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Old 11-02-2007, 04:32 AM   #1
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After my Lifelines were moved from the old coach to this one in April, I have not looked into the battery compartment - and that's after 4 1/2 months and 9000+ miles on the road. Until yesterday when I decided to hose out all the dirt. I notice there's an area aft of the batteries that could be used for some sort of storage - jugs of coolant, oil etc. Obviously, it's not a heated compartment. That aside, has anyone come up with any other issues re: storing stuff in that area? Would be interested in techniques and experiences.
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:32 AM   #2
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After my Lifelines were moved from the old coach to this one in April, I have not looked into the battery compartment - and that's after 4 1/2 months and 9000+ miles on the road. Until yesterday when I decided to hose out all the dirt. I notice there's an area aft of the batteries that could be used for some sort of storage - jugs of coolant, oil etc. Obviously, it's not a heated compartment. That aside, has anyone come up with any other issues re: storing stuff in that area? Would be interested in techniques and experiences.
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:38 AM   #3
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I've seen this done on a Coach and it worked very well for storing jack bases. I've made my bases from 2 cross layers of 2 X 6 pressure-treated lumber and will modify that area for them next Spring.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:03 PM   #4
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I store a gallon of distilled water and a 50' air hose. Yes, it gets dusty and dirty, but a little water will clean it up quickly.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:59 PM   #5
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On my 06 I built in the space aft of the battery comp and that is where I store my blocks for under my jacks and air hose.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:47 PM   #6
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I bolted a steel shelf in the battery compartment of our 2003 - 36FD. Worked Great. I stored a gallon of water, leveling blocks and an orange safety cone there. I considered doing the same thing in the propane tank compartment of our 2006 - 36MD but have never gotten around to doing it. Harold
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:52 PM   #7
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David Horn, In the 4-1/2 months that you never looked in your battery compartment do we all assume that you never checked the water in your batteries?

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Old 01-24-2008, 03:54 PM   #8
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I keep a spare serpentine belt, coupla spare charging solenoids (or is it 3?), and two battery float caps. The solenoids & caps are in a small, shrink-wrapped box to avoid soaking up water spray that comes up thru the jack's hydraulic hose opening (presumably where the dirt seeks to enter also- maybe I oughta make a vinyl closure for that? )
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Ted III,

Lifeline batteries, that David Horn mentioned, are AGM batteries. You don't need to, and can't, check the water level. I have the same AGM batteries, which I only check every few months just see if they are still there; I haven't lost them yet. They don't outgass, so there is no corrosion and no loss of water. And, they charge much faster than flooded acid batteries. No muss, no fuss!
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:42 PM   #10
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Ted:

The only thing that needs to be checked on the AGM's is swelling (at death) and positive connection. Since they don't out-gas they don't really corrode, but dirt still gets in. I just hose mine off every couple months.
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Thank you, I missed that they were AGM batterie.

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Thanks Dale for your reply. I checked mine the other day and they were still there so I hosed the dirt off, put the cover back on, and shut the compartment for another 6 months.
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