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Old 07-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #11
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The battery box should be sealed at the bottom. One of the intents of the box is to retain the acid should the battery leak or boil over. By drilling holes in the bottom you may well be setting yourself up for acid damage to the trailer. Small chance but is it worth it?

Find how the water is getting in and fix that.
I agree, but you are in a no win situation. The top of the box is vented for obvious reasons so it is going to get water in it if stored outside. I drilled holes in the bottom too. Maybe a partial solution is to drill the holes 1/2 way up the box. It would partially sit in water at times, but I don't think that would harm it....although if it froze in the winter....not good!

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Old 07-16-2012, 10:55 PM   #12
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Yup ... same/same. Holes drilled in the bottom of the box...

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:16 AM   #13
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Very true, I think if we can't stop it from getting in, we'll definitely drill a hole or two. Thanks everyone!
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:37 AM   #14
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I have four battery boxes on the front of my POPUP deck and I drilled holes in the bottom of the boxes for draining. They do however drain straight to the ground. I am planning to install a larger diamond plate lock box for my batteries and will probably not drill holes in the bottom to drain off water since no water will be able to get inside from the closed lid or battery fume vents. I also use smart-mode charging and haven't seen any boil-over now for a few years. My batteries will probably be sitting in the bottom plastic holder when I re-install them in the metal lock box.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:30 PM   #15
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:23 AM   #16
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:34 AM   #17
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drilled holes in mine, after all, very few cars have battery boxes,I would guess the chances of an acid spill are remote, and if you did have a spill, I doubt a plastic box would be of much help.....happy camping!

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