Battery Compartment Floor

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Agoogol

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So to piggyback on your thread...bear with me and see if you have any advice.

Keep in mind I am cheap/ frugal and trying to get her on the road asap and safe. Upgrades can come later. In other words I buy deals, and lithium us beyond me at the moment. I am no expert at any of this, kind of learn as I go, and no trade experience in the field.

My battery tray is rotted out, so removed and need to rebuild.

I bought the Freedom 1800 inverter from Mike, so replacing that. Got a battery cheap that I believe will work, at least for now.

Have a look at the pics and share thoughts?

Wood bottom? Treated? Painted? Keep the rubber mat? Necessary? Any wisdom out there?20200514_174923.jpg20200514_174328.jpg20200514_174316.jpg20200514_174310.jpg20200514_174305.jpg20200514_172826.jpg20200514_172756.jpg20200514_172800.jpg
 
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Mike Perez

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So to piggyback on your thread...bear with me and see if you have any advice.

Keep in mind I am cheap/ frugal and trying to get her on the road asap and safe. Upgrades can come later. In other words I buy deals, and lithium us beyond me at the moment. I am no expert at any of this, kind of learn as I go, and no trade experience in the field.

My battery tray is rotted out, so removed and need to rebuild.

I bought the Freedom 1800 inverter from Mike, so replacing that. Got a battery cheap that I believe will work, at least for now.

Have a look at the pics and share thoughts?

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I think you posted every picture 2 or 3 times. You may want to go back and edit. As far as the floor; from what I remember when I removed mine, that section of plywood wraps behind the generator compartment like you can see in this picture. Unless you want to do major surgery, I'd replace that piece with something that will hold up will like epoxy resin coated marine plywood or some kind of composite. Try to cut it off square along the back of the battery area.
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Agoogol

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Oops. Not sure how that happened?!

I didn't have to cut it out, it did seem like a separate piece of wood.

Do I need that rubber mat for any reason?

While I am in here should I replace anything for safety reasons?
 

Mike Perez

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Oops. Not sure how that happened?!

I didn't have to cut it out, it did seem like a separate piece of wood.

Do I need that rubber mat for any reason?

While I am in here should I replace anything for safety reasons?
No. I think someone was just trying to protect the rotten wood from further rotting.
 

JSanford

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In my battery compartment restoration I just used some 3/4" oak plywood I had laying around, and then painted it black. If you are budget conscious don't worry about resin treated marine grade plywood, just use whatever you have.

All your wiring is original, but appears to be in good shape so I would just let it be.
 

Agoogol

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Curious, the two round holes in the battery compartment floor.... I assume those were for off-gassing of the batteries. This isn't relevant anymore ? Can I layer over them without issue?
 

JSanford

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Yes, those are for venting old fashioned lead acid batteries. I didn't completely cover mine, but put these little aluminum vent covers in them to deter any vermin intrusion

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JSanford

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Great idea on the vents! Can you please post a link or info on where to get them? I am refurbishing my battery compartment too.
 

Matt Colie

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Just about any home improvement place will have those. They are soffit vents. I have used them in a number of places, but never in a coach.....
Matt
 

pvfjr

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Yep, those are pretty standard at a hardware store. I've seen them near the roofing supplies, where they have the various types of venting. This is a great application for them; I'll keep that in mind.
 

JSanford

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You all have much better stocked home improvement stores than I do, the holes in the battery box are 1.5" diameter and the smallest HomeDepot had were 2" and Ace didn't have any round ones at all.