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Old 07-08-2010, 01:18 PM   #1
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Need suggestions for battery box strap

I'm looking for ideas for a replacement for my battery
box strap. It's the kind you find at Wally World in the boat
section. The strap is woven poly sort of like the lawn chairs
of old if you remember them. It held for nearly 5 years but
has given up to the rigors of the sun.

I have a bungee cord on there now but bungee doesn't
age well in the elements. I even considered going to
a junk yard and cutting the seat belt out of a scrap car
and sewing myself a new strap. Junk yards are miles away
and so if you have a better idea for a replacement strap,
I'd like to hear it!

Thanks!!
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:22 PM   #2
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Have a look at motorcycle strap downs. They look much like seat belts, but not quite as wide. The same straps are used for towing as well and usually have a S hook on both ends. They don't cost much and are long enough to use in pieces for years to come.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:47 PM   #3
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In the immortal words of Homer Simpson-- "DOH!!" Would you believe
that I HAD 4 cut off ends from my motorcycle ratchet tie downs.
I kept the long cut off ends 4 years until last month when I was
cleaning out my truck in prep for our western states trip.
I tossed them thinking after 4 years if I hadn't needed them, they
were excess baggage.
ARGH!!
EVERY time I toss some gadget or gizmo that I've saved for a rainy day, it RAINS!!

Maybe time for some new ratchet tie downs as mine are getting
kinda tough to release.....

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Old 07-08-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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In the immortal words of Homer Simpson-- "DOH!!" Would you believe
that I HAD 4 cut off ends from my motorcycle ratchet tie downs.
I kept the long cut off ends 4 years until last month when I was
cleaning out my truck in prep for our western states trip.
I tossed them thinking after 4 years if I hadn't needed them, they
were excess baggage.
ARGH!!
EVERY time I toss some gadget or gizmo that I've saved for a rainy day, it RAINS!!

Maybe time for some new ratchet tie downs as mine are getting
kinda tough to release.....

Thanks!
It's nice to know I am not the only one.....
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:19 PM   #5
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After mine wore out, I replaced it with one of those luggage straps from Walmart... the ones with the plastic snap-together catches... the ones you wrap around your suitcase if you're afraid it will pop open..
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:57 PM   #6
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After mine wore out, I replaced it with one of those luggage straps from Walmart... the ones with the plastic snap-together catches... the ones you wrap around your suitcase if you're afraid it will pop open..

I did the same thing. Good Ol Wally World.
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:28 PM   #7
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"After mine wore out, I replaced it with one of those luggage straps from Walmart... the ones with the plastic snap-together catches... the ones you wrap around your suitcase if you're afraid it will pop open.. "

Another great idea.
Just talked to my wife. We had discussed tossing the straps but
she saved them!! So if I can rig some sort of belt buckle thing,
I'm set. If that fails, I'll go to Wallyworld and look for a luggage
strap.
I figured others had been down this road so that's why I asked.
Thanks to you all!
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:07 PM   #8
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I use a small ratchet strap, works well and I know it is tight.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:10 PM   #9
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Replacement comes with hardware in 2 lengths:

Battery Strap 38 - $3.99

Battery Strap 54 - $4.99

Ammortized over a few years - cheap.
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:23 AM   #10
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Replacement comes with hardware in 2 lengths:

Battery Strap 38 - $3.99

Battery Strap 54 - $4.99

Ammortized over a few years - cheap.
..AND - if you have an RV dealer with a relatively good parts/accessory department, you should be able to pick up the straps there. Usually found in section where they sell batteries and battery boxes.

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