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Old 09-05-2012, 05:23 PM   #2191
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Thanks Dan

Good point! I agree 100%
If you look closely you'll see the restraint brace I built that goes over the battery has 4 l-shaped pieces of aluminum bolted to it. Those brackets are what the protective cover will bolt to during final assembly.

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I want no chance of something being in the cabinet and getting jammed between the posts in an accident dead shorting 330amps and catching the van on fire. The batteries will be completely isolated.

As you probably noticed I over engineered the battery restraints a bit. That's 210 lbs of lead I don't want flying around the cabin in a crash. The double rails at each end let me tie into the factory hard points in the frame so that the batteries are into the frame of the van. With my brace system I'm sure the van could be upside down and those batteries aren't going anywhere. Some RV setups I've seen are pretty scary - yeah I trust that 1/4" sheet of plywood with 1x2 softwood frame and penny nails to keep that 70 lb battery from hitting me in the back of the head when I rear end someone


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Old 09-05-2012, 05:25 PM   #2192
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Does that include insurance?
I pay nearly $2000 a year for my F150 pickup, and thats with a perfect record and includes the 40% good driver discount....
Try Canada? I'm Canadian...

I spent 11 years getting my greencard so I would NOT have to pay Canadian taxes/registration/insurance fees any longer


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Old 09-05-2012, 08:55 PM   #2193
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im guessing my new toy hauler will be..

twice that!
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:25 AM   #2194
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twice that!
First year was over double that... I wouldn't complain if the renewal half'ed every year
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:31 AM   #2195
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Stuck "adventure" van I should throw a locker in the Dana 60
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:46 PM   #2196
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Stuck "adventure" van I should throw a locker in the Dana 60
Or maybe not drive the Nunbus on the Beach? Maybe?
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:24 PM   #2197
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^ Or deflate those tires some and not get stuck?
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:16 PM   #2198
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^ or throw some sand under the tires for traction.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:10 PM   #2199
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:09 AM   #2200
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Found one more...

2008: Comparison of registration fees for a 2007 Toyota Camry MSRP $22k



I was surprised to see mississippi in second place!

Remind me not to move to Rhode Island
Super nice project Geek!

I'm only on page 12 of 74. The registration in South Carolina may be cheap, but the state charges you property tax on the vehicle EVERY year, just like it was a house. As the vehicle depreciates, your yearly property tax on the vehicle does also.

My brand new Chevy G-20 conversion van bought new in 1991 cost me over $500 dollars in property taxes the first year, slightly less each year after that.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:37 AM   #2201
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The registration in South Carolina may be cheap, but the state charges you property tax on the vehicle EVERY year, just like it was a house. As the vehicle depreciates, your yearly property tax on the vehicle does also.
The state gets their money, one way or another.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:31 AM   #2202
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No, That's just to register the vehicle w/ the county. Insurance is a seperate payment. You just have to show proof of insurance when you register the vehicle.

Colorado is the third most expensive state for vehicle registrations in the USA.
Not sure how Boulder county works but in Routt it goes down each year till 10yr old and then stays the same; solidly under a $100yr.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:51 AM   #2203
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South Dakota Rocks!!

Just did my AZ to South Dakota title transfer, registration and late fee for waiting too long to take care of it (a whole year late). I just paid $100.78 for all of these. This was for my 2003 Ford Ranger. It would have only been $50.78 but I procrastinated beyond any reasonable time and got a $50. dumbass fee.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:58 PM   #2204
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...added another to the collection



Van is now upto 32,000 miles.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:43 AM   #2205
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