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Old 10-11-2015, 11:03 PM   #11
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Paul - could you maybe replace the putty with limited expansion variety of expanding foam Window Expanding Foam? I've used it for similar applications - using petroleum jelly on the parts I don't want it to stick to. So it would be made to adhere to the lid, but not the box. It can make a very airtight seal. Or more trouble than it would be worth ?
We like putty! Actually, I am supposing it is all tight because of the wood and rod (and putty!) but want to check that periodically to make sure it is in place.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:41 AM   #12
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Lid on my dual battery box in the front dinette seat fits cleanly and the box is well vented to the exterior. Must only be the 21's that have this clearance issue.
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:32 AM   #13
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When I installed my dual sixes earlier this year, I noticed the felt had not been seated so I reseated the felt on the top but due to my Battery Pro install the top sits up maybe 1/2" bit unless I compress it down, so I placed a flat grill attachment which was being carried elsewhere and when the dinette lid is closed it compressed the battery lid down tight. I then tightened the strap down tight so between these two items I should be good.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:43 AM   #14
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This battery talk's got me wondering about my 2 year old 6's so I went out to check water levels. No exposed cells but now I'll go buy some distilled water to keep on hand. I did, however, notice this corrosion build up.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:56 AM   #15
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How to clean your battery - with a base (baking soda) or an acid (Coke.)

How to Clean Corroded Car Battery Terminals: 14 Steps
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:00 PM   #16
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Battery location. Seems that the 21 batteries are located interior somewhere under the rear dinette.
Where are the 19 Batteries located. I was assuming they were on the tongue, but one post here seemed to indicate the were inside under front bench??
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the newer models are on the tongue, some older models are inside the front dinette.
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Old 10-12-2015, 04:17 PM   #18
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Spent much of yesterday washing the Escape, cleaning stuff out of the interior, winterizing, putting the cover on for winter storage, and topping off the water in the two 6V batteries. Shortly after we picked up our 19' in April 2013, I had placed a one gallon jug of distilled water under the dinette seats to use for topping up the batteries. (I use a large turkey baister and it works quite well.) After topping off the batteries yesterday, I realized that my one gallon water jug started about 2-1/2 years ago was now empty. I had never thought that those batteries would use such large volumes of water. I guess that this is my reminder to others out there to not forget to do your battery maintenance, or you may find that they have gone dry.
Thank you for the reminder.It was hard to believe ,considering my 21 was p/up this march.The batteries were all in need of a slight drink.Plugged the unit back in & will allow the batteries to charge fully.Other than the old 6volt Cat batteries,that I used years ago.My knowledge with filling them up,was very faint.Back then we never filled them,because I guess they didn't last a second season.Task accomplished thanks..
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Old 10-12-2015, 04:34 PM   #19
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I check my trailer batteries about every other month, and use the hydrometer to replace any water needed. After they've been topped off I wait a couple of days and test them with the hydrometer. Maybe I've just been lucky, but have never had to confront significant corrosion on battery terminals on any trailer I've owned.
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I check my trailer batteries about every other month, and use the hydrometer to replace any water needed. After they've been topped off I wait a couple of days and test them with the hydrometer. Maybe I've just been lucky, but have never had to confront significant corrosion on battery terminals on any trailer I've owned.
Hydrometer? I gotta quit reading all these threads. Too many cool things to buy.

PS I open the little handle thingy so I can see inside the battery and use a flashlight so I can see to check water level ( the battery web site gave me the idea to use the flashlight). Liz cut a little drinking straw in half which we use to check water level - we stick the straw into the atte region and can see how much water is above the cell (for us cutting the straw in half is a mod . That, and hanging suction hooks for clothes. ). So far we've added water once since using "The Cute Little 17B" first used her September 2014

I check ever few months.

I'm warming to calling her The Cute Little 17B now that we've had the trailer awhile. Kind of like the First Nations people who didn't officially name their children right away but waited till the child developed and showed its character.
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