Jerud has been trying to figure out where to put the lead acid batteries for awhile. They have to be placed somewhere that's easily accessible so that it can be maintained and add water to them. But there are so many of them (eight batteries) and he wants to it to take up the least amount of space possible. Ideally he had hoped they'd fit in two rows of four on top of one another in the space where the propane tanks used to be (see photo below). But unfortunately that space isn't wide enough.
So the batteries will just be placed inside the basement next to the fresh water tank. The space that's behind the batteries in this photo is what we refer to as the basement. It's underneath the gooseneck and directly below the bedroom.
He spend a couple of evenings after work tearing apart the basement so he could pull out all the existing electrical wires to figure out what each wire belonged to.
The basement is on the same level as the main room (kitchen and dining room) floor. The backside of the basement ends where the steps into the bedroom from the main room are. You can see in the photo below that we removed the step and all that's left is a big hole and a board underneath where the step was.
We removed that wooden board because we have to extend the bedroom floor in order for the floor heating pad to lay flat from the foot of the bed to the doorway leading to the main room.
The floor heating mat is 5 feet long and the current floor is too short for it. The heating mat can't be folded or cut shorter or else it won't work.
As mentioned in a previous post, the bedroom is going to be our "safe place" from the weather. In addition to the extra insulation in the bedroom, we're going to install an "insulating door" to keep the warmth/coolness from escaping into the rest of the RV. We decided on purchasing cellular blinds that will take the place of a door. Because of the size of the doorway we had to special order the blinds. When we went by Lowes we saw that they were on sale! So we went ahead and placed the order!