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Old 07-07-2014, 10:48 PM   #11
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Thanks for the clarifications, especially santacruzer - that's quite clear. If the angle irons are spaced just right to support the long edges of the battery then I don't think the plywood would be needed, but sometimes what is practical to fabricate is not the simplest design.
The angle irons actually are on the shorter ends on the battery box. They're perpendicular to the bumper, and the batteries sit lengthwise on the bumper frame. Without the plywood as a floor it would be difficult to attach, as firmly, the plastic battery box.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:02 PM   #12
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I don't know if this is of any use in the discussion, but it's my group 27 battery box on my 17B bumper.
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I'd be really tempted to replace the wood with something less organic like pieces used on decking - Timber Tech or something along those lines. Don't know if a piece of Dri-Dek flooring would be stout enough, but it might be as the weight is really carried by the angle irons on the ends.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:32 PM   #14
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Watched a show last night about the eruption of a "super volcano" underneath Yellowstone. It will likely erase life in North America. Apparently it erupts about every 600,000 years. Last time it erupted was 640,000 years ago.

I have no plans to replace the supports for my battery box. I'm not concerned about rusted bolts.
If the battery box falls through the plywood, I probably needed to replace the battery anyway.

It's interesting to observe the difference between this forum and FGRV. Over there, members are trying to assemble awnings out of umbrellas they got at the thrift store and over here we keep trying to fix stuff that isn't broken yet.

If I wasn't so lazy, I'd probably "fix" some stuff too.
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Many on FGRV own pre-2001 trailers to work on, prior to Escape manufacturing. Oldies prior to factory awnings, too!
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And yes the battery sets loose in the box.
That's not at all uncommon. At least with the plywood base it should be easy to add a couple of threaded rods for a hold-down clamp, if desired.
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With the battery in a box and the box secured by webbing and bolted to the trailer, why does the battery need to be clamped? I've been on some rough roads and unless I'm missing something, it looks just fine to me.
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We have solutions looking for problems, it's the American way!

I'm with gbaglo on this one, that plywood will likely outlive me, and the battery sure as hell is secure. Let's move on to keeping our ice cold for the cocktails.
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With the battery in a box and the box secured by webbing and bolted to the trailer, why does the battery need to be clamped?
Because it can bounce around in there which is hard on it, and because in a collision that case is not designed to contain the massive battery. Most cars have the battery in a box these days - ever seen one without a clamp?

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I've been on some rough roads and unless I'm missing something, it looks just fine to me.
It's pretty hard to see the internal condition of the plates and connections.

Loose batteries are pretty common, and perhaps most people are happy with the life of their trailer batteries. Plus, in a collision an RV trailer is assumed to be totally destroyed.
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OK, I follow that. What is the battery clamped to?
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