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Old 11-30-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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Holy Cracked Battery Box Batman!

I was walking around the trailer doing a visual check before heading out to take the trailer in for some maintenance (getting the wheel bearings re-packed) and noticed something black hanging down from the back bumper.

I looked and it was my battery - half-way out of the battery box! One end of the battery box had totally broken out.

I think this happened because I've been running a group 24 battery in the group 27 box - since the battery is a little smaller, it's entire weight is on the plastic bottom of the box - not reaching all the way to the metal 'shelves' that support the battery box. I'm thinking that I could get a welder to add a metal strip under the battery box to help support the battery.

Of course, the real solution is to get a group 27 battery (the RV guy who replaced my battery last time didn't happen to mention that he was putting in a smaller one - doh!) but that will have to wait awhile.

I'm SO glad I took that look around the trailer - I don't think the battery would have lasted even the short little trip I had planned.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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I do a walk around before starting out on any trip, checking lights, tires, hitch, bike rack, etc., and at every stop I make also. If the battery is smaller than the box, there needs to be some means to keep it from moving around in there. A full mounting plate is a good idea too.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:47 PM   #3
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........If the battery is smaller than the box, there needs to be some means to keep it from moving around in there. A full mounting plate is a good idea too.

Right, batteries really need to be mounted down. The slamming is hard on the innards.
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And in this case it was hard on the box too!
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And in this case it was hard on the box too!
Ah.........yea!
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All you have to do is place a piece of wood in the battery box bottom, it will spread the weight a lot easier than welding. Get a new group 27 box and install the wood, after drilling some small holes in the box bottom for drainage. You can then attach the box to the frame thru the wood, it should be secure. Then when you get a new battery, you will be set.
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