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Old 06-11-2015, 06:31 PM   #1
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Front end "grill" question

I have a 34ft diesel pusher made by Four Winds. On the front I find what looks like a hood or a grill. Basically slots and chicken wire. I open it up and find all the house electrics and 5 or so car batteries. This includes all the fuses, solenoids, wire junctions, and a 110v outlet racing forward. Under that there is another one that does not open.

Why on earth would anyone put all that in what I see as the concentrated end of a wind/rain/roadsalt/bug funnel?

Pros and cons of me sealing it all up?

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Old 06-11-2015, 06:46 PM   #2
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If the batteries are in there ; you don't want to seal it up. They need to vent the gasses created by charging. Covering up the fuses and other items would probably be a good idea , but a lot of those , solenoids and relays produce heat so the area can't be too small.
Here's a picture of the area above my gen set , fuse boxes and relays covered by plexi glass . Plexi removed in the photo , but you can see the rubber seal.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:24 AM   #3
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Rain helps wash the batteries clean of any expelled acid.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
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Sealing up the front openings wont actually seal the compartment, it's open all the way down to the ground. I think it would help the MPG too if I did. I will obviously look again before acting, but I think that even if the bottom was closed, vent hoses on the batteries would resolve the gas issue? I just see all that stuff getting wet and ruined. I also thought about putting an inverter there, as both the 110 and 12v systems are all within inches of each other but I know this one wont survive outside.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:18 AM   #5
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With the bottom open (just as a propane tank in an open bottom bay) you shouldn't worry about gas build up. And as far as "washing" with rain that's a stretch.
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You don't have to seal it, just install an air damn/rain damn behind the grill.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:42 AM   #7
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This is what I'm talking about - not mine but looks just like it. http://cdn-5.psndealer.com/e2/dealer...p4213770_1.jpg

The question is "why does a diesel pusher have a grill on the front at all?"!!

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