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Old 10-11-2015, 11:52 AM   #1
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Battery Maintenance

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.
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:05 PM   #2
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Good reminder, I need to check mine this soon this fall, it has been around 9 months since they were installed.
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Old 10-11-2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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I put a battery watering system on mine. Just hook up the hand pump, stick a tube into distilled water and squeeze until resistance is felt and all cells are filled to the correct level. Since it uses replacement caps that are part of the system, they don't have to be removed and there is no danger of over or under filling.
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Old 10-11-2015, 05:59 PM   #4
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Amazes me that the water 'vanished' into thin air as hydrogen gas. As I pour the water into the battery I am reminded to make sure the venting system is getting those gases out of the living areas (breathing) areas. And can't collect into a bubble and ignite.
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Old 10-11-2015, 06:51 PM   #5
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We bought new batteries earlier this year and had new ones in the 21', and in both cases, water was needed in the cells right away.
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:55 PM   #6
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If you have the cover to your battery box off when checking water levels, take a quick look on the inside of the cover. With dual 6's on my 21 the cover has foam with a plastic finish taped to the inside as part of the sealing system. It was easy to see where the cover was fitting over the base because of the indentations, one strip of tape was not very straight and it appeared that there could be a gap when the cover was closed. It was a simple process of moving the seal and hopefully improve the seal. Now all those gases can go out the vent tube instead of into the trailer.
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Old 10-11-2015, 09:26 PM   #7
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Do you have gobs of putty between the cover and box? I assume you have the wood with rods to clamp it down, however, we have to check our clamps as we could not tell if one screw was going to stay in place.
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The closure system for the battery box leaves quite a bit to be desired. We found the seat did not close tightly due to the protrusion of the battery box rods. They were too high, it was fun shortening those. Woe to you if the rod closest to the stove slides down, fetching it out of those tight spaces is a joy.

The goobs of putty have been easy to deal with, kinda fun to reshape them into the wire opening.
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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 ?
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The closure system for the battery box leaves quite a bit to be desired. We found the seat did not close tightly due to the protrusion of the battery box rods. They were too high, it was fun shortening those. Woe to you if the rod closest to the stove slides down, fetching it out of those tight spaces is a joy.

The goobs of putty have been easy to deal with, kinda fun to reshape them into the wire opening.
Ours are across the back of our U from passenger side. If we lose the pieces to the rod on that side, it could be a slight problem retrieving them also. We do not have a seat problem that I know.
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