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Old 05-23-2013, 06:46 AM   #15
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Where are your batteries now? Mine are in the front on both sides. I bought replacement plastic boxes for mine and everything seems to be leak free. Pulled the trailer in the rain a few times and no leaks. 30+ years is not bad for a plastic box.

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:14 AM   #16
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@crispyboy, great pics! Thanks for sharing. Mine are in the front, inside, one on each side not in a box. I would like to mount them outside in a box for access ease and more space inside.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:26 AM   #17
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You mean you don't have an access box from the outside? Like this one, if you don't have these then an outdoor box would be the best.

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:30 AM   #18
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You mean you don't have an access box from the outside? Like this one, if you don't have these then an outdoor box would be the best.

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Yes, I do have an access door, but it is not in good shape. I put new gasket, but it still doesn't seal well and that is where a good bit of my floor damage was.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:37 AM   #19
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The door is not supposed to seal. There should be a plastic box on the inside. The door is vented and will leak like mad if there is no inner box on the inside. Here is what you need.

Plastic Battery Box for 1977 thru 1981 200276 [200276] - $34.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!

When the box is installed properly, you can hose out the interior of the box and no leaks.

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:44 AM   #20
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The door is not supposed to seal. There should be a plastic box on the inside. The door is vented and will leak like mad if there is no inner box on the inside. Here is what you need.

Plastic Battery Box for 1977 thru 1981 200276 [200276] - $34.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!

When the box is installed properly, you can hose out the interior of the box and no leaks.

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Oh, ok, I understand now. It is nice to see original. Not clear in my manual. What about the other battery? The manual shows another one on the other side, but no door.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:03 AM   #21
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The reason they leak is because the caulk gets old, dried out and the weight of the battery causes flexing where the inner box meets the skin. The boxes are caulked both on the interior and exterior.
Of the 3 trailers I have owned two have had rotten floors due to battery box leaks and the third was stained from leaking. A few more years of leaking and the floor would have been too far gone.
Does your trailer have one or two battery boxes? You can add a second one but you will have to acquire an access door and black battery box. Just realize that it has the potential to leak over time. You would also need to remove the interior skin to install the box to caulk up the inside.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:13 PM   #22
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Well nothing wrong with moving them but I thought she should understand how they are supposed to work. The originals are sealed with that white putty stuff that cracks and lets water in. I cleaned all that mess off and used Trempro-635. Not a bad idea to support the bottom of the box with a wedge of wood to help them not crack.

My 30 year old boxes were just starting to come apart. The aftermarket ones seem to be heavier than the originals.

If you remove the door you will have to make some sort of patch to cover the hole. Your trailer may have only had one battery or one may have been taken out. If you remove the center wall section you can see the power buss where the batteries hook in. I only use one battery because I don't boondock. We just need enough juice so the water pump runs and we can pee while traveling if we run across some scary bathrooms.

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:24 PM   #23
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Don't forget the battery is where power comes from for BRAKES in event of need for emergency brakes on trailer.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:50 AM   #24
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My battery box was trashed as well so I just cut it out with my HF multi tool. I then built an aluminum box/frame to rivet to the inside of the original battery box opening and designed it to allow water runoff and ventilation. Caulked it all the way around. Then I built a battery box (as seen in the pix below). Shown without the sealed lid on it of course. Plenty of ventilation. I also made an aluminum screen panel for the inside of the opening to prevent critters from entering. The box will hold up to 3 batteries. Plenty of clearance for taller ones. I also have plastic bins that the batteries sit in. Took about a day to complete.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:27 AM   #25
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I really like all the ideas I have gotten from this thread. Great thread. You all are making it hard to decide which way I fix my battery situation. :-)
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If you make the box, make it tall enough for golf cart batteries. Two of them in series to give you 12 volts will make a much superior battery system than any two 12 volt batteries in parallel. It has been my standard RV battery setup for years.
This is the route I'm taking. I'm going to be adding solar to be able to be off grid without generator. And for optimal charging, the batteries have to be close to the controller. The closer the better. I'll have 2 6volt golf cart batteries. And very thick welding cable for the cabling.
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I would love to have solar, but it won't be this refurbishment go round. Maybe someday down the road.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:58 AM   #28
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How do you keep water from coming in the unsealed door and flooding your wooden box? I am assuming the door is only used as a vent and not to load and unload the batteries?

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My battery box was trashed as well so I just cut it out with my HF multi tool. I then built an aluminum box/frame to rivet to the inside of the original battery box opening and designed it to allow water runoff and ventilation. Caulked it all the way around. Then I built a battery box (as seen in the pix below). Shown without the sealed lid on it of course. Plenty of ventilation. I also made an aluminum screen panel for the inside of the opening to prevent critters from entering. The box will hold up to 3 batteries. Plenty of clearance for taller ones. I also have plastic bins that the batteries sit in. Took about a day to complete.
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