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I have been working on installing the American Adventure Labs Battery/Compressor bracket so I removed the cargo floor several times. Each time there is condensation under it on the right side, none on the left side. I have observed this 3 times, each time I wipe it up. It does not look like a leak and I cannot find water anywhere else. Has anyone else noticed this? Is this typical and or a problem? This is a 22 Badlands 4 door, the weather has been lows in the 30-40s and highs in the 50s with rain, typical Seattle weather.

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Yes sir...I wound up pulling the plastic cargo tub, went to Ace & picked up rubber weather stripping. Ran that along the cut out, re-seated tub...no issues since. Check the sheet metal profile, probably wavey
 

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Yeah. That bin is just bolted in to the tub and there is nothing below it but the muffler. In other words, its wide open to the bottom of your vehicle. @smiths65 is dead on - put some type of gasket under the plastic bin - it comes out with just those bolts removed.

Is it rainy/snowy there?
 
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Thanks for the input! I will take a look and add some extra sealing material to see if that corrects the issue. @Theherofails Yes, definitely rainy in Seattle, we have snow on the ground right now as well.
 

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Noticed this condensation on mine recently too. Not good.
 
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I wonder if in 10-20 years we see a bunch of Broncos with rust in this area.
 

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I was extremely disappointed to see that, too....even after pulling the drain plug. So I totally re-did the rear cover and built it up 4" to level the floor and used hard material instead of rubbery....discovered the same in my trucks in the past with bed liners, they suck moisture and hold it, causing rust....right on the box/frame bolts!
 

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I wonder if in 10-20 years we see a bunch of Broncos with rust in this area.
It also might be a good idea to ceramic coat that area on top of adding that weather seal. I'm heading out to Mammoth Lakes next Saturday so I'll just coat it real quick and check for condensation when I'm up there after a day or two. I don't want to find oxidized aluminum or rust in the future.
 

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I thought all vehicles did this to some extent...
 

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It also might be a good idea to ceramic coat that area on top of adding that weather seal. I'm heading out to Mammoth Lakes next Saturday so I'll just coat it real quick and check for condensation when I'm up there after a day or two. I don't want to find oxidized aluminum or rust in the future.
Any surface coating would do. Or clear coat, WD-40, etc.

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Any surface coating would do. Or clear coat, WD-40, etc.

"Ceramic" unlocks the delicate flower of your wallet, it doesn't cure cancer.
I opted for ceramic since I already have some handy, but you could also use car wax. Something that is water repellant so it doesn't oxidize. WD-40 doesn't last that long as a protectant and is more of a solvent. A clear coat would probably be the best so it's one and done.
 
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I thought all vehicles did this to some extent...
I would guess this happens to some degree, there has got to be places where the cold from the outside causes the warm/moist interior air to condensate. having said that this is the first time I have seen it. I would guess how much, if it can pool and if there is air circulation to dissipate it would be a factor.
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