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Old 08-08-2011, 11:15 AM   #29
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One of the "rationalizations" I used for changing out the Interstate's.

The Lifelines will eliminate the chance of a spill when servicing and removing for Winter storage. That was an important consideration taking into account the very cramped compartments in the Classic.

The dangers of battery acid is well known and I don't think anyone here is minimizing that fact. If you have a wet cell with caps please follow all safety precautions. (especially proper venting and the dangers of overcharging)

In my case I have two applications where I have a choice in how I service and test. (6v in Ford 12v marine in boat), the hydrometer, multi-meter and load-tester are all good tools for those purposes.

Remember the old adage....the more tools the better.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:27 PM   #30
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Battery issues

Let me weigh in on this discussion one last time. I have lost many a good pair of jeans to acid over the years hauling batteries out of vehicles and wiping tools clean without much thought. Now I much more careful. But by far and away the most dangerous thing on the trailer is the awning and a close second is the steps. Put them together and it is positively lethal.

The PO almost broke his neck while balancing on the open end of a 5 gal bucket showing me how to open the awning. I one up this in the dark of night running to secure the brace by the rear, I took the steps full on the shin. 3 months latter my leg still shows the scar red and tender and it ranks as the most painful experience in recent memory. Point is the most advertized dangerous things in life (acid) are always trumped by stupidity and carelessness with the more mundane. IMHO
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