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Old 07-06-2014, 10:58 PM   #1
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Battery box question

I have two 6 volt batteries on rear bumper of 17B. The battery box is attached to the bumper frame but there is an added 1/2 piece of plywood between the box and frame and I'm not sure why.

Any ideas? This is a 2009. Is it the same setup for the newer models?
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:02 PM   #2
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On my 2010 17B the batteries were mounted directly forward of the bumper and encased in black plastic with a nylon belt strap to secure the lid. Don't recall any wood platform.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:38 PM   #3
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The rear bumper is 1.5"x3" box-section steel tubing... which means without some sort of platform, the battery is sitting on a 1.5" wide bar. I doubt the battery case is designed for that, so I would use a steel or plywood platform.

I've seen several Escape battery installations, including some on the 17's rear bumper, but sorry - I don't recall the platform or clamp.

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On my 2010 17B the batteries were mounted directly on the bumper and encased in black plastic with a nylon belt strap to secure the lid.
What holds each battery down, and what does it attach to?
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Brian- I modified the post above; they don't sit on top of the metal bumper. They are between it and the trailer. Can't remember exactly how they are mounted, but am pretty sure they're not on plywood.
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Our 2012 is on plywood.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:26 AM   #6
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On my 2010 Escape 19, two pieces of plywood were sandwiched to form at least a 1 inch board that had bolts running through from the plastic battery box and then through the frame.

I has some issues with these bolts. It appears the battery box was taking on some water, the bolts were tightened down sufficiently that there were places for water to pool around the bolt. In turn, the bolt rusted and left some rather nasty stains.

I replaced the fasteners with a galvanized version and painted the plywood. The plywood was too weathered for me to determine if it was treated wood.
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So the sole purpose of the plywood must be to protect the box strap from the road elements.

My plywood is not treated and badly weathered.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:05 PM   #8
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On mine the plywood is the floor between two pieces of angle iron welded to the bumper bars. The plywood is bolted to the metal angle iron, and the battery box is screwed down to the plywood from the interior of the battery box. The box strap is in a groove in the battery box, between the box and the plywood. I actually prefer a plywood bottom, since that's easier to replace than if the battery frame had a solid metal floor, which would collect water and rust out easily.
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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 strap over the outside of the plastic battery box holds the box lid on, but what holds the battery? Is the battery just sitting loose in the box?
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Santacruzer did a much better job of explaining the setup.

And yes the battery sets loose in the box. The angle iron in my case was heavily corroded and the bolts securing the box had to be cut off because of rust. Also there were rust deposits on the ground where I park. Just finished repainting the bumper area and not quite sure how I will re-assemble the box.
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