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Old 08-22-2020, 03:42 PM   #1
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Help on installing sliding battery shelf

Any advice on fabricating and installing a sliding shelf for my three 12 volt batteries? I have already cut out the factory upper shelf which was useless.
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Old 08-23-2020, 09:17 AM   #2
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Any advice on fabricating and installing a sliding shelf for my three 12 volt batteries? I have already cut out the factory upper shelf which was useless.
I'm planning on doing the same thing. I have a 321 RSTS. That shelf is not very strong, it's already concave from the weight of only one battery. It's only held up with 3 pop rivets on each side. My ~40 lb Group 27 was too much.
Are you planning to use only the bottom of that compartment or re-install a stronger shelf first, then add the sliding shelf on that?
I've seen pictures about 2 years ago on this forum of a talented owner who did what you are planning, but I can't find that thread anymore.
I'm guessing because you're diving into this project you need new batteries. Or is it like me, I just want to service them more easily. What batteries are you using?
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Old 08-23-2020, 02:53 PM   #3
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Here’s my mod
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...mod-65624.html
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Old 08-24-2020, 03:56 PM   #4
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Battery shelf mods

Thank you Klassic!!
Your fix is just what the doctor ordered.Im starting right away.I will get before and after views.I'm glad you mentioned your lesson learned of the shelf sliding out when the brakes are hit.I usually have to learn the hard way!!

For Hog3loves I have (3) 29 Powertron 12 VOLT 675 CCA,210RC deep cycle. The tray will have to be raised to clear the lower edge of the door theshold.
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Thank you Klassic!!
Your fix is just what the doctor ordered.Im starting right away.I will get before and after views.I'm glad you mentioned your lesson learned of the shelf sliding out when the brakes are hit.I usually have to learn the hard way!!

For Hog3loves I have (3) 29 Powertron 12 VOLT 675 CCA,210RC deep cycle. The tray will have to be raised to clear the lower edge of the door theshold.
Lol. Ya make sure the tray is secure.
I like those locking slides, but if the mechanism fails then that would be a problem.
The slides I got were way cheaper than the locking type.
I like those plastic battery bases to hold the batteries in place that were shown in the other sliding battery tray thread.
Mine are held in place with the side and back of the compartment and some plywood strips screwed to the base.
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Old 08-25-2020, 03:02 PM   #6
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Battery compartment floor

Is there a reason I should leave the floor open? The floor under my batteries is open to the pavement?
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I put an 1/8” sheet of black plastic on the bottom and drilled 3 2” holes...held some window screen with caulking over the holes to keep the bees out.
Just makes sure your tray doesn’t seal itself against the door so air will flow up and out the door vent.
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Is that a TireMinder extender you have in there?
I thought the instructions said don’t put it inside a metal box.
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Also, replace Jaycoís cheap-o breaker with one of these kinds.
The kind Jayco installed is self resetting. If that breaker trips...you donít want it to reset, you want to find the problem.
And with this other kind of breaker you can turn the 12v off completely, right after the battery. The factory way, there is still a bunch of parasitic loads if you shut off the main disconnect.
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It is the TPMS
Ive been caught ... thanks i need to look in to that,I missed that chapter��
And ill look into the breaker.. Camper ownership is a fulltime job ... whew
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Completed sliding battery shelve

Thanks again Klassic .
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Next,Iíll move my TPMS,and add the new DC breaker(donít know why the attachments rotate when transferred over)
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That’s great!
I see what you did there on the bottom to cover the slats. Great idea.
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