Originally Posted by njvagabond
Geo - how do you water the batteries with this setup? Thanks
Access to the battery rack is through a floor hatch between the floor frames. An section of steel angle was added to the one side of the floor cutout that was not abutting a floor frame. The hatch in the floor is used to install the batteries and cables, as well as for general maintenance such as watering and checking the connections. I made the hatch from the same exterior plywood as the floor, but with thick waterproof plastic attached to the underside. The coin cam locks secure the hatch to the floor. Because of the rack location between the frame rails, and my interior design layout, part of the hatch extends outside the cabinet. Opening the cabinet doors provides easy access. My old Roadtrek had a similar battery hatch completely inside a cabinet, but we are limited by the way Ford made the van.
I have used remote battery watering systems in the past with electric vehicles. My experience, like Jkft's, was that they did not work very well. For the electric vehicles, which had a large number of batteries, I would use a 2 gallon pump spray jug to water the batteries. Since the Transit just has two batteries to water, I use a turkey baster from the $1 store. It is also important to check the electrical connections and battery tie downs as part of any regular battery maintenance.
2016 Transit 350 Cargo, 148" WB, Medium Roof, 3.7L V6, Side & Rear Door Glass
Last edited by Geo; 04-18-2019 at 02:23:PM.