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Old 12-01-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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Are your batteries being fastened?

My batteries are sitting in the bay, not sure if I should fasten it up. Are yours floating or being tied down?

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I can see on mine where Newmar had straps from the factory to strap the down in the battery tray, they were not there when I bought it 25,000 miles ago, the batteries have never moved a bit without a strap on them and if a bunch of batteries do move I would check my air suspension (dropped to the frame) and or change the road I am traveling on. Mine sit in a tray that is app. 2-3" deep, they really can't go no where....... unless I was to "roll" it over.
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Mine are floating. Have never moved.
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thanks to both of you. the battery tray i had was a piece of black plastic and cracked. i replaced it with a same size plywood. now the pit is about 1/4" deep, not much but still keeps batteries anchored. if no others' are tied down, i guess i can leave it alone as well.
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thanks to both of you. the battery tray i had was a piece of black plastic and cracked. i replaced it with a same size plywood. now the pit is about 1/4" deep, not much but still keeps batteries anchored. if no others' are tied down, i guess i can leave it alone as well.
I see after a better look at your photo that yours are just sitting on a piece of plywood that you mentioned. If the do move a bit while normal driving take a tie down strap(small one) and go over both sets and snug them down. I am saying this cause it looks like you have no sides on what they are sitting on and they might move while traveling.
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I see after a better look at your photo that yours are just sitting on a piece of plywood that you mentioned. If the do move a bit while normal driving take a tie down strap(small one) and go over both sets and snug them down. I am saying this cause it looks like you have no sides on what they are sitting on and they might move while traveling.
good idea. i can use this i guess
Keeper 15 ft. x 1 in. x 300 lbs. Ratchet Tie-Down-89518 at The Home Depot

battery is about 130lbs each so 520lbs total weight. the spec says this strap's break strength is 900lbs; even in an accident resulting in upside down it should still hold ok. better safe than sorry
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Up side down!

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good idea. i can use this i guess
Keeper 15 ft. x 1 in. x 300 lbs. Ratchet Tie-Down-89518 at The Home Depot

about 130lbs each so 520lbs total weight. the spec says this strap break through at 900lbs; even in an accident resulting in upside down it should still hold ok. better safe than sorry
If you somehow wind up upside down(god for bid) those batteries are going to be the least of your concerns.......
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If you somehow wind up upside down(god for bid) those batteries are going to be the least of your concerns.......
roflmao... were it happened, the battery terminals could touch the frame and causing fire... couldn't imagine that... safe rving now
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overturn and battery to frame should be a big concern. Mine are held down with straps and a 3/8 plywood cross piece. Been boating for a very long time and even in our large 42 foot boat all the batteries are tied down. sure if you overturn there many other problems but that would eliminate at lease that problem.
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Good point La Dagobago. Will strap them down firmly.
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I have a tendency to agree with the folks that recommend to tie them down. The unexpected is what seems to get us in trouble, so prepare for the unexpected.
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Ideally secured. But lots of them out there that are not without notable consequences.
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Ours are fixed in position and they all should be. You would not have to roll the coach over for them to be a problem, a good pot hole or speed bump could cause a lot of problems.
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