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Old 10-19-2015, 10:03 AM   #11
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Where is your WDH bar attachments?
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:13 PM   #12
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Where is your WDH bar attachments?
I don't have any. :-/ My TV is a 2009 BMW X5 with the self-leveling suspension and BMW does not allow use of a WDH. So, when the trailer is attached, the Trailer Stability control system is activated. This measures vehicle yaw and loads and prevents trailer sway via the DSC (dynamic Stability Control) system. I have towed the length of AL encountering trucks and crosswinds and have never had a "white knuckle" moment. I typically cruise in the slow lane doing 65 mph with short bursts to 70 mph to pass slower vehicles.

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Old 10-29-2015, 01:57 PM   #13
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Here are some pics of in progress and finished product. Came out pretty good. I wanted battery in middle of the space, but it interferes with the gas strut on the lid. Decided to sacrifice the lid by cutting a notch out of it.

Pic 1: formerly bright aluminum diamond plate primed and sprayed with bedliner in a can. Also shows battery vent installed.

Pic 2: Inside after mounting - put some sticky rubber roof membrane under the U-bolt fasteners to seal them up a bit. Can also see inside view of the vent.

Pic 3: Shows battery box install and the PVC plumbing connection used as a grommet.

Pic 4: Close up of PVC grommet.

Pic 5: Batter box installed. You can't really see the slit I cut into the lid, but it's there. You can just barely see the battery cut-off - I left it where it was (mounted to the side of the battery box lid) for now - may eventually move to the wall of the toolbox.

Pic 6: final shot of installed product with all wiring reconnected and (confirmed by the outdoor light being on) working once again.

Lessons learned:
1. Prime well!
2. Would've been nice to have something that didn't block light from the outdoor light, but that wasn't really in the cards. May install a light inside the box in the future - obviously have easy access to power!!
3. I may eventually line the bottom with a piece of plywood, as that aluminum is pretty thin. Not too much weight in there, but I think it'd be good insurance.
4. Not as much fit in there as I had thought, but it still a big help in terms of additional outdoor storage space which is at a premium on most TTs.

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Old 10-29-2015, 02:41 PM   #14
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Beats my extra plastic battery box with cheap HF tools... 😎


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Old 01-31-2016, 12:47 PM   #15
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I have a couple possibly dumb questions:


why does the battery box need a drain hole?


is the plywood for the batter to sit on in the battery box or the battery box to sit on in the tool box?
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No dumb question.
Battery box drain - isn't a drain. It is an air vent to allow gases from the battery to escape.
Plywood - I haven't installed any yet, but if I did it would be across the entire bottom of the box, including underneath the battery box. Simply to add strength to the thin metal.
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:19 AM   #17
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Yes battery boxes do need a drain hole.
The lids are vented and rain gets inside.
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In my case, it is only for gas escape as the battery box is inside the toolbox. But, point taken in general.
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Old 02-01-2016, 04:26 PM   #19
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My install has no drain in the battery box as it is also in the tool box, no rain can get in. I put plywood all across the bottom of the tool box to add strength. I did not vent the tool box as I have the hole for the wires to pass thru in the middle of the box down low and the sides of the box are slotted for mounting the box to the bed rails of a pickup.
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Yes battery boxes do need a drain hole.
The lids are vented and rain gets inside.
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