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Old 09-07-2016, 08:33 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I have a 1968 26' Airstream Overlander that has the battery inside the back lift door. I was told that the battery should be on the outside and up by the front propane tanks, and that that's where it should have been, originally, when it came from the factory? Everything looks wired in correctly and it all still looks original, so I'm a bit stumped.
I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the dos and don'ts of the battery location, and/or if I should consider relocating it?

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Old 09-07-2016, 02:34 PM   #2
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The battery was originally located in the back hatch area next to the toilet. If you are concerned about fumes, buy a battery box and vent it outside the trailer.

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Old 09-07-2016, 02:54 PM   #3
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My 1966 Airstream had the battery in the back compartment as well. There was a tube that vented to the outside of the back of the trailer for fumes to exit.
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:26 PM   #4
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Wet cell batteries will generate hydrogen, and thus they are usually kept outside, or in an exterior hatch that is fairly well sealed off from the interior of the trailer. If you replace your wet cell with an AGM sealed battery, then this problem essentially goes away. Another best practice is to not put things that could generate a spark, like your converter, in the same enclosed compartment with your battery (assuming your batery is outgasing hydrogen.

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Old 09-08-2016, 06:24 AM   #5
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Thank you!
I'm not exactly sure what type of battery it is, but I'll check once I get out there, today. I am building it its own box/cabinet, so hopefully it'll be fine either way.
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