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#1 OFFLINE   PigPen

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 02:37 PM

Bob Mehrer post a couple of pictures of the prototype of the new combined Propane & battery slide for the Snowriver. He will be field testing this on his own camper for a year before putting it into production. I am guessing it also has to go before the Canadian & US safety regulators for approval.

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 02:52 PM

Looks like a good idea but i wonder if it would be a fire hazzard with the batteries so close to the propane ?
Whats everyones thoughts ?
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Posted 03 February 2005 - 03:46 PM

That was my thought. Remember Propane is heavier than air, notice the vent holes in the bottom of the slide. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with this. I think a solid divider between the 2 would be better. It look slike that coudl be disigned to go between the 2 & the shelf still slide out. That should remove all risk as propane would not be able to go down, around the divider & back up to the battery post, it would go out through the holes first. It has to get past CSA anyway. Bob has a lot of experience in the RV business, so I'm assuming he knows what he is doing.

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 04:00 PM

Maybe a propane leak detector would be advised in that compartment. I don't think you are going to get a spark unless you are fooling with the connections. With the door open and the tray extended it would seem there would have to be a heck of a lot of propane escaping for a problem to arise.

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 04:53 PM

i think they should put som type of divider between the battery and tanks with the vent holes on lp side..
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Posted 03 February 2005 - 05:48 PM

we have built a divider system to go between the propane tanks and the batteries. it stays put while the drawer is pulled out to maintain good access to the systems. the entire wing under the tray is screened as well as the exterior door will be screened top and bottom as per a generator door. If the assembly doesn't pass as is, I will the add the divider. Thanks for your comments, they can only lead to a better camper.
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Posted 03 February 2005 - 07:10 PM

we have built a divider system to go between the propane tanks and the batteries. it stays put while the drawer is pulled out to maintain good access to the systems. the entire wing under the tray is screened as well as the exterior door will be screened top and bottom as per a generator door. If the assembly doesn't pass as is, I will the add the divider. Thanks for your comments, they can only lead to a better camper.
                                     
                                     

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 10:22 AM

Propane is obviously a volitile product, but so is the hydrogen given off when wet cell batteries are in use( I think this is the case, someone please correct if I'm off base), so I would think both batteries and tanks together wouldn't create a problem as adequate ventilation is required for both.

Very neat install / utilization of space that is easy to access ( big plus).

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 11:17 PM

That is one slick looking gizmo to get your propane tanks and batteries out for service. Once again, Snowriver Bob has come up with a winner. I want one! Bob, feel free to retrofit my Snowriver with one of these, I'll be more than happy to field test it for you! Also, perhaps a kit could be developed for those of use with the "older" Snows to add a slid for the separate propane and battery boxes, one that comes out far enough to service the rear battery and rear tank. I know I would buy a pair.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 02:39 PM

I want one of the battery slide and propane slide trays now. I will test it for you Bob just put it in for me. :D
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Posted 08 February 2005 - 12:17 PM

Great Idea!

I would also have the actual battery connections using 'arc welding' cables. They are very flexible and would withstand the 'in and out' movements. There should be a 'terminal block' inside the compartment that the rest of the camper hooks up to. This leaves but two connections to the batteries, one positive and one negative.

Just a thought.

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