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Old 09-03-2013, 11:01 AM   #381
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how about over one of the kitchen windows on the drivers side?
That way you could always open a window when it's raining for ventilation?
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:39 PM   #382
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how about over one of the kitchen windows on the drivers side?
That way you could always open a window when it's raining for ventilation?
thats a good idea, i think i will look into the drivers side for the small awning.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:51 AM   #383
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That is the first school bus I have seen that actually has a battery hold down
My '89 B700 had one... Real pain in the butt, too, I threw it away because I didn't plan on moving the thing for a good long while.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:52 AM   #384
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Battery posts and terminals look awfully dirty and oxidized. Clean them out first because they put a high resistance on the electrical path.
Probably late to the party with this one, but Coca-Cola does wonders for this... Pour liberally over the posts and watch it fizz up...
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:56 AM   #385
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Re: 87 Wayne Lifeguard international S1700 CXXVI

I think I know why your batteries were having trouble charging...

BIG no-no. NEVER put a battery on the ground. I learned from a couple guys I worked the parts counter with at Auto Zone that putting automotive-type batteries on the ground for any real length of time does something to discharge them, sometimes permanently. ESPECIALLY if on concrete. Not sure why.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:45 AM   #386
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BIG no-no. NEVER put a battery on the ground. I learned from a couple guys I worked the parts counter with at Auto Zone that putting automotive-type batteries on the ground for any real length of time does something to discharge them, sometimes permanently. ESPECIALLY if on concrete. Not sure why.
I can't believe this tail still persists. It stopped being true when I was in my teens. Quote from one of many sites I did a search on. There is some thought that the concrete might cool it enough to make it "appear" discharged, but when warmed up all is well. Possibly, it you had a REALLY greasy, wet battery, then it may discharge using the wet as a path to the floor.

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Car batteries used to be encased in hard rubber, a substance that was porous enough that battery acid could seep through it and create a conductive path through the damp concrete, draining the battery. The cases of todayís batteries, however, are made of sturdier stuff that far better contains their contents than those of yesteryear. As well, time has brought technological improvements to the seals around the posts and the vent systems.
Another and cleaner way to clean corrosion from a battery is a paste made from baking soda and water. Keep applying until it stops fizzing.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #387
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Nice score on the awnings!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:03 AM   #388
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BIG no-no. NEVER put a battery on the ground. I learned from a couple guys I worked the parts counter with at Auto Zone that putting automotive-type batteries on the ground for any real length of time does something to discharge them, sometimes permanently. ESPECIALLY if on concrete. Not sure why.
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I can't believe this tail still persists. It stopped being true when I was in my teens. Quote from one of many sites I did a search on. There is some thought that the concrete might cool it enough to make it "appear" discharged, but when warmed up all is well. Possibly, it you had a REALLY greasy, wet battery, then it may discharge using the wet as a path to the floor.
Trouble is, there seems to be some truth to it... I have had several go dead from sitting on the ground. I wouldn't have believed it, much less said anything, if I hadn't seen it myself. Food for thought...
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Nice score on the awnings!!

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BIG no-no. NEVER put a battery on the ground. I learned from a couple guys I worked the parts counter with at Auto Zone that putting automotive-type batteries on the ground for any real length of time does something to discharge them, sometimes permanently. ESPECIALLY if on concrete. Not sure why.
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I can't believe this tail still persists. It stopped being true when I was in my teens. Quote from one of many sites I did a search on. There is some thought that the concrete might cool it enough to make it "appear" discharged, but when warmed up all is well. Possibly, it you had a REALLY greasy, wet battery, then it may discharge using the wet as a path to the floor.
Trouble is, there seems to be some truth to it... I have had several go dead from sitting on the ground. I wouldn't have believed it, much less said anything, if I hadn't seen it myself. Food for thought...
thanks Cheese Wagon, that battery shone here was an old emergency lighting battery i got from work, but it wouldn't charge up. so i got rid of it. perhaps it came from sitting on the ground for so long
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