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Old 12-18-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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Dirty Batteries

I have a '99 Pace Arrow, that has been good to me, but last trip we hit a lot of Northwest weather and a couple of muddy roads.
When We got home I was cleaning, getting ready for storage, and when I opened the House Battery space in the basement my batteries looked like a mud ball, I'm lucky they didn't short out.
There is nothing but a pan just the size of the batt's, and nothing under to protect them from road grime.
This doesn't seem like the best way to expose them.
Has anyone fashioned a cover or closed the bottom of the area to prevent road slop.
I've seen a couple of housings to put the batt's in but can't see how they breath.

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Our Alpine is the same way, we live a the end of 2.5 miles of dirt road and the tops of the batteries get filthy even when the road is not wet. I'm subscribed to see what ideas come in.

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Old 12-18-2011, 03:44 PM   #3
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Since batteries vent gases, there must be open spaces under the batteries to prevent buildup and an explosion...unlikely as that might seem.

You could fashion a good ol' mud flap (rubber). My rig just has a solid mud flap the size of the opening (width) and around 12" long just in front of the battery compartment. If you're handy, wouldn't be to hard to fashion. I don't get large amounts of mud in there but it does get dusty.
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Don't get too agressive in closing in those batteries. I would however try to install a deflector toward the most obvious point of entry where the mud is coming in from. Gently rinse the batteries down with a hose and allow them to air dry.
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Mine are the same way, I haven't cleaned them in years and they're still the OEM batteries installed in 2002.
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The bat. compartment on my 2004 Monaco Camelot is closed in, all but a 1 inch drain hole that has a plastic plug with small 1/8 drain hole in it. At top rear corner is exit hole for cables that allows gases to escape when bat charge. All this is the way RV came from factory, it has 4-6 volt and 2-12 volt batteries stored in compartment. 25000 miles on RV, compartment stays clean.
Myself I see no reason to not close compartment as long as you allow for gases to vent.
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Could you build some kind of semi enclosed area that would keep them out of the mess?
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The plastic battery boxes sold in boating and car parts stores have a strap that goes around the box and the lid has a gap on both sides for venting. I have installed many of these on travel trailers and motorhomes.

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