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Old 07-28-2015, 08:25 AM   #1
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Exclamation Battery Doors- Help

Hi Guys,

Stripped down to the floor and found significant water damage in the front. Looks to me that the source is the holes at the bottom of the access doors. Is there a gasket or piece missing on these? Both show daylight. See attached photos.

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Old 07-28-2015, 08:34 AM   #2
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Sorry I cannot upload the photos for some reason. But I am talking about the 2 holes beneath each door that allow cables to pass through I'm guessing??
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:36 PM   #3
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:21 AM   #4
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What you are missing is the whole battery box. Regular batteries must be vented to the outside not the inside of the trailer. There is a plastic box that mounts to the battery door. The holes in the door are for ventilation and drainage. The battery wires pass thru gromets in the box that seal the unit. This compatment is sealed from the inside of the trailer. I just put a second one in my Sovereign. The missing box will let tons of water into the trailer and the floor will be ruined.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:32 AM   #5
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Old 08-02-2015, 03:32 AM   #6
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I did the same as astrocaver, 2nd battery box. Zestream1, you are definitely missing thr inner battery box, as stated by astrocaver. A. W. Warn is giving you a great source for the box, and a great price also.
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Those vent/drain openings are also a good place for critters to get in. I used a piece of fiberglass furnace filter to block the openings to mice, lizards, and bugs. That still allows ventilation and water flow.
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Note that there are two different battery boxes, depending on the year of your coach. You want the "77-81" box for your 77.

Check around on price plus shipping for your best deal.

Here's some cool detail on replacing the box.

Note that you must use either stainless steel screws or aluminum Olympic rivets, or we will all talk smack about you.
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