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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:30 pm 
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Has anyone installed a tray. My batteries are in the DS compartment behing the generator. There is no tray. I an thinking of installing one. Any comments appreciated.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:06 am 
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pjohnson6214 wrote:
Has anyone installed a tray. My batteries are in the DS compartment behing the generator. There is no tray. I an thinking of installing one. Any comments appreciated.


I'm sure that there are number of us who have experience with battery compartments... whether or not what we know will fit your needs or not is yet to be determined. :wink:

What is a "DS" compartment? Since there were very few Reigns built, and I think you're the only posting member here with one, a photo of what you're looking at might be useful for us. I don't even know where the generator is located on that unit as I never got to see one in person.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:45 pm 
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This company should have what you want. I had this brand (EZ Glide by Fleming Sales) in my BFT and it gave good service, and allowed me to extend the tray out far enough to check and fill the batteries.

After you get the part no. you need, use it to search the web to see if it is available cheaper elsewhere.

https://www.flemingsalesoem.com/battery-trays/

Bill


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:59 pm 
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Roger H wrote:
pjohnson6214 wrote:
Has anyone installed a tray. My batteries are in the DS compartment behing the generator. There is no tray. I an thinking of installing one. Any comments appreciated.


I'm sure that there are number of us who have experience with battery compartments... whether or not what we know will fit your needs or not is yet to be determined. :wink:

What is a "DS" compartment? Since there were very few Reigns built, and I think you're the only posting member here with one, a photo of what you're looking at might be useful for us. I don't even know where the generator is located on that unit as I never got to see one in person.


I managed to find a photo. "DS" is "driver's side." Figured it out. Bill's solution should work for you.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:16 am 
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I know when I was at the factory they were building the first reigns. They were really working to get the weight down and I bet the battery tray went to reduce weight.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:00 am 
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pjohnson.......

Might be a clearance issue with the battery compartment opening as to why Born Free did not use a battery tray. Measure the height of your batteries. The EZGLIDE tray will add a minimum of 1.25" to the battery height.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:49 pm 
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I have a 2017 Reign 24TI and had to remove the 6 volt batteries to address some rust and corrosion in the compartment. Also, there is not sufficient space between the top of the batteries and the top of the compartment to readily check water levels. The batteries are Interstate 6 volt for golf cart use, weighing almost 60lbs each. I had to rotate the batteries onto the sides to clear the opening, while trying to prevent acid spillage. Not fun! I decided to not replace them. Instead, I installed series 24 12 volt marine batteries which cleared the opening upright and provides a little more room to work. Considering a tray will raise the floor at least an inch or more, I do not see this as viable. In addition, I used insulated marine battery boxes (minus the tops) for the 12 volt setup. Not an ideal situation.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:00 pm 
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aljones11 wrote:
I have a 2017 Reign 24TI and had to remove the 6 volt batteries to address some rust and corrosion in the compartment. Also, there is not sufficient space between the top of the batteries and the top of the compartment to readily check water levels. The batteries are Interstate 6 volt for golf cart use, weighing almost 60lbs each. I had to rotate the batteries onto the sides to clear the opening, while trying to prevent acid spillage. Not fun! I decided to not replace them. Instead, I installed series 24 12 volt marine batteries which cleared the opening upright and provides a little more room to work. Considering a tray will raise the floor at least an inch or more, I do not see this as viable. In addition, I used insulated marine battery boxes (minus the tops) for the 12 volt setup. Not an ideal situation.


Not very well thought out by the factory. John Dodgen would never have approved.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:21 pm 
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Looks like this would be a case for AGM Batteries.

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