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Can a motor power a 33' RV?

by Robert
(Norwalk, CT.)


Can a motor drive a 33' RV? Is there a motor designed to drive each wheel instead of driving the transmission?

Is it stupid to consider an electric RV?



Hi, Robert -

First, that is one BIG RV to be converting to 100% electric. I have seen a few successful SMALL Class B motorhomes, but an RV that size is unusual.

That said? The tricky part I think is going to be the expense and weight of batteries; the motor is the least of your worries. You can use two or more motors together if needed.

Wheel motors...not so much. Seems like such a good idea, but I don't know anybody who's been happy with this in a car (or bigger). Bike yes, car no.

No, it's not a stupid idea at all. As lithium batteries get better, cheaper and lighter - more and more people are going to do this because it just makes sense. Come back and let us know how it goes!

Regards,
Lynne

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by: Little Bob431

Hi,Bob; I opperated off road haul trucks for many years some of them were electrics powered by diesel gen sets,they had electric wheel motors.An equipment ensineer told me that parts for 25ton trucks could be addapted to highway truck drive axles.I would suggest to look on line for mine equipment salvage companys for used parts.or contact new equipment mfg. such as CAT,orHatchi,Volvo,etc.Think outside the box! I hope this gives you some ideas.Good luck,BobL

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by: jeff

i am thinking about turning my 26ft box truck into a EV. I would like to see how you do your RV and what type motor's you use and what type transmission you use my email sam99577 at yahoo dot com

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by: Mike Greig

An electric motor would do a better job of pushing that weight than a gas or diesel. Like Lynne said, it's all about the batteries! We will get to a place when EV batteries are affordable in our life times.

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