Originally Posted by Mikey
As the OP, I didn't think this tip was a contentious one.
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.