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Old 06-26-2015, 01:41 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a modification for the battery compartment on a FR 38L Cedar Creek?
The batteries are stuck into this very compact area and to reach the batteries to service you have to take them out completely. It really sucks
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:42 PM   #2
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Does anyone have a modification for the battery compartment on a FR 38L Cedar Creek?
The batteries are stuck into this very compact area and to reach the batteries to service you have to take them out completely. It really sucks
I too would be interested in this. Getting the batteries out and then back in for the winter break was a PITA.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:16 PM   #3
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I feel the pain my friend. I had them serviced on a road trip in TN and they really messed the TT up. They pulled some edging off from around the battery compartment and on top of that they let a small amount of battery acid on the outside of trailer. I don't want to get into that story. It was a trying to get some warranty work done. I bought 5er in Dallas and went to a place in TN. I was staying there for a couple of months so I thought I would get it done there in TN. NEVER AGAIN AT THIS PLACE......NEVER
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:30 PM   #4
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We have a 34 rlsa and also agree with everyone as far as the placement of the batteries! And I was dumb enough to add 2 more in the front basement!!! This and the placement of the tank for the lift system again make me wonder if the fellows that design these units ever use them!
Be interesting to see what others have maybe come up with!
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I cannot believe how inconvenient it is to get at the batteries. With the side hatch door open and the location of the battery box on the 38FL it leaves about 12" of space to access the battery compartment with no depth greater than the actual battery. Complete nightmare t get them in and out other than doing it by braille. You certainly can't see what you're doing. If it didn't get so cold here in the winter I'd be tempted to leave them in.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:54 PM   #6
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If it didn't get so cold here in the winter I'd be tempted to leave them in.
I can't help with the compartment, but I 'can' tell you that it is perfectly fine to leave your batteries in place during winter. As long as you keep a decent charge on them there shouldn't be any concern about freezing.

I would physically disconnect, slap on a battery tender, or at least apply a charge every 30-60 days and call it good.
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x2...trojan site says they are good to 92 below if fully charged. also the discharge much more slowly in the cold as well.
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Not sure about the above statement from trojan as I know what happens to a battery in a car over the winter... Even though it's a pain in the back side I'll pull mine out...


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I know what happens to a battery in a car over the winter.
Like what? It's not uncommon in a car to have a severely depleted battery. Modern electronics plugged in here and there... only driving 10 minutes on a regular basis that doesn't allow the battery to fully recharge between uses and compounds the issue of a perpetually low battery scenario.

In that case, I can see where a car battery may have issues in extreme cold, but a fully charged disconnected RV battery isn't quite the same animal. Granted, an RV battery with a low charge isn't going to fair very well over winter in extreme cold, but it's also not going to fair much better in a warm garage where it will self discharge more rapidly.

Best case scenario.. fully charged, disconnected from any load, and the colder the better.
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Does anyone have a modification for the battery compartment on a FR 38L Cedar Creek?
The batteries are stuck into this very compact area and to reach the batteries to service you have to take them out completely. It really sucks
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