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Old 04-02-2016, 03:54 PM   #1
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New popup battery concern.

I bought my HW31 back in February and have pulled it about 1500 miles since new. Today I parked it at a friends empty lot because I'm getting my driveway widened. I decided to take the battery with me just in case. My issue is there was nothing holding the battery box to the trailer just the weight of the battery. How it didn't bounce out of the frame and end up in someones grill I have no idea. I'll be adding a few bolts to keep it secure. Not sure if anyone else has had this issue.
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:01 PM   #2
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Never really investigated mine, but I think it's held on by the strap around the battery box. This is a pic from an RV show, but mine looks the same.
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:18 PM   #3
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That's how mine looked. But the strap was going around the box but nothing holds the box in place.
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That's how mine looked. But the strap was going around the box but nothing holds the box in place.
That is nuts. Good catch!
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:36 PM   #5
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Check in the bag where all of the owner's manuals were. The install kit for the battery box (all of 4 self-tapping screws) was located in there. On our Rockwood 2318g there were two of those screws put through the box and strap, then into the metal plate below. It probably needs a little reinforcement, but at least it was a start.


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Old 04-02-2016, 09:58 PM   #6
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The strap is supposed to go under the two frame supports that the battery box sits on.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:19 PM   #7
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The strap is supposed to go under the two frame supports that the battery box sits on.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but never really looked at.
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Yellow arrow shows the half-inch high metal frame that the battery boxes set into. The red arrow shows the strap that goes UNDER the metal frame, then around the battery box. Locking cables are to help keep the batteries.
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Check in the bag where all of the owner's manuals were. The install kit for the battery box (all of 4 self-tapping screws) was located in there. On our Rockwood 2318g there were two of those screws put through the box and strap, then into the metal plate below. It probably needs a little reinforcement, but at least it was a start.


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x2, You should have some self tapping bolts. both my battery boxes are bolted down.
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I thought some pictures might be helpful. It all depends on the arrangement at the front of the frame. Click image for larger version

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On our 2015 Rockwood 2318G the layout is as pictured. The first pictures shows the battery box resting on a short tray that is welded onto the frame. The strap is under the box, which in turn is held on by 2 self-tapping screws, only one goes through the strap (2nd picture). There are a couple of "extra" screws in the Forest River bag that I'm planning on adding, with some washers, to the other two corners in the hope of firming up the system. Due to the welds there is no way to get the strap under the tray. Anyone have any other suggestions or should the 4 screws be enough?

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Old 04-03-2016, 10:10 AM   #11
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If you can't get the strap around the tray, I think I'd replace those self-taping screws with bolts and nuts and some large fender washers. Batteries are heavy and a few small self-tapping screw heads don't seem like enough to hold it.
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I happened to have a chance to go by my trailer in storage today. My box appears to be attached with 3 sets of nuts/bolts/washers, and the strap is below the box, but not around the rack.

Not sure why there's water in it; we did have some really hard rains with 40 mph winds, but I still wouldn't have expected the water.
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I noticed that my battery box was not connected to the frame, but simply held on by the strap around the box and the frame. I have never had a problem. On another note, Many of the battery boxes have small vents in the top. These allow water in when it rains. The battery box does not come with any drain holes. I drilled 1/4" homes in the bottom in each corner. No longer have water collecting in battery box.
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I happened to have a chance to go by my trailer in storage today. My box appears to be attached with 3 sets of nuts/bolts/washers, and the strap is below the box, but not around the rack.



Not sure why there's water in it; we did have some really hard rains with 40 mph winds, but I still wouldn't have expected the water.

Thanks for the pictures; the attachment on your battery box looks much sturdier than mine. Is there some sort of rubberized coating on the head of the bolts? It looks orange in the picture.

Also, is that an Andersen No-sway WDH bracket? We use that system and have really liked it.

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Thanks for the pictures; the attachment on your battery box looks much sturdier than mine. Is there some sort of rubberized coating on the head of the bolts? It looks orange in the picture.

Also, is that an Andersen No-sway WDH bracket? We use that system and have really liked it.

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From what I've been reading the battery is installed at the dealership. Not at the factory. So it might not be an issue for most. I put the strap around the frame for the time being and I will be adding some bolts/screws to it.
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My battery box is screwed into the frame. The strap is just there to hold the lid in place...I just replaced my strap yesterday as it was getting rotted out.


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Does your battery rest on top of the screws? Any concern about the battery not being flat/sturdy with the screws sticking up?
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One of the first mod's I did on mine. I bought a new battery box that the lid locks on to the box and screwed the box down onto the frame. Thru that strap away. Then added a battery disconnect beside the battery.
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Does your battery rest on top of the screws? Any concern about the battery not being flat/sturdy with the screws sticking up?
Make sure if you attach the box (if using the supplied self-tapping screws) that you place the screws in a part of the battery box floor that sits below where the battery sits.

If you sit the battery directly on the screw heads, they WILL rub through the bottom of the battery!
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