Caris the Gypsy – The Castle – Battery Relocation

so when i was first asked to look at caris’ castle, i followed him for several miles over a bumpy road, and realized that the entire thing was yawing quite badly whenever the suspension compressed.

this would make railroad tracks an adventure, and was quite dangerous.

the culprit?

about 500 lbs of batteries (for the solar) in the left rear corner, in the closet.

yeah, not good.

the floor plan pretty much prevented them from being mounted anywhere else inside, so i decided this:

was the best solution.

the rack allows for mounting 8 trojan deep cycles over the rear axle, keeping the weight as low as possible and still up out of harms way.

low and centered made a world of difference. 🙂

as you can see, it’s built like a tank, and at full suspension travel, it sits 1/4″ above the rear axle.

the ratchet straps are temporary.

battery removal consists of put a jack under it, pull 4 bolts, pull the 4 spacers that go between the bottom of the rack and the top of the “c” channel it’s bolted to, then lower it to the “c” channel, which allows enough space to pull them out one by one, or put the entire rack on jack stands and roll the trailer out from over it.

on vardo’s i build, the rack will be along the centerline, fore and aft, with the batteries in sideways, so they can be accessed through a hatch in the floor instead of having to mess with the jack and such.

not a bad retrofit 🙂


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