Battery Box without Strap?
Let me prefix this with "Yes, I was bored, hence the rambling train of thought". That being said, on with my issue:
So, if anybodies been following my various posts, last winter I left my battery disconnected, but still in the trailer. Normally winters here this should have been fine, but we ended up with a hell of a winter. Come spring, I threw the battery on a charger, it charged up just fine.
A couple of weeks later, my battery died. Down to 1v kind of died. Trailer and especially converter checked by the dealer. Everything seems fine. Battery checked by a battery specialist shop. Took a charge for them, load test ok, everything seems fine. The general consensus between the two was that I had let the battery run down too much and therefore it wasn't taking a charge, but now that it's charged up everything should be fine.
Plenty of camping trips done, everything seemed fine. Now, fast forward to this last week. I've had the camper at home since Goshen, doing a few mods and some general clean up, checking over the seals, etc... A couple of days ago, while the trailer happened to be unplugged for some reason I don't remember, curiosity got the better of me and I hit the battery button the panel.
It showed 'F'. Hmm, that's not 'G'. It's been plugged in for 2 weeks straight so I'm sure it's supposed to be charging. Hooked power back up, checked voltage at the battery and got 13.56v (thereabouts as it was slightly fluctuating). So it seems the converter is working. Checked the fuse and resetable limit under the trailer (again) to ensure everything's still intact. They were. Checked the reverse polarity fuses, they were ok too.
Today, I finally brought the trailer back to the storage yard (and probably thrilled my neighbors by getting it out of here). While at this new storage yard, I don't trust my battery just sitting around so I pull it out. Damm it, I just broke the strap on the battery box. Not so bad that it doesn't do up, but it's close.
Now I'm thinking that I've got both a questionable battery (which I plan to check tomorrow after letting it rest) and a broken strap on my battery box. I'm going to have to replace at least the strap. I may need to replace the battery.
Train of thought time:
1) So, if I'm replacing the battery, I should go with that Trojan I was pricing out at the beginning of the year.
2) Wait, if I also have to replace the battery strap, why not replace the box and go with a Group 27. I had only priced a Group 24 before because that was the original box but I've got room on the tongue for a 27.
3) Well, if I'm gonna replace the box anyways, let's look for one that doesn't use a strap and avoid the issue of me breaking them in the future.
And off to Google I go. And after some searching do you know what I find?
That I can't seem to find a battery box that doesn't use a nylon strap to hold the lid on!
I'm sure I'm just looking in the wrong locations. Can anybody point me in the right direction? I've tried keywords like "strapless battery box" but that seems to point me at, umm, interesting sites but not what I was looking for.
There's no use crying over spilled milk, unless it's on your keyboard.