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Old 10-12-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
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Battery boxes full of water

Just pulled my batteries for the winter. I was surprised to see the plastic boxes they were in were full of water despite the covers being on. I am thinking about drilling a couple of weep holes in the bottoms, but it got me wondering if it was normal. Could the water be from the batteries themselves? Seems like a lot of water considering the covers were on. Anything to worry about?
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:44 PM   #2
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Doesn't hurt anything but weep holes great idea.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:41 PM   #3
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If it came from your batteries it should be apparent when you check the electrolyte levels. If it turns out that it is coming from your batteries, I would be doing a voltage check on my converter. Its possible that your converter is malfunctioning.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:22 PM   #4
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Most of the time it is rain water. Mine would fill up with water on the trailer and the boat, drilled a few holes in the bat boxes and no more water.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:28 PM   #5
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My dealer drilled several holes in the bottom of the battery box to prevent this. Didn't even have to ask....I noticed after I got it home when looking things over.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:37 PM   #6
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I wouldn't drill holes in the bottom 'cuz I don't want potentially corrosive water running down my trailer frame...just sayin'.

Even if it is just rain water, it still ran over the top of the battery and down the sides.
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The leaking batteries were in the old days. Modern batteries are sealed.
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The leaking batteries were in the old days. Modern batteries are sealed.
I disagree. Not all "modern" batteries are sealed. Just because they don't have screw-on caps doesn't mean they are sealed. My OEM battery in my 2011 F-150 has removeable caps as well as the Exide battery I put in my Odyssey last month. The caps are rectangular and flush with the top of the battery. A little pry with a small screwdriver and they pop right off so you can check the electrolyte levels.
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Regardless, these battery boxes are vented at the top. PS-all batteries should be vented. Anyway, these vents are at the top of the boxes, and rain water certainly weeps in. We get battery boxes full of water every day. Remove the battery, drill some holes, enjoy the trailer. PS-drill the holes in the middle and on the sides. You wont get battery acid on your frame.

Remember that when battery acid leaks, it causes that nasty corrosion that forms around the terminals. It wont leak down and corrode your frame. Even if it did. Thats why God provided us with paint.
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The leaking batteries were in the old days. Modern batteries are sealed.

Ummmm no. Still PLENTY of flooded cell batteries out there, including EVERY group 24 Interstate multi-purpose installed at the dealership where I bought my trailer. Also used extensively in boats around here. I'm surprised you didn't get a standard Interstate dual purpose on yours? Didn't you get your trailer from Crestview?
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