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Old 06-09-2015, 08:40 PM   #1
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Battery Thief - Shocking!

I recently had my 12v battery stolen out of my 2012 Forest River Rockwood Freedom 1950 tent camper. The Thief just cut the wiring. I'm left with 4 wires and do not know exactly where they were connected. #1 is large white Ground and is directly connected at one end to the frame. #2 is the brake system orange/black power wire. #3 is a red wire that appears to go the the switch for the electric winch. #4 is a black wire that appears to go to the winch switch as well.

Where do this wires connect?

My "educated" & common sense answer is that the brake power wire goes to the positive terminal on the battery and the white ground wire goes directly to the the negative post. Is this correct? and do each of the the remaining wires goes as follows:
Red to positive black to negative.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:31 AM   #2
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I had my battery stolen also and the wires cut as well! It SUCKS!😁

I had to replace the cables because after cutting them they were to short. I went to auto store and got black and red cables. The black is ground to frame. The red has the bolt to connect wires to. The red wire goes to transfer (just follow the old one). I only had a red wire which went to positive. I am not sure about your black wire but I would follow it and find out what it is running. I assume it is positive but you know what assuming does😀.

I went on line and found a battery box lock. It is made of heavy medal and wraps around the box and you put a pad lock on top of it.

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Old 06-11-2015, 11:38 AM   #3
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Were these Thefts committed while you were Camping? Youroo!!
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:54 AM   #4
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White may be ground!
Black may be HOT.

Do not assume otherwise.

If you are not SURE do NOT connect your battery.
Seek help if needed to meter each wire for voltage (using shore power) before connecting your battery.

Getting it wrong will cause more damage that won't be covered by your comprehensive insurance.
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Black should be hot!

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Old 06-11-2015, 02:41 PM   #6
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My thief was in my driveway now I have cameras so I can at least see it being done! Ha Ha
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:03 PM   #7
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I got one of these to eliminate the theft problem.
B & D RV Battery Lock For RV travel trailers and popup campers.
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Were these Thefts committed while you were Camping? Youroo!!
Octo 692, thanks for the reply,I was hoping that it Did Not happen in a Campground! Youroo!!
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I got one of these to eliminate the theft problem.
B & D RV Battery Lock For RV travel trailers and popup campers.
Thats nice.
Would a chain around the box and a padlock do the same?
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:33 AM   #11
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I have cable locks over the batteries. Will it stop someone with a large bolt cutter? NO, even if I had an actual padlock! Will it stop someone who sees them and wants them, but has no tools? YES!

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I recently had my 12v battery stolen out of my 2012 Forest River Rockwood Freedom 1950 tent camper. The Thief just cut the wiring. I'm left with 4 wires and do not know exactly where they were connected. #1 is large white Ground and is directly connected at one end to the frame. #2 is the brake system orange/black power wire. #3 is a red wire that appears to go the the switch for the electric winch. #4 is a black wire that appears to go to the winch switch as well.

Where do this wires connect?

My "educated" & common sense answer is that the brake power wire goes to the positive terminal on the battery and the white ground wire goes directly to the the negative post. Is this correct? and do each of the the remaining wires goes as follows:
Red to positive black to negative.
If I'm reading this right, then I don't see any wires that go to power the actual trailer itself (I.e. the fridge, lights, etc...). First, let's summarize what you've got:

1) White - Ground (Obvious by connection to frame)
2) Orange/Black - Brake's breakaway power?
3) Red - Electric Winch
4) Black - Electric Winch

Since you traced #1 and #2, you're probably pretty safe with those. The White will go to the negative terminal and the orange/black will go to the positive.

#3 and #4 are the ones in question. One of these should actually be the power for the whole trailer, and it's most likely the one with the larger diameter if they're different sizes.

The other one is questionable. It 'might' be the the power for the electric winch, independent of the power for the whole trailer, or it 'might' be the negative for the electric winch, independent of the ground on the frame.

Your best bet is to trace them further first, and open things up if necessary, because you want to be 100% certain where a wire ends up before you start hooking power up to it.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:11 PM   #13
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Never really thought this could be a problem, but I really like the cable lock idea. If someone is determined they would get past it, but it would stop a camp prowler looking for an easy solution to "his" dead battery problem.

Had such a problem with my power cable a few years back. Poles can be a long way from the site and somebody solved their problem by finding mine just laying there. Been pad locking cables since.

Thanks for letting us know about this. Will add cable lock this weekend!

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