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Old 12-20-2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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Battery Compartment

Hi all, first post here. I have a 31.5 BHDS fiver (Eagle Superlite) with the exterior battery compartment just in front of the front axle on the curb side. I'm not sure if all the fivers have the same type of setup for the batteries. What I have, for lack of a better term is a plastic cubby, which has a sliding tray that will hold two 12v batteries, secured by a nylon strap. There is a metal door with a lock on the outside.

I recently switched over to two 6v batteries, and they are too tall to fit in the tray. My concern is that there is no real way to secure the 6v batteries in the compartment. There is nothing inside the compartment to anchor a strap or brace to. I made a metal brace that goes across the opening of the compartment to give the door a fighting chance if the batteries shifted hard enough in a wild left turn. There is about 3.5" of clearance on either side of the batteries for them to slide around.

Is this an issue I should be concerned with, or are the batteries heavy enough that they won't go sliding around? What have you done to secure your larger batteries in the outside compartment? Thank you.
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum Alex00! You found the right place to interact! There are Jayco specific techies that love questions like you posted. Lotsa 5'er owners here too.
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Thanks Healthi, I'm glad I found my way over here.
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:11 PM   #4
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Something very simple that came to mind, take a few rolled up newspapers and wedge them between the batteries and the compartment walls for a quick fix....it will eliminate the shifting and you can roll up or adjust the papers to fit...spilled battery acid (if it happens) will be absorbed by the paper. I'm sure someone else will have a more professional idea but I was raised on the farm and you learn to use whats available when you break down in the field.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:23 PM   #5
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Something very simple that came to mind, take a few rolled up newspapers and wedge them between the batteries and the compartment walls for a quick fix....it will eliminate the shifting and you can roll up or adjust the papers to fit...spilled battery acid (if it happens) will be absorbed by the paper. I'm sure someone else will have a more professional idea but I was raised on the farm and you learn to use whats available when you break down in the field.
That's a great idea except the compartment gets a lot of water when it rains. I may end up cutting some wood blocks to fit. Thank you for the idea. If it was summer I'd run out and do it right now.
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You might want to try a few strips of velcro on the bottom as well. It might work.
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I put in 2 6 volt batteries and was in your situation. I cut some wood blocks to put along side and between the batteries and the door. It works good and I have had no problems at all.
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Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll be going with the wood blocks.
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I have to ask. What is the advantage of 2-6 volt batteries as opposed to 2-12 volt batteries.
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I have to ask. What is the advantage of 2-6 volt batteries as opposed to 2-12 volt batteries.
2-6's have more storage capacity and due to the thicker plates will last far longer...
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