Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-21-2016, 01:25 PM   #11
Casino Camper
 
jughrad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: St Helens, Oregon
Posts: 125
Restcure,

Is that a Bike Rack? I have been considering one of those A-Frame bike mounts. I currently use the flip down cargo rack but I bottom out on my spare tire. If it is a bike rack, do you like it and about how much does it cost.
__________________

__________________
2016 Cherokee 264L
2013 GMC Sierra Denali
EAZ Lift 1000 WDH w/Sway Control
2016 Nights Camped: 24 Trips: 8
jughrad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2016, 02:35 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff from Burlington Ont View Post
I have a new Heritage Glen 368. Every time I leave the trailer in storage I make sure that all lights, inverter etc all all turned off. When I get back in about a week, the batteries are all run down. battery box


Any thoughts on a mod?
The drain on your batteries is most likely caused by your gas detector sensor.. it is hard wired into the system and there is no shut off..
You adding a battery switch is a good solution..
__________________

__________________
Clint...
2015 F350 4x4 gasser.. 2017 Rockwood 2506S
clintbonnie73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2016, 02:48 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 356
Quote:
Originally Posted by jughrad View Post
Restcure,

Is that a Bike Rack? I have been considering one of those A-Frame bike mounts. I currently use the flip down cargo rack but I bottom out on my spare tire. If it is a bike rack, do you like it and about how much does it cost.
Yes it is. It's made here in Canada by a company called Arvika. We loved it on our last trailer where the battery was in front of the propane tank.



We installed it on this one too, but with the tanks at the front it's more of a PITA.



The battery can't be removed with the support arms in the way and we have to remove the upper portion of the rack to open the front window cover.

Luckily, we bought a hitch adapter...




Next season we're planning to install a front receiver on our F150, and the bikes will travel there. It will also make for less interference if we're bringing bikes and kayaks on the same trip.

The rack as you see it was about CAD 700. Arvika's website is not easy to navigate (Racks for Cars' site looks much better). The installation instructions are marginal. But the assembly is intuitive and the components are excellent.

In the interests of returning this thread to its original topic, I'll stop the hijack here. I encourage you to PM me or check out the installation at Mods - Arvika Bike Rack.
__________________
Restcure (formerly JD and Beastlet)
2012 Rockwood Ultra-Lite 2701SS > ProPride 3P 1400 > 2013 F150 FX4 SC EB LB max tow 3.73s
John, Dawn, daughter Emily and Bella the camping kitty

illegitimi non carborundum
Restcure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2016, 02:55 PM   #14
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,174
Arvikas are hard to find in the US.
There are a couple of other tongue mounted bike racks that are cheaper than Arvika.
They work with 2" receiver bike racks.
CW carries one.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2016, 09:49 PM   #15
fx2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 428
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
Arvikas are hard to find in the US.
There are a couple of other tongue mounted bike racks that are cheaper than Arvika.
They work with 2" receiver bike racks.
CW carries one.

If I recall correctly (from when I looked 2 years ago so may be outdated) Amazon and etrailer carry them.
__________________
2014 Surveyor SC321BHTS
2016 Nissan Titan XD SL4x4 Cummins
fx2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2016, 10:24 PM   #16
Salem Cruise Lite Owner
 
Bushbunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 78
Saw the battery box strap

Quote:
Originally Posted by Restcure View Post
I too installed a battery disconnect. Got mine from Princess Auto which, as near as I can tell, is the Canadian version of Harbor Freight (although we would spell it "Harbour").




More details and photos in the full write up at Mods - Battery switch
In Pennsylvania, they will not inspect the trailer with a elastic strap on the battery box. Should the trailer roll, the battery will not stay in place. Just sayin. They caught me....
__________________
Bushbunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2016, 10:46 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Bluepill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 662
Never thought about that. I am going to add safety straps to my propane tanks now. They have a solid bracket and base assembly now, but the base is attached with sheet metal screws. Not sure that they would hold in an accident.
__________________
2015 T12RBST Flagstaff Hardside
2008 Itasca Meridian 37H
Bluepill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2016, 04:31 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 356
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bushbunch View Post
In Pennsylvania, they will not inspect the trailer with a elastic strap on the battery box. Should the trailer roll, the battery will not stay in place. Just sayin. They caught me....
Duly noted - thanks. As it happens we have an entirely different battery box now...



... but that's another thread.
__________________
Restcure (formerly JD and Beastlet)
2012 Rockwood Ultra-Lite 2701SS > ProPride 3P 1400 > 2013 F150 FX4 SC EB LB max tow 3.73s
John, Dawn, daughter Emily and Bella the camping kitty

illegitimi non carborundum
Restcure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2016, 06:24 AM   #19
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 7
so i have a question about the disconnect. we had problems with our batteries also which were the original smallest battery made installed by the dealer. have since replaced. when hooked to shore power should you keep the disconnect on or off? we had ours on and after awhile could smell battery acid like it was over charging from the trickle charger. I have left the disconnect off on the new batteries as do not want to ruin. any thoughts?
by the way we have a 2015 380 xlr
thanks
__________________
rchavet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2016, 10:41 AM   #20
Fulltime family RVer
 
ependydad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 14,235
Quote:
Originally Posted by rchavet View Post
so i have a question about the disconnect. we had problems with our batteries also which were the original smallest battery made installed by the dealer. have since replaced. when hooked to shore power should you keep the disconnect on or off? we had ours on and after awhile could smell battery acid like it was over charging from the trickle charger. I have left the disconnect off on the new batteries as do not want to ruin. any thoughts?
by the way we have a 2015 380 xlr
thanks
I keep my battery connected even when on shore power because the converter seems to work better with it there.

However, you should be checking the water levels in the battery fairly regularly to make sure it's not boiling off.

I ended up upgrading my converter when my last one failed. BUT- I ended up with one with a much smarter charger in it. I now have a lot less battery worries.
__________________

__________________
2012 Ram 3500 DRW/crew cab/long bed/4x4/4.10 gears pulling an early 2013 Sabre 36QBOK
Checkout my site for RVing tips, tricks, and info | My family and I have fulltimed since June 2015
ependydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, battery disconnect, drain

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:55 AM.