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Old 11-18-2018, 08:43 AM   #1
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Sometime Saturday morning, the gremlins decided my batteries shouldn't belong on my 26rls anymore and attempted to remove them while it was parked in my driveway. Fortunately, they were scared away by someone and didn't complete what they started. But they did manage to cut my cables.
What do you recommend for dual battery protection, safey, security, and wear, in the Pacific northwest climate? Are steel straps not enough and having two more locks to beal with a hassle? Is a Diamond plate box too heavy and prone to corrosion? Talk to me, Goose.
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While you're waiting for Goose I'll ask do they need to be there? If it won't be used over the winter take the batteries indoors and put them on maintainers.
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Cameras and motion sensor lighting. You’ve got more than batteries to protect.
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Looks like they have bolt cutters for padlocks, so maybe simply bolting them in with a piece of 1 1/2 x 1/8 strap formed over top will stop them. Use Allen head bolts with nylon locking nuts. Most gremlins don't carry Allen wrenches as far as I know.
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Home Depot garden steel zip ties. Connect them as needed and secure to frame and snugly to batteries. Hard to cut with bolt cutters. Need dremmel.
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I've been using these for about 8 years and haven't had any batteries grow legs.

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Even with a weakly locked compartment, I take the batteries out and put them in the garage on a battery tender during non-use times >2 months.

Out of sight, out of mind. Same with propane tanks. Yours was a wake-up call.
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On a RV forum somewhere, a fellow used a strap set up, bolted together with torx heads---filled with Goop.
None of the meth heads I know have torx wrenches with them. One law breaker did have a Craftsman brand crescent wrench, and he was considered a master mechanic though......
The HD strap set up video here does have some merit.
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I just did this. Very easy. A bolt cutter can probably cut the locks but it will deter the person looking for an easy score.
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I've got them, but on the back side of the trailer. I've got the tanks and the hitch double locked but I've still found tweakers lifting my cover before.
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Ah,, I have some strap and a couple of extra locks, I'll do this until I winterize.
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Home Depot garden steel zip ties. Connect them as needed and secure to frame and snugly to batteries. Hard to cut with bolt cutters. Need dremmel.
Hadn't heard of these. I have a HD really close by, I check that out this weekend. Between steel strap and this I think that would keep the weight down and since these are no maintenance batteries, accessing them on the road shouldn't likely happen (famous last words).
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