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Old 06-28-2015, 08:46 AM   #1
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Bluebird cargo compartment weight capacity?

Does anyone know the weight capacity of the underbody cargo compartments on a TC2000. I have one on the bus(just behind the rear axle on the right) and would like to use it for the solar battery bank location. Probably around 800lbs of batteries.
Looks like the front flange is screwed to the body side with sheet metal screws. And the top has a few screws up into the hat channels under the floor of the bus. And there is a steel plate screwed to each end in the back(maybe 6" x 8") with a hook over the top of the bus frame. Im thinking i may have to strengthen it.

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Old 06-28-2015, 11:42 AM   #2
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On my 1996 All American my two forward basements are mounted that way with
the two hooks over the top of the frame. They don't look strong enough for a
battery bank to me either. My rear basements are held on with L brackets
mounted to the frame with a piece welded between the L's to create a triangle. I
did notice a tag on the inboard side of the left front bay and will try to get a better
look at it and see if it has a weight designation. My plan is to build and install
two triangle brackets with angle iron to bolt to the frame before installing
the battery bank. May also run a brace between the two for supporting the bottom.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:01 PM   #3
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I would not trust that much weight in a factory built belly storage bin.

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Old 06-28-2015, 02:31 PM   #4
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i used my spare tire carrier to hold the batteries. about 300# of them. the carrier is hanging from the frame with j-bolts and riveted to the side.

no problems yet, sounds like your batteries may be bigger though.

i got 4 deep cycle from wally.
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:17 PM   #5
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I spent the day pulling the cargo compartment, restoring it, and building some brackets to hold it up. Should hold at least 1000lbs now. Just got it reinstalled. Ill try to post a photo.

Bill
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:18 PM   #6
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Here is another.

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Old 06-28-2015, 10:24 PM   #7
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looks good!! that will hold, dam!
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:52 PM   #8
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Here is another.

Bill

tell us about the table mounted above the fuel cover

homemade? which brackets?
looks useful... I've got several plywood ones in my garages, with 2x2 kickers at baseboard. very handy and fold out of the way

top platform and solar panel pics would be cool too
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Old 06-28-2015, 11:43 PM   #9
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Closer view of shelf. Its a 14ga stainless shelf from a restaurant supply company with a set of folding brackets from Amazon. 36" long. I plan to install a second just to the left of it as funds allow.
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From above. By the way, i havent figured out how to upload more than one photo at a time on my iphone.
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