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Old 08-20-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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What were you thinking Wildcat?

Proud owner of a 2015 312QBX. Love the rig and am busy setting it up and accessorising it for our needs.

One of my top priorities was adding JT's Strong Arms. I bought the kit, got all the tools and equipment ready, laid down under the rig and to my surprise saw this below. Completely prohibits adding JT's Strong arms or Wildcats suggested BAL Lock-Arms. Now I have to decide whether to live with the shake or completely redo the battery compartment.

Funny thing is that I have two batteries, and Wildcat only sunk one of them below, the other sits in the storage area nicely. Maybe theres a reason I can't figure out but seems like the engineers could have thought this out better. I know they moved the spare tire from this area recently but now they replaced that obstacle with another!
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:59 PM   #2
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Proud owner of a 2015 312QBX. Love the rig and am busy setting it up and accessorising it for our needs.

One of my top priorities was adding JT's Strong Arms. I bought the kit, got all the tools and equipment ready, laid down under the rig and to my surprise saw this below. Completely prohibits adding JT's Strong arms or Wildcats suggested BAL Lock-Arms. Now I have to decide whether to live with the shake or completely redo the battery compartment.

Funny thing is that I have two batteries, and Wildcat only sunk one of them below, the other sits in the storage area nicely. Maybe theres a reason I can't figure out but seems like the engineers could have thought this out better. I know they moved the spare tire from this area recently but now they replaced that obstacle with another!
I would take the box out and patch the floor, the jt's are worth that to do, they really do stop most of the motion not 100% but to me it made a huge improvement in it before we went to the level -up system.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:09 PM   #3
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Proud owner of a 2015 312QBX. Love the rig and am busy setting it up and accessorising it for our needs.

One of my top priorities was adding JT's Strong Arms. I bought the kit, got all the tools and equipment ready, laid down under the rig and to my surprise saw this below. Completely prohibits adding JT's Strong arms or Wildcats suggested BAL Lock-Arms. Now I have to decide whether to live with the shake or completely redo the battery compartment.

Funny thing is that I have two batteries, and Wildcat only sunk one of them below, the other sits in the storage area nicely. Maybe theres a reason I can't figure out but seems like the engineers could have thought this out better. I know they moved the spare tire from this area recently but now they replaced that obstacle with another!
SNOMORE, Just finished up my JTs this afternoon on my Wildcat 327ck. It can be done!! First I had to trim my spare tire mount so the bars past them. Now the battery box is in the way. Is the battery box larger than the battery? Maybe an inch or two longer. What I did with mine was to take the battery box out and cut the front lip off the box. Then right below where you cut the lip off, cut a slot about 1-2 inches deep into the box. Now you should be able to slip the box back in the hole where it came out and push the box with the slot going to metal lip of the hole. Put the mounting screws back and you should to go. If you need help, PM me with a phone # & I'll call you.
ps. after you do the front you'll then need help with the rear, maybe.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:17 PM   #4
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I built a frame out of some old deck boards to go around the battery box. Removed the box, put the frame down, put the box back in.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:35 PM   #5
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I just removed the box from my crusader (same setup) and put in a double poly box with sealant on the bottom and put in 2 6 volt golf cart batteries!! Nothing hanging down any more!!
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:10 AM   #6
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I'll look into having this changed immediately! The battery box setup has been like that on Wildcat for many years. With our new drop frames and other changes, it's time to review and improve!
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I'll look into having this changed immediately! The battery box setup has been like that on Wildcat for many years. With our new drop frames and other changes, it's time to review and improve!

Your forum posts working for you. Gotta love the response from the factory guys.
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Thanks for all of the replies and suggestions. My post originally was intended to point out the design vs. real world use of products, and it appears that Wildcat Chris will bring this matter up with the design team, which is exactly what needs to happen, thank you!

I think all designers should have to use their products in real life situations

Thank you all - Jeff (SNOMORE)

PS - a couple more 12 volt outlets would be very helpful in the unit, as its designed for dry camping but there are only 110 volt outlets in the living area and bunk area. The 40" TV is nice but useless unless you run a genny or in a RV park, I replaced with a Jensen 32" and ran a separate circuit to the panel in the entertainment center.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:59 AM   #9
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That's the problem, they weren't thinking.
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:10 PM   #10
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This has already been changed in production. All current Wildcat units being built do not have a lowered battery box.
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