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Old 08-07-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Why do they even bother

I went to check the water levels in my battery after being plugged into the house for almost a year.

Water levels were perfect, but when I when went to secure the lid, the fabric strap broke because of dry rot, and its only a year and a half old.

Why don't they just put a rubber strap around it and be done with it.

What does everyone else do to secure their battery lid with?
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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Times they have changed. I bought a new battery for my wifes car last week and it did not come with a rubber strap.

They stopped putting them on. They installer took the one from old battery and moved it to the new.


BTW, it likely is eaten up by battery acid. I am sure you could find a replacement strap at a car parts retailer.
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well we have a marine battery box on our TT with the fabric strap. still holding on but also secure with a rubber bungee.
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Same thing happened to me - I think its a UV resistance issue. The strap was fine in the back and across the bottom....even where it was wound through the clasp, but everywhere it was exposed to sunlight it dry-rotted.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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The box our X20E has a snap on cover.
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My take on this is that these batt boxes (with fabric strap) were designed for marine use. Therefore, they are mostly located in a covered area out of the sun. I think the RV industry started using them...just because they were readily available. A lot of parts used in RVs are common to the boating industry (wheels, tires, front jacks, trim pieces etc.). Not a very good reason.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:40 PM   #7
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This is what I use. Should last me a lifetime.

http://www.b-drvbatterylock.com/
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This is what I use. Should last me a lifetime.

http://www.b-drvbatterylock.com/
I think I'll get one of those!! I store my TT in an open storage facility and I like the extra security this offers!

Thanks for the link!!! :wink:
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This is what I use. Should last me a lifetime.

http://www.b-drvbatterylock.com/
I got two. Getting both on was quite a wrestling match, but I got it done.

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