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Old 21 June 2011, 03:23   #1
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Fuel/ Battery storage

I recently became responsible for looking after a Bombard Explorer 5.5 the battery and fuel tank are stored under the seat one in front of the other. In my eyes not a good plan.theres plenty of storage room under the seat but no seperate compartments to put the battery in.
I suppose i could mount the tank externaly under the engine but it seems a wast to let all that space under the seat go virtualy unused. has anyone any thoughts on the subject.
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Old 21 June 2011, 03:32   #2
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Having batteries and fuel tanks (or hoses) in the same space is very common, but that is not to say it is a good idea.

I would say you are doing the right thing in looking at the options.
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Old 21 June 2011, 04:19   #3
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It's not really a problem in my view so long as there is no build up of fuel vapour and a spark at the same time. If you ever need to disconnect the battery then make sure you move the fuel tank well away first. Perhaps an improvement would be to install a divider between the two and provide a vent for the fuel tank side.
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Whren you say "unsder the seat" is it an enclosed space as huinted at i nthe other rplies, or a bit like the oldschool Avon / Humber consoles where the fuel tank slides into a huge hole in the side of the jockey?

Even without the battery there, if it's enclosed I'd be looking at venting it anyway.
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Thanks for all your help i think a partition and vent may be the way forward
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My old Humber was like that, never was happy with the idea either but when I first got it the breather was leaking so after the first run out with a completely full tank the battery was covered with petrol which didn't make for a comfortable ride home! Needless to say it was fixed and well vented before I used it again, but it never did strike me as a great idea. I found out afterwards (on here I think) that the battery in the Destroyer console was supposed to be in the front of the console and not where it was, though I never got around to moving it.
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