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Old 02-13-2017, 06:03 AM   #1
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removing battery boxes in 2005 classic?? STUMPED....

So my future plans include solar panels, charge controller, etc and 2 Trojans or some other type of 6v battery set up for boon-docking.

In doing some size calculations I have determined the 6v batteries will not fit in the existing battery boxes that are on both sides in teh front under sofa set up.

there is a door outside for each side and I can not figure out how to remove the door frame and get the boxes out..

link to Outdoors mart website to show the box with image in lower left.

http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...oducts_id=1296

the image from Outdoors mart site show the location of boxes I am talking about.

How do you get the box out and still have a working outside door???
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:08 AM   #2
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Remove the couch

Remove screws in cast aluminum surround, around the perimeter of the box on inside wall.

Pry cast ring off

Remove outside cast ring

Remove box

Reassemble outer ring and inner ring....seal well.

This is all from memory from several years ago.
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:28 PM   #3
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Carl,

I removed my boxes last week. I cut the boxes off flush to the inside wall. I sealed the doors from the outside with clear silicon sealant. Using the cut off boxes as templates, I cut two inch thick foam insulation board (from Home Depot) to size and inserted these into the back side of the doors (and what was left of the boxes). I them sealed the foam board in place with expanding foam sealant.

I thought about taking out the doors and frames, but you have to have something there, so I left the doors.

Below is a picture, although the remains of the boxes are kind of covered up by the work in progress of installing my battery bank and Magnum inverter.

BTW, you will have to install sealed batteries on the inside of the trailer. The Trojans would require venting. I am using Lifeline GPL-4CTs.

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Old 02-15-2017, 09:05 PM   #4
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BTW, This all fits under the couch on my 2004 Classic 28.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:26 PM   #5
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Consider additional 6v batteries if going solar... we use four. Had to enlarge the boxes, frames and doors for the outer two. Built a twin box from two Trojan boxes placed against the front wall between the outer boxes. Used pvc pipe/fittings to vent into the outer boxes. Can't exactly recall but was under tongue weight limits. Servicing the batteries is a bit of a pain -- both sets, for different reasons. But the extra amp storage is great and gives the panels a place to put their 'product'. Good luck.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:23 PM   #6
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If there as a easy to lift or get under the sofa putting lead batteries wouild be easier, in a box and vented, but I have not found that easy to get get in there.

if you have some pic of your set up would be nice to see.





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Consider additional 6v batteries if going solar... we use four. Had to enlarge the boxes, frames and doors for the outer two. Built a twin box from two Trojan boxes placed against the front wall between the outer boxes. Used pvc pipe/fittings to vent into the outer boxes. Can't exactly recall but was under tongue weight limits. Servicing the batteries is a bit of a pain -- both sets, for different reasons. But the extra amp storage is great and gives the panels a place to put their 'product'. Good luck.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:01 PM   #7
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No, it's not 'easy' (work space needs require removing the couch before proceeding). No, I don't have pix, but I'll see what I can come up with this weekend. Stand by.
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Ok, Carl - I'll try to share a few pix I just took... outside battery door closed/opened, inside battery location, inside box covered/uncovered.
Ahem.... to insert an image, it's asking for a URL for each photo. Mine taken with iPhone6s don't list any in the image details. Don't have time presently to search the forum for instructions. I'll share them, though (eventually )
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Old 02-18-2017, 06:34 PM   #9
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roger roger.. just put pictures in directory and use paperclip dude beside the smiley face and plop them in there.. lots easier for sure..

the picture you see below was done that way.. PS that my new mat we got today on way to Boone to see daughter at college and made a stop by Outdoors Mart to look around.. never fails i come out of there with something for airstream..



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Ok, Carl - I'll try to share a few pix I just took... outside battery door closed/opened, inside battery location, inside box covered/uncovered.
Ahem.... to insert an image, it's asking for a URL for each photo. Mine taken with iPhone6s don't list any in the image details. Don't have time presently to search the forum for instructions. I'll share them, though (eventually )
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Carl -- The 'Directory' (is it the set of tabs at the top, i.e. photo?), 'paperclip' and 'smiley face' are concealed from my screen. No need for more tutoring if you can patiently wait 'til I search 'inserting photos in posts". Sometimes getting 'there' from 'here' is only possible from the Transporter Room. Sacre Bleu!
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no problem.. that term Sacre Bleu is a very old french term that my younger french friends do not know.. I seem to remember it from some of the old pink panther shows..

ps: my patiently wait is a virtue.. or a curse at times.. take your sweet time as all we have is time my friend.. this too shall pass..

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Carl -- The 'Directory' (is it the set of tabs at the top, i.e. photo?), 'paperclip' and 'smiley face' are concealed from my screen. No need for more tutoring if you can patiently wait 'til I search 'inserting photos in posts". Sometimes getting 'there' from 'here' is only possible from the Transporter Room. Sacre Bleu!
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Wow ( ) No help by searching, no help in FAQ, so I'll throw it out there...

Carl would like to see some pix that I can't seem to accommodate him with. I have the pix. The needed clear steps to insert them in a post would net him the handoff he asked for.
If anyone feels up to a tutorial, I'll be obliged (on my return home).
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are you logged in when doing post.. here is picture of my "reply to thread" box
you can see the smiley face and paper clip to right.

not sure if using mobile device on what you see.. good lick er luck.
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Aha... Reply to Thread and Quick Reply, not the same!

Hey Carl -- Progress, I think. The picture helped.
Let's see...
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