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Old 08-06-2007
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As long as the batteries are in a battery box, I don't see it being a major issue. A small ventilator would help keep the compartment well-ventilated, which would prevent the buildup of hydrogen gas, and help keep the temperatures lower, which helps the alternator and other engine accessories work better and last longer. Batteries are often stored in engine compartments and isn't really a problem.
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