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Old 08-18-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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6V Battery Boxes on 17B's

A heads up for owners of 17B's with 6V batteries on the rear bumper. I pulled the battery boxes on my 3 1/2 year old trailer to do some other modifications and found the plywood floor under the boxes had rotted to the point where I could put my finger through it. It appears standard plywood was used, and road spray or leaking battery acid did the damage. I have driven some rough roads that splashed small amounts of battery acid outside the plastic boxes. While I don't think the batteries are about to fall out (the 1/8" angle iron, while rusted, still supplies support) it is worth checking - I ended up replacing the plywood on both sides with 1/2" marine plywood.
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A heads up for owners of 17B's with 6V batteries on the rear bumper. I pulled the battery boxes on my 3 1/2 year old trailer to do some other modifications and found the plywood floor under the boxes had rotted to the point where I could put my finger through it. It appears standard plywood was used, and road spray or leaking battery acid did the damage. I have driven some rough roads that splashed small amounts of battery acid outside the plastic boxes. While I don't think the batteries are about to fall out (the 1/8" angle iron, while rusted, still supplies support) it is worth checking - I ended up replacing the plywood on both sides with 1/2" marine plywood.
Could cut up a piece of white kitchen cutting board (which is actually UHMW plastic) for less $ than a sheet of marine plywood to spread the load of the battery across the bottom of the box. Cheaper and won't rot.
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Great suggestion (although I did have the plywood sitting on the shelf)...
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Great suggestion (although I did have the plywood sitting on the shelf)...
Similar here - I have LOTS of plastic around with my biz! LOL
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Thanks for the heads up .
I'll take a look before our next outing.
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You can buy those plastic cutting boards at the Dollar Store. May take more than one.. so, you'll have $2-3 bucks invested!
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It's a bit expensive ($80), but this Canadian co has battery boxes that fit the Trojan T105 6v batteries (x2) perfectly. Used in the marine market they are pretty bullet proof. Marine Totes & Tanks : Battery Boxes

I'm going with the dual 6 volts, and depending on how the ETI box is done, I might install the plastic box that I already own. Wet batteries off-gas, so I'm interested to see exactly how they build the box and vent the batteries.
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Those interested in these boxes might be interested in a recent discussion thread:
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Tractor1's suggestion .....

"Could cut up a piece of white kitchen cutting board (which is actually UHMW plastic) for less $ than a sheet of marine plywood to spread the load of the battery across the bottom of the box. Cheaper and won't rot."

I think this is about one of the first modifications I've read about on this forum that my "skill set" can manage.

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Those interested in these boxes might be interested in a recent discussion thread:
Battery box question
I remember that discussion, and it prompted me to check the plywood on our 2012 17b. It looks ok. Of course, we haven't used the trailer as much as Jon has used his, and we only spent a little time in the SE this spring when it was raining every day. but I really like the idea of replacing the plywood with some of the composite decking materials.
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