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Old 12-12-2012, 07:47 AM   #11
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The original battery was probably located on the front "A" frame and it was a single 12volt. I wouldn't be as concerned about the hydrogen gas as I would be with corrosion of the items in the same compartment because of the acidic vapors.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:43 AM   #12
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I wouldn't be as concerned about the hydrogen gas as I would be with corrosion of the items in the same compartment because of the acidic vapors.
I gotta disagree with Grumpy here. The corrosion is destructive but not explosive or dangerous. Hydrogen gas is highly explosive very dangerous.
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The issue I see with installing the tube/vent as you indicate is that your current battery box is a vented style. AKA it vents into the trailer as the lid just sits there with big openings. I would recommend installing a sealed box with a vent. Possibly installing the vent through the floor, but I would have to think about that as hydrogen is lighter than air.
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Possibly installing the vent through the floor, but I would have to think about that as hydrogen is lighter than air.
Installing the vent through the floor won't cut it. As you said, hydrogen is lighter than air. Hydrogen gas would be trapped in the box. Very dangerous. The vent MUST provide a CONTINUOUS rise from the box. No dips or sags in the line.
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snip...... Just do it based on some actual research, facts and what you are comfortable with and not something that has been constantly parroted online.
A battery OEM would be a good source, and they have been warning about safety when handling/using flooded/wet cell batteries long before the internet:

http://www.trojanbattery.com/pdf/MSD....May132010.pdf

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