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Old 02-21-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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Battery Theft

Ok so I had the cops knocking at my door earlier today. Seems as though my neighbor had his shore power cable and batteries stolen last night or this morning from his 29 ft RV. He lives about 300 feet away and they wanted to see if they hit my TT. The difference between my property and his, my yard has a 6ft privacy fence with locked gates for the back yard where the TT is parked. Our dog started barking at about 2:45am but I didn't think anything about it. When the sheriff and I went out back, there were fresh footprints in the 2 ft of snow back there. The DW and I have not been in the back yard since December, only the dog has. So I'm thinking whoever it was jumped the fence, heard the dog and bolted without even getting a chance to touch our TT. Pretty gutsy considering we live in a subdivision. It's not like we are in a remote area.

So in light of these events, I want to secure the batteries in a locked box. I have looked online and found a company called TORKLIFT. Those boxes are too much $$ for what I think I can accomplish with a truck box for less $$. The reviews are not too positive either. I would like to hear of any MODS others have done securing their batteries. Any pictures would be helpful. I wasn't too crazy about the rails the battery sits on anyway.

We have a 2015 24FBS and for now only 1 group 24 12volt battery. I may use the extra space for storage.

As for the shore power cable, I'll have to figure out a MOD for that later on.

Thanks, Mark

To the moderators, I'm sorry if a similar thread was started at an earlier time. I searched but could not locate one.
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Sounds like they were brave or stupid one. Just a question I always at least disconnect my battery when I am not using the camper and remove it and put it where its warm in the winter. Why have the power cord out or the battery in it in the cold weather? We had our old camper broken into at my fenced lot at work once and they tore my stereo up trying to get it out then politely used my toilet.. and seriously they must not have used the restroom for a week .... I was pissed to have to clean up their mess but felt violated by stupid.... your lucky the cops even ask any questions because they sure didn't here
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Sounds like they were brave or stupid one. Just a question I always at least disconnect my battery when I am not using the camper and remove it and put it where its warm in the winter. Why have the power cord out or the battery in it in the cold weather? We had our old camper broken into at my fenced lot at work once and they tore my stereo up trying to get it out then politely used my toilet.. and seriously they must not have used the restroom for a week .... I was pissed to have to clean up their mess but felt violated by stupid.... your lucky the cops even ask any questions because they sure didn't here
I didn't mention, the battery box is there, the battery is not. I'm sure during the summer months this could be an issue. I'm just trying to be proactive.

Your in Ft Wayne eh? I'll be down there this week working on some HVAC systems at the mall on Coliseum.
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well come by and say hey I am not far from there ... maybe 5 minutes
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So in light of these events, I want to secure the batteries in a locked box. ...snip...
As for the shore power cable, I'll have to figure out a MOD for that later on.
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There is a MOD in this site for replacing the attached power cable with one that detaches.

I saw where someone had fabricated a stainless steel strap to go over the top of the battery, down through a slot in the bottom of the tool/battery box, with the two ends fastened with a padlock under the battery box. I made a quick search of this site, but didn't find the photos etc.

So not only is it cold enough in 'The Zoo' to "Freeze a witch's brass monkey" , you have wade through the snow to nail down your stuff, too.
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were you talking about a 50 amp cord that removes or a 30 amp one that is always connected to the trailer
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were you talking about a 50 amp cord that removes or a 30 amp one that is always connected to the trailer
I saw a MOD to remove a cord that is always attached and replace it with a removable cord. I don't recall if it was a 30 or 50 amp.

I just did a quick search, but didn't find the mod. I'll keep looking.
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There is a MOD in this site for replacing the attached power cable with one that detaches.

I saw where someone had fabricated a stainless steel strap to go over the top of the battery, down through a slot in the bottom of the tool/battery box, with the two ends fastened with a padlock under the battery box. I made a quick search of this site, but didn't find the photos etc.

So not only is it cold enough in 'The Zoo' to "Freeze a witch's brass monkey" , you have wade through the snow to nail down your stuff, too.
Yeah unfortunately the theives don't take snow days. Where in AZ are you? My parents live in Glendale. They ordered a 2015 27 DSRL from a dealer here in the area. They are driving here in mid April to pick it up. Hopefully the snow stops by then They got a 14k discount for buying here instead of in AZ.
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well good luck with the locking battery box and if you have time when your in town give me a yell I will show you what I do for a living ... old car restoration
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well good luck with the locking battery box and if you have time when your in town give me a yell I will show you what I do for a living ... old car restoration
You want me to PM you the day before I head down there?
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