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Old 04-15-2015, 10:40 PM   #1
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Locking batteries

Hi. Being new to tthe world of trailers it never occured to us to consider a way to secure our batterries from theft. It has been pointed out to us a few times by experienced rvers that we need to consider this. We have the 17B with the dual batteries. Jose said he can make an aluminum bar to run the width of the trailer to anchor down with locks. It sounds a little complicated and I am wondering if this is really necessary or if there might be a simpler solution? What do other people do?
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:51 PM   #2
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I count on thieves being too lazy to lug a 80 lb. battery off to a recycler where they will get nothing for their efforts.
I suppose another RVer could need a battery, but I think they would just buy one that they knew was in excellent condition and had a warranty.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:07 PM   #3
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Good point. Thanks so much.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:10 PM   #4
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You need to do what you feel what makes you the most comfortable and let's you sleep at night, truly. The condition where I store Ten Forward (and camp) may be 180 degrees from you. There is no perfect solution.
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An aluminum strap to secure the battery will make you feel good, until you start to worry about how easy it is to cut through aluminum...
It's the same with any security system. You always get to worry about whether it will work or not.
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:09 AM   #6
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I've heard of, but never experienced, batteries being ripped off while in storage. If they are out where folks can see them I remove them in this circumstance but not worry about it when camping. The aluminum might well make a would be crook move on to the next trailer where their isn't one. Here's another route B & D RV Battery Lock For RV travel trailers and popup campers.
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My wife came back from a book club where a about half the women had trailers with batteries that were stolen from our neighbourhood. After that she reminded we weekly that we had to do something. I purchased a Larin box from Canadian Tire, adjusted the angle iron on the trailer frame and bolted the box in place. With careful positioning I was able to fit two 6 volt batteries with the plastic cases. I drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom for water drainage and ventilation. It has a built in lock but I also put in a couple of screws around the lid just to frustrate thieves. There wasn't a lot of slack in the existing battery cable but I made it work. I did have to trim the top of the plastic cases a bit too. I live in a nice neighbourhood, but things grow legs.
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Not nice, Surrey's always getting picked on and besides I live in a high crime neighborhood also. Why just last week I saw someone who didn't pick up after their dog and the week before that someone threw a candy wrapper out their car window.

As far as batteries go, definitely an individual situation. A combination of location and type of trailer. Batteries on the rear bumper and not in a tongue box and visible to passerby's are definitely at greater risk.

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I have one of the last 19's produced with batteries installed in the front dinette bench. Theft of my batteries would require someone to break into the trailer first to do so. If someone chooses to break into my Escape, theft of my batteries is probably the least of my worries. I also have good insurance coverage.
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