a 2 x 4 structure to lift the refrigerator door above the compartment door sill. I was very careful to round the corners of the 2 x 4's to conform to the corner shape of the compartment. I didn't want to create a hard spot that could localized pressure on a part of the compartment wall/floor.
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:46 AM   #4
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Dimensional limber is also a good solution. A couple 1 x 4 or 1 x 6 laid flat rails will also work to distribute the loads for a battery.

Given the flat surfaces of 2 x 4's or 1 x ? dimensional lumber it is highly unlikely that the edges can "dig in" and cause any problem.

It is all about spreading the load as opposed to it being concentrated on an unsupported area.

Another good thing to do is to look under the RV to see if the supports under the floor can be identified. Once identified the heavier objects may be able to be positioned over that supported area. If positioned over an existing structural support then no additional floor material may even be necessary.

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1/4" ply cut to fit the area, weight distribution cheap and easy, removable for resale
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:41 PM   #6
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Yes, that at is what I used plywood. I used 3/16 thick plywood. I also cut a 1in. Hole near the front used to pull the plywood out if needed.
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Charlie, be sure to vent this compartment to the outside!

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I went to a plastic shop and bought 1/4 ABS sheet plastic in white, cut to fit all compartments. Easy to clean and won't rot if it gets wet.
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Plywood seems to be a logical choice. A piece cut to fit in the compartment should give you plenty of support for a battery and inverter. The weight distributes over the whole area of plywood. The thicker, the better. But thicker adds more weight.
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