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Old 07-15-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Stolen batteries

Last weekend we spent getting ready to leave on Monday morning for a week long camping trip with the family. Thought that we could get up Monday morning, have breakfast & be on our way. That all changed when I went out to disconnect the power cable for the Roo & found that both of my 6 volt batteries & boxes had been stolen during the night. Boy that gets me angry! Had to go buy 2 new batteries & boxes, plus I had a Blue Sea cut off switch mounted to one of the boxes so I'll have to replace that as well. Got the new batteries & got underway, but then fretted about what I'd do when I got home about the batteries. Found a local company that makes battery locks and was able to purchase them & padlock the batteries to the frame. Hopefully that will deter them & they won't steal the propane tanks next, as there has been a rash of that lately too.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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thats awful! Where were you at when it happened?
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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We were at home still. The trailer was parked in the driveway where we keep it year round, except when we are using it. As I returned on Saturday afternoon I thought to stop at a neighbor down the street that has a brand new Jayco & tell him about the stolen batteries. He walked out with me as I was leaving & he found that his batteries had been stolen too. At least they left his boxes. Probably the difference was that his were 12 volt batteries with a handle & my 6 volt don't have handles attached to them.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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Check your local recycling center. If they have them they should have an ID on record on who sold them.
I used to own a recycling business, and we saw this problem frequently.
Good luck.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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Can you please post a picture of the battery lock?
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Ridiculous to have to worry about things like this, sorry to hear about this.
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Can you please post a picture of the battery lock?
This is what I built. Have used similar ones since 1976. I also put 4 sheet metal screws in the bottom of each battery box.
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This is what I built. Have used similar ones since 1976. I also put 4 sheet metal screws in the bottom of each battery box.
I'm having a hard time following the second picture. Is the lock built in? Are the batteries in a metal box instead of plastic?
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I'm having a hard time following the second picture. Is the lock built in? Are the batteries in a metal box instead of plastic?
Both batteries are in ABS boxes and the second picture is of the center rod going thru the bottom of the metal tray the boxes sit on. The padlock is a std Master padlock inserted in a hole drilled in the 1/2" rod that is welded to the 1/2" sq. rod "T" It is just a "T" made of 1/2" sq rod with a pc of 1/2" threaded rod with a hole for the padlock welded to the end and stuck thru' the bottom, nut & padlock installed.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:12 PM   #10
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Here is the link to the company who makes the battery locks.B & D RV Battery Lock For RV travel trailers and popup campers.
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