Why did the po use wood in the battery box?

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  1. sarrattseptic

    sarrattseptic Bobtail Member

    I removed my batteries to charge them at home and the previous owner had a number of pieces of wood in the box. They had been there for years. They were between the four group 31 batteries (one box on each side of the truck).

    My first thought was to throw the wood away, but I suspect these are here for a reason.

    Cooling?

    Lift the battery out of water?

    The first pic is the driver's side battery box. I don't have a pic of the wood; it was just some some cut 2x8. Ignore the white pvc pipe in the picture; it just happened to be laying on the box.

    The passenger side battery box is shown with the metal lid (under the shovel).

     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2021
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Probably 2 reasons; to keep the batteries from moving and to prevent galvanic corrosion which is caused from dissimilar metals coming in contact with each other.
     
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  4. Lazer

    Lazer Heavy Load Member

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    More than likely, when this truck was new there was ‘hold down brackets’ to prevent the batteries from bouncing around.
     
  5. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Batteries are heavy. A lot of battery boxes are made out of thin material. A piece of wood under the batteries helps distribute the weight of the batteries.
     
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  6. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Also acts as a vibration dampener and electrical insulator, rubber would be better, but wood is easier to find
     
  7. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Rubber is definitely better. Our mechanic favors old pieces of mudflap or conveyor belting.
     
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  8. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    How is the metal in the bottom of said box?
     
  9. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    Lots of older trucks used wood box floor and battery seperators from the factory. Just like many had plywood cab floors. They actually rotted less then the aluminum and steel ones. Battery acids will eat thru aluminum pretty quickly even if the batts or sitting on rubber mats.

    Frieghtliner stiil had plywood battery box floors on some of their models up to 2003. Our bussiness class trucks did.
     
  10. Rideandrepair

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    I use a big thick
    Mudflap. And a small ratchet strap. Old hold downs alway get corroded and make changing batteries a hassle. A piece of rubber or old memory foam between them doesn’t hurt. Spacing seems to keep them in place, firmly on the bottom. A small piece of wood on top in the middle of both helps also.
     
  11. sarrattseptic

    sarrattseptic Bobtail Member

    Thank you! I don't know. I did not think of that.

    I will lift out the pan which is on the bottom of the battery box.
     
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