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Old 12-22-2014, 10:40 AM   #11
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Well I can tell you a little. I lived on a sail boat had 4 D-8's and a exhaust fan that was in the engine room. The fan was really quite, Never knew it was on but the gasses eat up my wiring down there, not knowing it was out. Yes stupid of me but it happened. Didn't realize it until I pulled the shut off for my 50 hp diesel. The corrosion eat my wire. Then I discovered all the electrical wires going, cost quite a lot to repair from a cheap inline fan going out. Granted had alot more gasses then a 27 group but I have seen what can happen and it is even against the I think it's called RVI. The group who sets standards that theses RV people are suppose to follow. Just plan safer but that's just me.....

Yep, RVIA mandates the vent be in place. Interesting about your experience. Glad I didn't experience that!
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:31 AM   #12
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So, continuing this dilemma with the battery compartment.

On the opposite side (street side) of the 340 is an identical battery box compartment next to the front leg.

This is for an additional battery as an option but if you dont use it for that, then you have an empty wasted space. I dont know why you would want a battery on the opposite side anyway. Not a good use of space IMO.

I wanted to put a power cord reel in there but I cant find one small enough. Also considered a storage box but I cant find anything off the shelf so it looks like something will need to be fabricated.

Has anyone put this space to good use?

I dont understand why FR put the power cord reel on the other side (curb) of the storage compartment, makes no sense.

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Old 02-19-2015, 08:37 AM   #13
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My second battery will be located there according to Bob. Now sure how they do it. Maybe they put a floor in the compartment to accomodate the second battery box. As to the cord reel, I think placement is model specific. My 395 will have it on the drivers side according to the pics and video I've seen on the net.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:32 PM   #14
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We put some hanger in the compartment for our water hoses to hang on. Built a box out of waterproof plywood for sewer connections to lay in. As far as the cord reel, on our 395 it wasn't mounted anywhere until the dealer asked where we wanted it, which was curb side, drivers side.
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I cut a piece of plywood to make a "floor" for that space, and all my "dirty" stuff gets stored in there--black tank toolbox with all the fittings and connectors, my 2 packs of Lynx levelers, spare rope, some other assorted stuff. Seemed like a good idea at the time...
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:24 AM   #16
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Here is the location of my power cord reel, on the curb side. I guess they chose this location because of space. On the other side (street/driver) there is less space, the Hyd jack control panel is on the front wall and on the back wall (behind it) is where the water heater and bypass valves are at. In order to get to the bypass valve I have to take the entire one piece panel off. I plan on putting an access cover in that panel to make it easier to get to the valves. So I would rather not block it my moving the reel to that side/end.

I appreciate the input, I am leaning towards making a plywood floor and use as a storage area.

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I cut a piece of plywood to make a "floor" for that space, and all my "dirty" stuff gets stored in there--black tank toolbox with all the fittings and connectors, my 2 packs of Lynx levelers, spare rope, some other assorted stuff. Seemed like a good idea at the time...
This is exactly what I would do if I didn't have the second battery there.
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Getting back to the safety aspect of venting batteries. Anytime a typical battery is in an over-current condition; either by charging or discharging, a certain amount of hydrogen and oxygen is released (hydrogen and oxygen gases are being separated or split out of the water). If in extreme over-current and off gassing condition, if you add a spark, the potential of a battery or compartment explosion is there. And, since hydrogen is lighter than air venting from the bottom only, doesn't do much good. Everything connected to the battery must be properly fused, goes without saying. Corrosion that we see, is caused by sulphuric acid fumes escaping. This is also more of a problem when over-charging or over-loading the battery (ies). Proper maintenance is needed. Batteries should be inspected cleaned, filled, monitored / measured, and connections checked every month. A confined space battery compartment needs to be vented.

Did you know: When new, a deep-cycle battery may have a capacity of 70 percent or less. Formatting as part of field use will gradually increase performance. Apply a gentle load for the first five cycles to allow a new battery to format. (and increase its performance)

Constant charging with light loads will decrease performance and life. There is a reason it is called deep-CYCLE. The cycle is discharge, then charge.
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I'm a newb, but why would the power cord reel be curbside? That doesn't make any sense at all.
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I'm a newb, but why would the power cord reel be curbside? That doesn't make any sense at all.
On some models there is not enough room on the road side. It could be put on the road side but then there would not be enough room for storage. Lesser of two evils
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