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Old 08-26-2014, 02:37 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 08-26-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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I don't want to misguide you but I went a few years with a strap on my battery box without any problems. But then my lids didn't come off easily either.

After my batteries were stolen the service department added straps.

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Old 08-26-2014, 06:52 PM   #3
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Either use a bungee cord, belt or a rope. I actually used a fish stringer on my previous TT. Just something to hold the lid on. If someone wants your battery, the strap won't stop them.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:59 PM   #4
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Well, the battery reads 12.88 at rest, so I guess it's alright and the 'F' reading on the panel was just a fluke.

I'd still like to replace the battery someday, as I'm eventually going to run into a situation where I'll want to dry camp. (Like the Faster Horses concert (Homepage | Faster Horses Festival) we almost went to this year f the DW could have gotten the weekend off.) But at least I won't have to replace it anytime soon.

When I do get around to replacing it, I'll be looking for new box then. I did eventually come across one brand that didn't use a strap to hold the lid on that I liked the look of (PowerArmor) but at $200 something a box , I'm going to need to really justify going that route.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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On my last camper I put carriage bolts in the bottom of my battery boxes, the boxes were already snug in there caring frame so they were not going any where. The lids had clips that seemed to work fine I always had to use a knife or screwdriver to pop them loose.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:51 PM   #6
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Either use a bungee cord, belt or a rope.
I use 1 of those heavy duty rubber bungee cord on mine. I have it looped around the battery box frame, just in case.

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I bought a 6 foot ratchet strap, put it on and cut off the excess strap.
Works perfectly.

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