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Old 05-11-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Can any 17B owners with the dual 6 volt batteries on the rear frame tell me the circumference of one box including the frame it sits on? I am trying to figure out how much chain or cable (48"?) I need to use around each box and frame as a theft deterrent.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Jon! Do you use cable/chain with locks on your battery boxes?
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:11 AM   #4
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I don't, and have never even thought about it. Are you worried about them being stolen while camping, or while at home? We have never had a problem, and we have camped in Alberta, BC, Washington, Oregon and California. I think you are fine while in parks, but depending where you keep your trailer when at home, I guess there could be a potential for theft.
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While I do put a hitch lock on the trailer when I'm away from it, I don't lock the batteries. Hasn't been a problem over the last two years...
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:05 AM   #6
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I agree, unless you store it at an unworthy location, campgrounds and at home should be fine.
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Thank you for your responses! While I will keep my trailer in an indoor storage unit that does have an alarm system and cameras, I have read about many instances of battery theft (in parks and storage) on some of the other forums. Just trying to protect my investment and make my batteries a little more difficult to take.
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People might be less interested in stealing a 6 volt battery if it were clearly labeled as such.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:08 PM   #9
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Well, if your two 6-volt batteries are anything like ours, the thief would have to be a pretty skookum individual to first, lift one out of its box, and second run very far with it. They must weigh at least 30-40 pounds each and they have no handles. It would be pretty tough to steal them, in my opinion. I have a hard time getting them out myself. Also, we don't leave our batteries in the trailer over the winter while in storage. We put them on a battery conditioner that slowly discharges them slightly and then re-charges them. Cycling the batteries helps extend their useful life.

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Doug, you can go to a battery store, and they will likely just give you a lifting strap that makes the battery removal way easier. I know I got one this spring when I bought new batteries, and both is it handy.
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so doug, if your batteries are missing, remember Jim has the right strap in his possession
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so doug, if your batteries are missing, remember Jim has the right strap in his possession
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I just carried our 6volts from the storage room in our basment to the trailer in the driveway and that strap would have been handy, I thought I had put webbing straps in ours but it must have been our old batteries. I would guess them to be closer to 50 lbs each not 30 lbs. Has any one weighed a 6 volt? Ours are already in the front storage box and all hooked up and although I am currious how much they weigh I am not that currious to take them back out
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I believe that Escape uses Interstate U2200 batteries, at least that is what is in my trailer. Weight - 62 lbs each. Interstate Battery Info:
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I hope they put us a long way from Jim at the rally. He scares me!! LOL

And yes, those are the same ones we have in our 19. I'm going to have to put on a kidney belt next time I take them out !

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I hope they put us a long way from Jim at the rally. He scares me!! LOL
Yeah, and I pale compared to my wife and dog.
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For a battery strap I found my old bike tubes work great, the fatter tubes are a little harder to thread but will also work. Snip out the valve area, feed through where the webbing would go and tie them in a knot. The stretch of the tube makes for an easier lift.

Be careful not to drop them on your feet, Jim's weight numbers are correct, they are heavy.
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One of these straps is what the battery shop gave me. They work on the stock batteries too.

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:10 AM   #19
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A length of 7mm "prussik" cord also works nicely. I just thread it through the holes that are on the top of my batteries. I don't known if all batteries have these. Thieves probably have a system!
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