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Old 12-28-2008, 04:25 PM   #15
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Bob/Connie, think batteries catching fire will on the road is a new one for Alpines in general and 03s in particular. Not familiar with the maint-free version but U2200s are the correct size bats for the 03. Assuming they were installed/cabled correctly and the generator wasnt running/inverter charging the bats, a faulty alternator or bat isolator is at the top of the list. I didnt like the metal battery hold-down brackets on my 03 [they ran too close to the bat terminals] so I did replace them with strips sawed from a plastic cutting board. Many of us will be curious to hear what you find out as the cause.
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You can also take the metal brackets out, and put Scotch 23 vulcanizing tape all around them and that will insulate them.

Another way is to get a bad inertube from a tire shop, cut some pieces out of that, wrap the metal piece in the material, then use the tape above as an outer wrap.

A third way is to buy a can of that liquid electrical tape and paint that all over the metal bar which will also insulate it.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:41 AM   #17
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Old Scout,
that's quite a clever idea to cut your wife's cutting board up. Does she miss the inch or so you cut-off or did you buy her a new one?
I have a 2005 so I have six batteries. I don't think the cutting board is quite long enough and I know some of the newer Alpines have 8 batteries. I think the plastic hold down is a great idea and an alternative to the cutting board is a company called McMaster Carr. They have all types of phenolics, lexans, etc. that you can purchase. You may need to buy more than you need but I think the safety factor makes it well worthwhile.

Great tip, Thank you.
You should add that to Quick Tips and Easy Mods.
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