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Old 05-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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Battery holddown straps

Original straps with metal buckles corroded so badly and quickly that I replaced them with straps having nylon (or some sort of plastic) buckles. Within a few days the new buckles dissolved. WTF???

Anyone has a source of battery straps that won't corrode/dissolve in a short time??

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Old 05-19-2013, 08:33 PM   #2
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Original straps with metal buckles corroded so badly and quickly that I replaced them with straps having nylon (or some sort of plastic) buckles. Within a few days the new buckles dissolved. WTF???

Anyone has a source of battery straps that won't corrode/dissolve in a short time??

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Didn't use straps on my tt. Made a T bar that went between them and bolted under the tray with a nut on it and a padlock.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:16 AM   #3
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Didn't use straps on my tt. Made a T bar that went between them and bolted under the tray with a nut on it and a padlock.

Thanks Old Coot...... I'll have to stick with the straps, since my bats just fit in a slide out tray (without cases). Looks good on your TT though....

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Old 05-20-2013, 11:23 AM   #4
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Installed a Pro-fill watering system and now no more corroded hooks on battery straps. I may habe been over filling batteries, who knows but no more corroded hooks.
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Hey Boo, I use a small ratcheting (cargo) strap that I’ve cut down to fit around the battery so it’s not so long. I haven’t had any corroding issues, yet.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:06 PM   #6
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Original straps with metal buckles corroded so badly and quickly that I replaced them with straps having nylon (or some sort of plastic) buckles. Within a few days the new buckles dissolved. WTF???

Anyone has a source of battery straps that won't corrode/dissolve in a short time??

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Sounds like you have some excess leakage coming from somewhere. Your straps should work fine if there is no leakage. I would do a good cleaning of the batteries and use a solution of Baking Soda in water to neutralize any acid on the batteries. After cleaning, I would examine carefully for a leak or an overfill.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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boo,
you should purchase some of these and put them anywhere there is exposed metal on the floor of the compartment and under the battery slide in the battery compartment. I use these and I also put 1.5 oz of mineral oil in each cell. The corrosion is almost non-existant now.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:19 PM   #8
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you should purchase some of these and put them anywhere there is exposed metal on the floor of the compartment and under the battery slide in the battery compartment. I use these and I also put 1.5 oz of mineral oil in each cell. The corrosion is almost non-existant now.
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Tom, are 4 of those pads enough to cover the entire tray??

And thanks to all for the suggestions. The funny thing is that the chassis batts are extremely clean and dry, but the house batts give me trouble.

I have removed the house batts and sprayed the bottom of the compartment with rubberized paint. That seems to have stopped the metal corrosion at least for now. There is always a little moisture on top of all four batts when I open the compartment.

While I've never seen any liquid on (or even near) the buckles, they corrode (or dissolve) anyhow. I thought the only vapor that came off the batts was pure hydrogen and while highly explosive it was not corrosive.

IMHO, all four bats should be totally dry on top..... Yet, I've never seen them that way, yet.

Thanks everybody....

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Boo,
I would get 6 pads. 4 for under the battery tray and 2 to cut up and put along the sides of the tray.
They work really well.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:16 PM   #10
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Installed a Pro-fill watering system and now no more corroded hooks on battery straps. I may have been over filling batteries, who knows but no more corroded hooks.
I'm going to check that out too..... Just ordered 6 of the pads that Tom suggested. Also, going to use two of those ratcheting cargo straps and spray the **** out of them with that pink corrosion retardant.

Also, going to see if I can figure out the REAL problem and treat THAT instead of just the symptom.

Some batteries (like in my toad) are always perfect, but others always seem to be prone to problems of this sort. Don't know the difference unless I've got tiny cracks in the cases or something like that.....\

Thanks to ALL who've responded.

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