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Old 05-15-2006, 10:32 PM   #1
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Safe Question

i see that some people have there batteries under the bed.Either there made to be put there or they moved them there.Well hubby wants to put all of ours under the bed along with the power converter.But am worried cause my kids sleep in those bed and i know that battiers can leak and can explod.What do you all think....

I told him lost night that if he did he would be sleeping in that bed...and not my babies...that stuff just scares me to death.I hate them even being in the camper at all....
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:29 PM   #2
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if the batteries are cared for and looked after then they will be fine. Batteries rarely explode. The gas from charging can ignite. This is why they have vented battery boxes make sure the vents are clear.

My batteries are under my couch.
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:40 PM   #3
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if the batteries are cared for and looked after then they will be fine. Batteries rarely explode. The gas from charging can ignite. This is why they have vented battery boxes make sure the vents are clear.

My batteries are under my couch.
So if they was under there to begin with. then they wouldn't be properly ventilated then. so he need to leave them be right?
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Old 05-16-2006, 01:16 AM   #4
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hello angel73,

You only need to make sure that the batteries are installed in vented boxes,markdoan had a link to the boxes you need ,or your hubby can fabricate some if he wants,although ready made would be more convenient.
If they were there originally they may not have a vented box .Put some in ,safer,vented to the outside and your peace of mind ,very important.

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Old 05-16-2006, 08:33 AM   #5
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So if they was under there to begin with. then they wouldn't be properly ventilated then. so he need to leave them be right?
Hi Angel,

Another option is to get a set of AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries. They are sealed and do not gas under normal operation, last longer and hold their charge better, and you NEVER have to add water! They are more expensive, but IMHO, well worth it! Look at the Lifeline brand www.lifeline.com
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:43 AM   #6
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The battery on my 75 is also under the bed on the curbside twin.
Directly under my head actually.
I've never been worried about it causing any problems though I do hear the hum of the power converter which is also there.
I don't think you need to worry. Millions and millions of batterys out there and though we've all heard of one exploding here or there it was usually while someone was trying to jump start a car and hooked it up wrong.
Your kids are safe.
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Sleeping on top of batteries

I had the same sort of question and markdoane provided me with the following link:

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...xes-vented.htm

IMHO, there are lots of things that once were considered safe (think asbestos, lead paint, mercury) that time and experience have taught us otherwise. That is how I view a charging battery in a living space; probably won't kill you but it can.

Our Tradewind has the battery under the midships bed. I want to leave it there to avoid the pain of rewiring the charger-to-battery-to-loads circuits. For 30 bucks and a couple of hours, it brings peace of mind.


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I had the same sort of question and markdoane provided me with the following link:

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...xes-vented.htm

IMHO, there are lots of things that once were considered safe (think asbestos, lead paint, mercury) that time and experience have taught us otherwise. That is how I view a charging battery in a living space; probably won't kill you but it can.

Our Tradewind has the battery under the midships bed. I want to leave it there to avoid the pain of rewiring the charger-to-battery-to-loads circuits. For 30 bucks and a couple of hours, it brings peace of mind.


Cheap in my book.
Thanks,if you bought one? Am i correct it only hold one battier...Hes wanting to put all three of our under the bed in the rear and link them together
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I only have one battery and have one of the boxes on order. Markdoane also provided the following link. This outfit seems to carry a wide assortment of box sizes.
http://www.alliedbattery.com/boxes.htm

Hope this helps.

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The battery boxes on my 84 are sealed so that no gas can leak to the inside of the trailer.
Lead acid batteries produce hydrogen gas when charging or discharging. The more power that is drawn from then or the harder they charge, the more hydrogen is produced.

All that is required is to vent the boxes to the outside air and all will be safe.
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I think the correct link is
http://www.lifelinebatteries.com/
...although the medical site might have some interesting info too...

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