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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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Mine is 41".
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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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Old 05-12-2013, 12:40 PM   #7
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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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Old 05-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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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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Old 05-13-2013, 01:12 PM   #10
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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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