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Old 09-19-2016, 05:25 PM   #11
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You are still sending contaminated water to the ground. Some condensate is normal. You will have 1/4" to 1/2" of water in the bottom of the battery box every year.

Part of routine maintenance is to pull the battery, safely dispose of the condensate and top up the water in the battery.

Just like we don't dump black water (grey water in most places, now) on the ground, dumping hydrogen sulfide contaminated water wherever you happen to be charging your battery is considered unacceptable.

Replace the boxes you've damaged. They are designed to contain the mess that a lead-acid battery creates.
Have to join Bob on this one too. Drilled holes as soon as I got my twin boxes to house my 2 cart batteries. First time I did this was on a previous TT when I noticed the plastic box was completely filled with rain water. You may be the only guy in N America who removes their battery every year to "safely" empty what you consider contaminated water from the box. The example of a car battery sitting on a tray under your hood pretty much tells the tail. I haven't had a car in 40 that had any corrosion under the battery plate.

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Old 09-19-2016, 07:03 PM   #12
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You are still sending contaminated water to the ground. Some condensate is normal. You will have 1/4" to 1/2" of water in the bottom of the battery box every year.

Part of routine maintenance is to pull the battery, safely dispose of the condensate and top up the water in the battery.

Just like we don't dump black water (grey water in most places, now) on the ground, dumping hydrogen sulfide contaminated water wherever you happen to be charging your battery is considered unacceptable.

Replace the boxes you've damaged. They are designed to contain the mess that a lead-acid battery creates.
Was that an offer to pay for replacing his battery boxes? Also, do you have the batteries in your vehicles in sealed boxes so they cannot send contaminated water to the ground? Besides, even if it was an issue in vehicles, don't you think the EPA would have been all over that decades ago?

Besides, the quantities of actual contamination from a battery is so tiny, it just doesn't matter (as long as you aren't just dumping the entire battery into a landfill), even if you multiply that by the number of batteries in all vehicles. Hydrogen sulfide is generated only when batteries are being overcharged. It is far better to deal with the cause than the symptom. Modern chargers are far less likely to overcharge a battery than the older ones were.

In short, you are making a mountain out of a molehill.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:10 PM   #13
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You are still sending contaminated water to the ground. Some condensate is normal. You will have 1/4" to 1/2" of water in the bottom of the battery box every year.

Part of routine maintenance is to pull the battery, safely dispose of the condensate and top up the water in the battery.

Just like we don't dump black water (grey water in most places, now) on the ground, dumping hydrogen sulfide contaminated water wherever you happen to be charging your battery is considered unacceptable.

Replace the boxes you've damaged. They are designed to contain the mess that a lead-acid battery creates.
I call B.S. on the above post.
I believe this post has NO BASIS IN FACT whatsoever.
Do you actually have experience with all this "contaminated" water?
Just where is all this contaminated water coming from?
I suppose your automobile must be a toxic waste dump because your battery likely isn't enclosed in a battery box.
And is there documented evidence of TT battery support beams rusting out and failing because of water drainage from a battery box?

I had water building up from rain getting into the top vents on my battery box. Drilled 4 holes (one near each corner) in the plastic battery box. No more water build up. And since my batteries weren't running dry or losing water, that water was clearly not coming from my batteries, but from rain.
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:42 AM   #14
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we drill holes in the center of
all of out battery box's when units go out..

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Old 09-21-2016, 12:27 PM   #15
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Wow!

As the OP, I didn't think this tip was a contentious one. I didn't mean to get anyone's dander up! Despite my "senior member" tag I'm obviously a newbie compared to our far more seasoned and experienced contributors, but I do my best to put real thought into my posts beforehand.

I've learned so much here that my goal is to give back as much as I can while keeping things friendly. My philosophy to date has been to take what makes sense to me and leave the rest behind. If someone shares a tip that isn't a good fit for me and my family, I just let it pass.

mike837go, I respect your opinion and I know you shared it out of a desire to keep me straight, which I appreciate. I've done the same whenever people ask for advice on topics I feel educated enough to weigh in on. So from one Mike to another, thanks.
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Hydrogen Sulfide is a gas not a liquid.
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Hydrogen Sulfide is a gas not a liquid.
True, but it can be dissolved in water.
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True, but it can be dissolved in water.
It's a non issue. People just getting worked up over nothing.

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Old 09-21-2016, 03:20 PM   #19
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Wow!
As the OP, I didn't think this tip was a contentious one.

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mike837go, I respect your opinion and I know you shared it out of a desire to keep me straight, which I appreciate. I've done the same whenever people ask for advice on topics I feel educated enough to weigh in on. So from one Mike to another, thanks.
Oh, don't worry about the occasional dustup around here. There are plenty of things to get genuinely upset about (watch what happen when towing weight limits are approached or exceeded).

And nobody enjoys a good [vulgar use of voiding] contest than I.

Just two last point on the subject:

- If battery boxes are supposed to drain, why wouldn't they have holes already in them? Why even bother with a box? Just sit the battery out there on the rails and strap it down. The point is to keep a potential mess (worst case: sulfuric acid) inside of something, rather than on the ground.

- How batteries are carried in automobiles: Check the condition of the steel stamping under the battery vs. all the other of the car after 3 years. You'll find more corrosion from the minimal outgassing of the maintenance-free battery than practically any other painted steel part. But since these are simple flooded cell batteries, the rules for maintenance-free batteries does not apply.

One has to open the cover 2x (or more) per year and check what the [expletive of your choice] is going on in there. Safely discard any buildup in the bottom of the box. Refill the cells with distilled water. Clean any corrosion at the connections.

The battery, the wheel bearings, the hitch, etc. all need to be checked and serviced if you want your RV to last more than a year or two.

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Both of these boxes on this page come from the manufacturer with drain holes already in place.
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