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Old 04-04-2015, 03:04 PM   #1
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How do I remove the strap holding the battery case?

I feel a little stupid asking this question but I can not get the strap off the battery case which is housing the battery. I need to get the battery out to charge it. The nylon strap and buckle are on tight and I have tried and tried to loosen them. Is there some trick to this I'm not aware of? Click image for larger version

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Old 04-04-2015, 03:10 PM   #2
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Try wedging a screwdriver under the top of the bottom strap. That may loosen it up enough.
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:11 PM   #3
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I feel a little stupid asking this question but I can not get the strap off the battery case which is housing the battery. I need to get the battery out to charge it. The nylon strap and buckle are on tight and I have tried and tried to loosen them. Is there some trick to this I'm not aware of? Attachment 73049
Does the buckle part consist of two pieces sandwiched together? If so, then they slide apart......one piece pushes forward and the other pushes back.....then they'll separate to give you the room you need to loosen the strap.

Hope that makes sense...
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I feel a little stupid asking this question but I can not get the strap off the battery case which is housing the battery. I need to get the battery out to charge it. The nylon strap and buckle are on tight and I have tried and tried to loosen them. Is there some trick to this I'm not aware of? Attachment 73049
In the picture it looks like you may have tried this but, with a screw driver try to slip in under the end that feeds back through the buckle and work it out. Then pull up on the bottom side of the buckle to relieve the pressure from the jaws of the buckle. This is tough to explain and those straps can be a real pain sometimes. And the only dumb question is the one that isn't ask :-)
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:53 PM   #5
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Mine was a PITA too so once I got tired of fighting with it, I replaced the buckles with a snap on type one in the link below. I found them at Ace Hardware, I believe.

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Thank you for the feedback. I tried using scissors to pry the straps loose but the teeth on the buckles have made this nearly impossible. I did wonder if I needed to slide the buckle apart but I didn't have adequate strength to do this either. I am close to cutting this thing off and replacing it with the type noted by lickem66. It really should not be so hard!lol
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:08 PM   #7
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We cut ours off and replaced with a heavy chain and strong padlock.
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Thank you for the feedback. I tried using scissors to pry the straps loose but the teeth on the buckles have made this nearly impossible. I did wonder if I needed to slide the buckle apart but I didn't have adequate strength to do this either. I am close to cutting this thing off and replacing it with the type noted by lickem66. It really should not be so hard!lol
A sharp knife will eliminate your frustration and is quick! (Use the knife on the strap only)
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If you plug your camper in to an outlet, the battery will charge. There is no need to remove the battery unless for replacement or storage. If you do not have access to an outlet, cut the strap and buy a new one.
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It looks like someone looped the strap back into the buckle. You'll need to pull the strap back out the top then twist the buckle up and this will disengage the teeth. 8 years later and mine is still hard to release!
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