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Old 11-19-2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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08 SK 33 the top cover on the battery is sitting on loose, in fact, one end of the top cover has a clearance of 1/4 in.How muchisventing through the vent tubeto the outside, who knows.

I was insulating the front storage and I saw this opening between the front storage and the battery compartment and know that some of the battery venting must be into the front storage.Is this a standard thing? At this point I am not sure that I want to close the space with insulation,although I am not sure I want the gasses to get into front storage area as that gas may get upstairs, can someone steer me correctly?
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:39 AM   #2
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Both our battery boxes have straps that go around the box and keep the covers on tight. As far as the venting I would not worry about it to much unless you start smelling battery gases in the storage compartment. Ours has a vent to the outside and there is an opening that goes into the front storage compartment where the manual crankgoes throughfor the front jacks. Like I said, we have two 6 volts batteries and I have never smelled battery gases in the front storage area. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:15 AM   #3
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Ours does not have a strap around it so I will get one. We also vent to the outside, Did you have the opening between the compartments (at the front)if so did you insulate it shut?
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:25 AM   #4
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No open between the compartments on ours.
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Ours just sits on top of the battery as noted on the original post. I tried to move wires around but still has a gap. Will watch posting to see if I should get to work to secure it better.

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Old 11-19-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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Thanks, I will close it off, I hope nothing on the Kingston has changed to cause this opening.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:29 AM   #7
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Nothing to worry about. The hydogyn is very very light and will raise very fast and go thru the smallest areas to escape. I deal with Industrial batteries all day long, At any one time we have 20-30 BIG batteries charging and we were told that monitering would work as it escapes so fast.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:48 AM   #8
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gtoguy1967, thanks for the info. I have filled the opening, it is odd that HunterII does not have it.

geondebi, the way this lid is molded is without a relief for the wires to comeout, we do not have a good way to place a strap around the battery and pull the lid down, I don't know why they even put a lid on the battery.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:03 AM   #9
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John, these are the boxes our batteries are mounted in. The straps keep the lids on tight.





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Old 11-20-2009, 10:21 AM   #10
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HunterII thanks, thatis the box that was in our CrossRoads, lawn tractor and etc. I do not know where they got such a lid. I will need to change it to get the correct fit.

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:57 AM   #11
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Look at boat battery cases

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Here are the battery boxes in our CF30SK. They are for size 24 batteries. I drilled two large holes in the covers to vent any gases from the batteries. On the left of the battery compartment is the vent connection for the original battery box.



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Hamops:
Is that coil of wire with alligator clips used for hooking your battery charger to the batteries?


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Is that coil of wire with alligator clips used for hooking your battery charger to the batteries?


Nope! It's a 12V extension cord that I made upanduse to power a 12V Pony pump that I use to transfer fresh water from collapsible plastic water containers into the fresh water tank on the trailer. Inthe ProvincialParks, you only have electricityat the sites and you have to haul your water.

The batteries get charged from the converter.Edited by: Hamops
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:00 AM   #15
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George,

You should look into some of these SB 50 connectors If you bought three of them you could put your clips on the extra one. These would keep it safer for you.



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George,

You should look into some of these SB 50 connectors If you bought three of them you could put your clips on the extra one. These would keep it safer for you.



http://www.powertechnologysystems.co..._list&c=11


I understand what you're getting at but a 50amp connector is a bit of overkill for #14 wire. The Pony pump only draws about 3 amps. It would a real bear to solder pot the wire into the connector. If you are suggesting that I use the connectors to connect the batteries, then that'sa different kettle of fish. Edited by: Hamops
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:55 AM   #17
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They have smaller ones as well,,,



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I have been using the Anderson Powerpoles for several years. They work great. I solder my connections. Could not see using an expensive crimper.
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Thanks, for all the help I now have somethingto completethis project.

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I work for AT+T. In our offices we have huge banks of batteries for backup if we loose commercial power. Actually they are banks of individual cells. Each cell is about 3'x2'1.5'. There are 24 of these cells wired in series to make approximately 50 volts dc. In addition there are 2 of these banks of cells for additional redundancy and longer life. Relative to the size of the office, these cells take up a lot of room and weigh several tons! If a properly maintained battery gave off enough dangerous gasses to be a problem, I would be dead many times over! The only time a battery gives off significant amounts of hydrogen is when it is being recharged from a state of discharge. That is why you shouldn't take a chance of drawing an arc near a battery that is being recharged (ie connect to the discharged battery first before applying the charging current and disconnect from that same battery after the charging current is removed). Also there should never be any source of heat or flame near a charging battery.

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