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Installing shore power in a Hawk shell model with furnace option

Hawk shell shore power battery vent hole

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#1 sbollish



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Posted 09 January 2021 - 10:30 PM

I am in the process of installing solar and battery charger upgrades including lithium battery in my new 2020 hawk shell.  I purchased the propane heater option with no propane stove.  I would like to install shore power as well and while pondering the prospect of drilling a large hole in the side of the camper, I noticed the nice 2 1/4th inch diameter holes conveniently already drilled into the top and bottom of the battery box, extending outside to the battery vent covers.  I understand that these vents are required, in case someone were to install flooded lead acid batteries that outgas flammable (potentially explosive) hydrogen gas.  From what I understand, outgassing is not an issue with AGM or Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries.


My question is this...

Since I never plan to use batteries the outgas, would it be safe and not unreasonable to use one of these battery vent holes for a shore power connection? My plan would be to install a 110 volt power distribution box with circuit breaker(s) inside the battery box.


I greatly appreciate any advice you can provide. 

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#2 MaverickMTB



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Posted 09 January 2021 - 10:41 PM

That’s sound logic in my book. I would do the same.
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#3 larryqp


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Posted 10 January 2021 - 02:11 PM

I used one of those holes to do exactly that, the RV plug fit perfectly. I have 2 AGM batteries so no out gassing, I also covered the other hole with tape from the inside.

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#4 Adventurebound


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Posted 10 January 2021 - 04:39 PM

Second that on also using that hole. Although I did relocate my battery out of that box. For the plug itself, use this. It fits in the hole perfectly and provides a weather tight exterior recepticale.

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#5 UmkaAndHawk


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Posted 11 January 2021 - 04:55 PM

I did exactly this for my shore power hook up and it was blessed by local RMFWC in Colorado. 

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