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Old 08-13-2019, 07:29 PM   #1
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Battery hold downs

My MH has four house batteries sitting on four separate stationary angle iron trays just behind the rear wheel. There is no hold down for the batteries and that seems wrong to me. Is there supposed to be hold downs for those batteries ?
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If your coach /chassis is like mine the factory tie downs "were " nylon straps , over the years those straps disappear, due to corrosive gasses from the batteries and most owners don't replace them .

BTW: 8 1/2 years and 35,000 miles of driving ( including many trips on the infamous California I-5 ) my batteries haven't moved any more than they could have with the nylon straps in place.

Here's a photo , of an all electric coach battery bank showing the straps .
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My 1999 Tradewinds four 6V batteries sat in a tray about 1.5" deep originally with hold downs that were a hard plastic that got brittle and disappeared over the years. They were off for the last four years with no evidence of ever having been needed.
Last month I had a new battery tray fabricated from my design to hold taller AGM batteries in the same place. I gave them a front lip of 2.25" in the front and 5.25" in the back with a provision to have two hold downs. Now I'm not sure that it's necessary and I may or may not ever add them.
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How high can you bounce a 60lb battery? I don't think even a large young man can get my batteries to move with the cables installed.
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How high can you bounce a 60lb battery? I don't think even a large young man can get my batteries to move with the cables installed.
And my big AGM batteries are 90 lbs each!
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I have had a lot of batteries bounce, large ones as well. However I don't drive the motor home on the same trails as on the ranch.

don't use nylon anything around lead acid batteries as it dissolves very quickly in the vapor
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