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Old 05-30-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Battery Box - do it yourself style

I'm considering the option of building my own battery box vented outside. There are a couple versions of this available online, but once you add shipping to Canada you are looking at $100 each. $200 for two battery boxes seems a little outrageous. Most basic boxes are designed to go in an outdoor location, but with my present configuration I don't have space or tongue weight allowance to do that anymore.

My thinking is that I can buy a basic plastic bin of correct size. I can then put a vent out the top with basic plastic tubing. There is some concern with battery acid eating the bottom of the box. I can solve that by buying two battery trays and placing those in the box.

Alternatively I could make the box with plywood and seal it up with a coating of fiberglass resin.

The other alternative of course is one of the sealed battery types (agm or similar). The box is probably most economical in the longer term.

Thoughts anyone?
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Can you just buy an inexpensive vented battery box, create a gasket to seal the top then add a tube to the top and a vent in the bottom? It would be lighter than plywood and more resistant to deterioration.
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Can you just buy an inexpensive vented battery box, create a gasket to seal the top then add a tube to the top and a vent in the bottom? It would be lighter than plywood and more resistant to deterioration.
Hmmm. This is an interesting suggestion.
im going to have to study one of these vented boxes to see what i can do with it.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:19 PM   #4
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There is a vent kit available to do what you want. I don't know what it costs, but at the least, it can give you some ideas.

Here is a video describing the kit: Battery Box Vent Kit - YouTube

And a link to the kit itself: Quick Cable: Battery Box Vent Kit

There are probably other brands available too. Hope this helps. Also, if you have been following the battery problem discussions on this board recently, you will note that it is advisable to vent even "sealed" AGM batteries in case there are problems.
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Are you saying that these are $100.00 shipped to you?

Vented Battery Box Large White - $24.99

My feeling is why reinvent the wheel as it were?
Buy a box already made to do the job and keep on moving.

I also can not imagine that you can not just buy these in any bigger city?

Also check these out?

http://www.allbatterysalesandservice...fm/2,1290.html

Already in Canada too.
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i'd consider the kit that ed lined to above...looks like a workable solution. And a heck of allot easier than what i had to go through!

(link to the general area of my battery box tweak ...and following posts - & - like this one showing bay compartments)
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Are you saying that these are $100.00 shipped to you?

Vented Battery Box Large White - $24.99

My feeling is why reinvent the wheel as it were?
Buy a box already made to do the job and keep on moving.

I also can not imagine that you can not just buy these in any bigger city?

Also check these out?

Century Plastics Products at All Battery Sales and Service

Already in Canada too.
Adventure RV wants $49.71 shipping fee for their $24.99 box. That's what their system calculates when I enter a Toronto address. If I recall correctly they only ship UPS, which means they will also add an additional brokerage fee when the item crosses the border. The brokerage fee will probably be in the $40 to $50 range. I do like this particular solution, but its hard to justify spending over $100 for a plastic box. Prices on Ebay are similar. Ever heard Canadians complain about the costs to ship stuff into Canada? Here is a very good example. I agree that it makes more sense to use someone else's box, but at these prices I can probably come up with something custom for similar money.

I will explore the other link, but it does have a "contact us" address in the us.

I am planning a trip to the US in August, so a sensible choice might be to bring one home with me. We will see.

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Have you checked local marine stores?
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Have you checked local marine stores?
West Marine has the most diverse catalog locally, but they don't have anything. Its possible that one of the smaller marine places carries them. Does anybody know the brand on the box in the adventure RV link? Its available in a few places and appears to be good value. Unfortunately I have not seen it with a brand name listed on it. With brand info I might be able to locate a Canadian source from the manufacturer.
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West Marine has the most diverse catalog locally, but they don't have anything. Its possible that one of the smaller marine places carries them. Does anybody know the brand on the box in the adventure RV link? Its available in a few places and appears to be good value. Unfortunately I have not seen it with a brand name listed on it. With brand info I might be able to locate a Canadian source from the manufacturer.
MTS Products - I just did a Google images search for "vented battery box" and found matches to your picture.

MTS Products Large RV Battery Box Colonial White
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...Does anybody know the brand on the box in the adventure RV link?...
Greetings, i'm not sure if it is the exact product, but i have MTS items in use in my battery bank area (vents and tubing). Here is a link to an MTS brand battery box that looks similar to your posted picture (i've purchased from dyersonline.com and they are good peeps.)

MTS Large Vented Polar White Battery Box - Batteries Boxes & Accessories - Battery Supplies - Electrical

Thom

PS: LOL...yea...what Tom said ! i missed his post.
EXCEPT...REMEMBER...there is a difference between "Polar White" (read WHITE), and "Colonial White" (read off white).
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