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Old 05-21-2014, 01:09 AM   #1
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Storage Box and Battery Venting

Egbert is at a local RV dealer to have a malfunctioning furnace fixed. It is under warranty so no problem there. The people there were truly impressed with the Escape product and commented on how much better made it is than a Scamp. But I knew that.

The service people questioned the (dual) batteries in the front storage box with the box having no vent holes. Is this an issue or not?
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:56 AM   #2
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I guess it depends on how much area is needed to vent. The lid does not seal and there are drain holes in the bottom corners. So I would guess there is some air movement inside the box??
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:06 AM   #3
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I think the build up of gas is more dangerous inside the living area versus outside in an enclosure. The chance of a spark or exposure is minimal outside. I'd prefer mine outside but the 21' design won't allow. Besides, it is a lot easier to attach lights and other goodies outside than inside.
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If you had a battery charger hooked up in the box with the lid closed the switching contacts could spark and ignite concentrated gas if the box was not ventilated sufficiently. It may be better practice to leave the charger outside. Once the lid is open for a few minutes the spark danger would not be so bad. Also the battery posts should be covered/protected from contact with metal objects like lawn chairs, awning cranks, etc., as that would cause an explosion. I dropped a wrench on a battery once and it exploded. Won't do that again!
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ETI covers the battery(batteries with plywood to prevent accidents and yes the charger should be left outside while charging, similar to leaving the charger on the ground when using with an automobile, away from any sparks.
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Think about your car battery, in the under hood area where there are all sorts of sparks , I know its well vented under there but there are all sorts of things going on. The reality is humans don't need to be breathing battery off gasing in a confined space but it would be very hard to ignite the fumes from a charging battery. The front storage box is hardly sealed air tight.
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Thanks all. I thought it was a non-issue but wanted to get others' opinions.
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Think about your car battery, in the under hood area where there are all sorts of sparks , I know its well vented under there but there are all sorts of things going on. The reality is humans don't need to be breathing battery off gasing in a confined space but it would be very hard to ignite the fumes from a charging battery. The front storage box is hardly sealed air tight.
You 'al only lean over a vented car battery in a charging state under the hood once with a lit cigarette in your mouth.
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You 'al only lean over a vented car battery in a charging state under the hood once with a lit cigarette in your mouth.
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I was refering to sparks from from things like altenators and starter motors. Every time you engage the starter there is a arcing spark. Why anyone would be working on a vehicle with a lit cigarette in their mouth is beyond me.
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