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Old 01-12-2019, 08:27 PM   #1
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Easy Access to Maintain Vented Dual Batteries??

I have a 2016 Voltage 3305 that has dual batteries. They are placed in plastic bins with the top half of the bins screwed into the bottom half of the bins. The bins are fully enclosed with the exception of holes cut out for air vents to vent any toxic fumes and for holes to run the battery cables to the terminals. Given the interconnection of the cables between the two batteries and the air vents, it is somewhat difficult to get everything off to then check the cells for proper fill of distilled water. You can barely get a wrench in there to undo the cables from the terminals and there is no way to check the water without undoing all the cables so you can remove the top half of the bins. Wondering if someone has any simplifying ideas for current/future maintenance to avoid having to undo all the cables etc. to simply check for proper fluid levels. S/B a 10 min. job, but now probably an hour to unravel the mess of wires/vents and then put it back together.

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Old 01-12-2019, 08:53 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:33 PM   #3
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I have the same trailer and I just used one of the battery fillers after I took off the plastic enclosure lids and then popped off the caps on the batteries.

Something like this:


They have on Amazon too. They work great as they automatically stop filling when the cells are full.

Funny thing is I thought it would be much more difficult and time consuming but that filler makes life really easy.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:34 AM   #4
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They make automatic battery watering systems. I have re-routed cables and changed the hold downs to make mine easier to get to.

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