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Old 12-01-2019, 04:33 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 CC intrigue. I have noticed that I have to clean the battery compartment all of the time as dirt/sand keeps blowing in when the engine is running. The battery compartment is not sealed around the bottom so air just blows thru. My question is can I enclose/seal that area without blowing up the batteries. I know I have to leave some ventilation open. I'm thinking the hurricane blowing now is just too much. Thoughts???
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3 scenarios -

- If you are using lithium or AGM batteries for both house and chassis, you are free to seal it off. I did it in 2014.

- If you are using all LA batteries (2 8D house and 1 chassis), you'd need to leave it open for safety reason.

- In case of hybrid - lithium or AGM for house but LA for chassis, you can seal it off, but you'd need a tube to lead the gas from the chassis battery vent to outside (going down at the side).
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Thanks for your input. I'm still thinking.
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I have a 2000 CC intrigue. I have noticed that I have to clean the battery compartment all of the time as dirt/sand keeps blowing in when the engine is running. The battery compartment is not sealed around the bottom so air just blows thru. My question is can I enclose/seal that area without blowing up the batteries. I know I have to leave some ventilation open. I'm thinking the hurricane blowing now is just too much. Thoughts???
I had the same issue with my coach so I purchased filter material at ACE hardware and cut it to fit the open grate behind the batteries and fastened down with zip ties. It didn't eliminate all the dirt but cut it down significantly.
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Can you give me a better idea of what the filter material is. Sounds like something to look into. That way everything can still get vented.
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Can you give me a better idea of what the filter material is. Sounds like something to look into. That way everything can still get vented.
Something like this you just cut to fit.
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You can't completely seal off a flooded battery compartment but the amount of venting you need isn't all that much. A few square inches of venting is plenty. What I've used is pink or blue rigid foam insulating sheet glued/attached with silicone or critically fit so pieces can be removed for access or cleaning. Another material that works like a mat is flexible 40 mil PVC sheet. This is stuff you can find at home improvement stores.

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A side note - if your inverter is in the compartment above those batteries, there are 3 or 4 holes with an inch diameter on the wall facing rear. When drive wheels are spinning, dirt/dust gets in from those holes, and the wire hole too. You will notice much dirt/dust is sitting on the floor of that compartment. I sealed those and install a cooling fan with 2 inch diameter vent duct to the bottom of coach.
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