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Old 10-04-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Secure your battery?

My neighbor and I store our TT's at the same facility. Got a text from him yesterday telling me that his battery had been stolen (the TT next to him as well). I'm parked about 5 spaces away and mine was still there. There were no security cam's pointing our way so he's most likely SOL.
My battery lives in one of the standard plastic boxes with a little belt to hold it in place. So here's my question: do you secure your battery and if so, how?
I went over to look our TT over and make sure there was no less obvious damage. The battery came home with me as I ponder how to secure it.

On a lighter note, there's a thread on our JOF that's probably close to a year old now that's "did your dealer include a battery". Mine did and I've really never looked at it before except to note it's an Interstate when I open the box to get at the 30amp fuse. I'm happy to say that not only did Orlando RV ( via RV Direct) include the battery but it's a deep cycle marine.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:35 AM   #2
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Simply remove it. We do.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:30 AM   #3
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It would not be difficult to make a lockable bracket the secure the battery down. A piece of flat iron about two inches longer than the width of the batter. Drill two holes (one near each end), square up the holes (file) for carriage bolt to slip in. Drill two holes in the bottom of the battery box. Now have a matching metal plate under the battery box. Now comes the question of how secure you want. You could just screw on a couple of nylock nuts and call it good. Or you could drill a hole through the end of the two carriage bolts to slip a pin through both bolts and have a hole on the end of that pin for a single paddle lock.

Some people install lockable boxes on the tong and install their batteries and battery disconnect on it. There are a number of threads on this topic.

Mine sits on the city street. The only thing not locked down is the battery, as it is a dealer supplied deep cycle battery, with a really low Ahr rating. I kind a wish it would grow legs so I could justify installing a good, dual battery system.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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I keep mine on the trailer in the driveway but move it inside for the cold winter months.

While at the storage facility maybe you should just move it inside the trailer and put it near the door.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:47 AM   #5
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On another note, since the trailers were out of view of the security cameras I would first suspect workers at the facility.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #6
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I would think you could even simply wrap a length of chain around it and secure with a lock. Or as some one else said, move it inside the TT, just inside the door.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:30 PM   #7
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I'm thinking that I will store it inside the TT. The hitch rests there now so what's another thing to trip over? Gonna get another batt box to set it in (to contain any potential mess - acid) while "stored". Thought about chain or fab'ing a metal strap with padlock but I want it to be easy for me to get into the box (hmmm, easy for me but hard for someone else - mutually exclusive wouldn't you say?)
Thanks for the input folks!

The bride and I (and Cookie the wiener dog) are leaving for Memphis on Monday.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:39 PM   #8
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Never had a problem with it going missing. Campers are generally honest folks, I think. BUT> we remove it for winter storage in the storage-lot, more to maintain the integrity of the battery than anything, but it's safer in the garage at the house then in the "yard".

I would expect that the best security when in storage is to remove it from the trailer. Theft of the battery is only a part of the issue. There are only so many different key's out there for RV's. I've tested it, and can open a good number of "stock" RV locks with my key. Installing an after-market latch and replacing the locks in your storage compartments would be a good idea if you're concerned about theft.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:52 AM   #9
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Locks only keep honest people out......happy camping!
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:57 AM   #10
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Keeping it in the trailer is not good. A few years ago I had a detachable face radio in my car to prevent theft. After a few months I grew tired of removing and carrying the face plate around so I began chucking it under my seat in the car.

After a few months if doing that someone broke into my car, found the faceplate under the seat and took the radio.
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