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Old 06-27-2020, 06:35 PM   #1
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Battery support issue 17b

Found that the support structure beneath the 6v batteries on back bumper is deteriorated to the point of being unsafe. Some kind of osb board supports the batteries along with some very corroded screws & nuts. Glad I happened to notice before planning any trips. Could have been catastrophic.

My helpful son believes he can place some metal supports with new ss screws & nuts to remedy the situation. I will post pics but it doesn’t show the cracked board very well. Any different thoughts on how to go about this? Thank you!
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:16 PM   #2
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I replaced the battery floors on my 17 with plastic cutting boards.
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:17 PM   #3
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I'd try to use something that is corrosion proof, plastic perhaps.
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Looks like plywood to me, not OSB.
I had ETI replace mine after 11 years, as it was failing, which is to be expected.
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Old 06-27-2020, 08:25 PM   #5
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Great idea on plastic cutting boards. Thanks. My escape is only 3 yrs old. Hope others will pay attention to this as a maintenance issue.
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Old 06-28-2020, 12:11 AM   #6
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I replaced our original plywood with some 3/4" exterior 7ply plywood. 3 coats of HW store's best exterior paint, fresh bolts and nuts, and we're good for quite a while.
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