Was previously asked, on another Thread, about how the batteries were secured in my wagon. Was also asked about the size of the wiring run to the rear of my wagon to accommodate the batteries being that far back, and how they were set up.
Took my Wagon down to the up fitters yesterday 5/17 for some routine maintenance , some needed changes and to put the power rear seat / couch / bed, in.
The batteries currently are bolted to the floor and the wiring to them is 1 / 0 . (the electrician said that is how to discribe it)
The factory dual battery system runs all the OEM equipment and the 3rd battery is separated by the isolator. It runs the lift and the rest of the mobility equipment, only.
There is also an upgrade being added to the power sliding door. Previously, the manufacturer was unaware that the U.S. model Transits would have different wiring than the European models, so making them automatic, eliminated the manual operation of them. The upgrade restores everything back to normal (automatic and manual operation).
I am having the aluminum flooring extended from where it ended in front of the last row of seats all the way to the rear of the Transit. It will be attached to the flooring as the front part is now, batteries will then be bolted to that. This will also allow me to have additional tie down locations placed in the rear of the van to secure bins etc when we are traveling.
It will also provide a place to secure leg mounts (6, 2 on each side and 2 in the middle for support) for a removable shelving system above the battery boxes. These will be constructed to my design to allow me to put grocery and shopping bags there without them spilling all over the interior of the wagon. On trips, that is also where our suitcases will be stored, and the shelfing will be light weight, easily removable, if access to the batteries is needed. I'm also having a frame work made behind the wheel chair lift to have a small safe securely mounted, this gives me a place to put valuables, dash cam, gps, monitor, weapon etc when I'm going to be away from the vehicle and can't or don't want to carry it all with me. Rather than just having to leave it unsecured in the wagon. Frame work will have steel plates welded to it and the safe will be attached to the plates from inside the safe, both for security and to keep it from flying around in an accident.
Since I am having the aluminum flooring extended, this gives me areas for additional tie down locations, so I'm having "Q-Straint" Surface Angle L track (the same tie down system that was installed as a back up system for securing the wheel chair in case the docking system fails) installed. This track comes in longer lengths than the original 4" sections already in place, so I am having them install a piece under the couch overhang, the width of the Wagon. With a few shorter pieces out in the floor area between the wheelchair docking area , lift and the couch, I will then be able to secure anything that I put in the wagon, without needing help to do so.
I'll let you know how it turns out.