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Old 05-16-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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Unbolted battery

I noticed that the battery box in my new camper had a small amount of water in the bottom, so I pulled up the battery and was surprised to find that the box was not bolted to the frame. There is a one-inch strap that goes under the frame and snaps together at the top. I thought it was just to keep the cover from blowing off, but apparently that is all that keeps the battery box from moving.

Is that sufficient, or did the dealer forget to bolt it down? At the very least, I'm going to drill a couple of holes in the bottom of the box to let any water drain out.

I just had the camper on a mountainous trip with steep, curvy and bouncy roads, and the battery doesn't seem to have moved at all. Should the box be bolted down or is the strap sufficient? Thanks.

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Old 05-16-2013, 07:12 AM   #2
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Should be bolted down.
I also drilled drain holes.


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Old 05-16-2013, 07:19 AM   #3
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Since we store ours in a storage lot, I just use one of these, seems to keep things in place just fine.

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Old 05-16-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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One more thing to check. Thanks!

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Old 05-16-2013, 11:24 AM   #6
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I supplied my own battery box and just use a bugee strap to hold it down. I have mine in public storage so the strap makes it easy to remove. I had the same set up on the pop-up. Never had any problem with it moving.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:33 AM   #7
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Ours just came with the standard-issue nylon strap holding it down, and never had any problems with the battery moving. I did have to drill some drain holes in the bottom of the box, though.

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Old 05-16-2013, 12:18 PM   #8
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the nylon strap is pretty standard on travel trailers. i also bolted both of mine down when i went to a two battery setup for dry camping and boondocking.
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Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
Should be bolted down.
I also drilled drain holes.


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Old 05-16-2013, 01:17 PM   #10
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I bolted down the battery on my pop-up, but on my TT I added a 2nd Battery and secured it the same way next to the original - with a strap.
The downside of bolting it down is that any acid that makes its way out of the battery will corrode the bolts. If you do decide to bolt it down, you should drill drain holes, but beware, any acid leaking will attack nearby metal frame parts.

Personally, I prefer the simple strap method. There is no metal to corrode and it contains any leakage in the battery box. You should check the box after rain or washing as water will enter through the vent holes in the top of the battery box and pool up in the bottom. It's a good idea to do your battery maintenance then.

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