Homemade Battery Box

themanfromvan

Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds
Jul 31, 2004
2,108
Van, Pennsylvania
I am curious if anyone here has ever made their own battery box? If so, what did you construct it out of? Wood? Metal?

And, yes, I am fully aware that I can go to WalMart and get a plastic battery box for 15 bucks. I've already been through about three of those pieces of junk.

Pictures - if you have 'em - are appreciated. Thanks in advance !!
 

kitphantom

Super Active Member
Platinum Supporting Member
Dec 26, 2009
13,541
Albuquerque, NM
We've not had issues with the plastic battery boxes. When we switched to the dual 6v batteries, it would have been handy to change to the diamond plate double (& locking) box we found, but it didn't fit on our TT.
If we had to make one of our own for some reason, I think we'd probably use diamond plate. Wood would need a lot of treatment to protect it not only from the weather, but from any possible water and battery spills.We once found water 2" up on the battery in one box, after a heavy rain. Turned out the runoff from the camper drained directly into the vent on the lid.
 

mstrbill

Active Member
Mar 17, 2013
696
Austin , Texas
I've already been through about three of those pieces of junk.
What's breaking them? Rocks kicked up by the TV? I had a Walmart one on my Bayport. 12 years later when I sold the Bayport, the box still unbroken.

You probably get a Marine one at West Marine or use something like an Rubber Maid action packer.
 

mstrbill

Active Member
Mar 17, 2013
696
Austin , Texas
Yes, the sun does cause deterioration of the strap. Replacements are readily available, or you make your own from webbing and a buckle. I take my off and store it when home.
 

nineoaks2004

Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday
Oct 15, 2006
8,242
Dukes, Fl
I have Wally World boxes in my boat, MH and TT, never had any problems with any of them.
As stated if the straps go bad a bungee works well too. Come to think about it I have never had a strap break. Good Luck and Happy Camping
 




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