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Old 06-29-2017, 02:40 PM   #1
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Battery inside cabin

We understand over-charging will cause off-gassing of lead-acid batteries, which is the reason why batteries stored inside will need to be vented.

Our question is that if batteries will only be discharged inside the cabin (we can move it outside to charge), could we safely store the battery inside without venting? For instance, when we are dry camping, we have an extra utility battery that we move around to power various things, could we use that battery inside the cabin at night to charge our phones, laptops, etc.?

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Old 06-29-2017, 05:02 PM   #2
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You probably could get away with it but its not just the out gassing that is dangerous. Exposed electrical connections are dangerous. Just moving the battery about is dangerous as sooner or later you are going to have an accident and someones back or foot is going to get hurt. You don't need any acid spills to complicate your life. Better yet leave the battery outside and make a junction box with all the charging connections you need on it and with an extension type cord. Clip it to the battery and run the cord inside. No battery to trip over or dodge about and you can get creative on running the cord so its not a hassle eithor. Then you have a separate charging issue with the floating battery. With the cost of a good battery it is conceivable you can set up portable solar panels to keep your cabin battery up so you don't need to carry the extra battery. Its just not good camping practice to have an exposed battery in your living space.
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Just buy a sealed battery that you dont have to worry about and furgetaboutit.
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A sealed AGM battery will eliminate the off gassing, but why not do some wiring and mount the battery outside? Neater and cleaner, and far less of a hassle than lugging a battery around inside the trailer.
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A sealed AGM battery will eliminate the off gassing, but why not do some wiring and mount the battery outside? Neater and cleaner, and far less of a hassle than lugging a battery around inside the trailer.
I moved our battery from the tongue to under the rear dinette seat, enclosed and properly vented, to lower my tongue weight to 200 lbs and to keep the battery warm during our mostly off-season camping. Worked great.

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I moved our battery from the tongue to under the rear dinette seat, enclosed and properly vented, to lower my tongue weight to 200 lbs and to keep the battery warm during our mostly off-season camping. Worked great.

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Yep, that'll work too. Pretty easy to wire some 12V receptacles and just permanently install the battery. And if it's an AGM, there wouldn't even be a need to vent it.
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