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Old 03-21-2017, 03:17 AM   #1
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Hanging heavy duty lead on back of battery tray

My heavy duty leads on the rear of the battery tray seem to hang down a bit to close to the road surface. I suppose I shouldn't be concerned insomuch as they haven't shorted out yet, but the original what seems to be some kind of nylon over-braid has perished, so I ought to replace that. I would estimate that with the tray fully closed, they hang about eight inches from the road surface.

Does anyone else battery leads have any type of support e.g. rubber harness which keeps they away from the road surface or do you have the same set up as me?
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:21 PM   #2
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Do you have some sort of spring to draw the free hanging loop of cables up and away from the road surface? I'm sure you can find something to bind the several cables together, which I think is your question. Hanging so close to the road they will surely catch on some road debris sooner or later. I remember mine has a long coil spring to draw them up and out of harms way.
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:39 PM   #3
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No, I don't have that. In fact, that's why I asked the question because interested to know if other people have that kind of set up or do they just hang when the tray of fully closed.


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Old 03-23-2017, 09:20 AM   #4
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A screen door spring available at any hardware store works well.
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Old 03-23-2017, 11:57 AM   #5
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Uh-hhmmm... if the "nylon over-braid" is no longer intact; are you saying the wires are bare? If so, that's problem #1. Especially if you intend to use a metal screen door spring.
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Old 03-23-2017, 12:03 PM   #6
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Battery Cables

I have a AS 325, it too has the battery drawer. I use solid rubber bunji cords in a "X" pattern to hold the cables up and I tuck then into the space behind the battery drawer tray. Of course the drawer can't be pulled out against the tension of the bunji cords. When I'm home I release one end of each bunji cord and let them hang down along with the cables so I can easily open the battery drawer.
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:08 PM   #7
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I too tucked the excess leads between the batteries and tray. In my drawer the smaller engine battery was secured by a top brace held on by two nuts that go on stationary bolts. The 2 larger cabin batteries seem to be have been held in place by a bungee cord or small tension strap by two eye bolts.

I do have a battery drawer question. What do you use to shield the battery tray and compartment from the road dirt and grim on the side that is open?

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Old 03-23-2017, 05:15 PM   #8
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Only the top is open on our drawer, and it doesn't collect as much junk as you would expect.

One of the cable terminals attached to the solenoid on the back of the battery drawer cracked loose on mine from repeated opening and closing of the drawer, causing all kinds of problems. If you can secure the cable so that there is no pressure on the terminals when the drawer is opened and closed it would be a good idea
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I too tucked the excess leads between the batteries and tray. In my drawer the smaller engine battery was secured by a top brace held on by two nuts that go on stationary bolts. The 2 larger cabin batteries seem to be have been held in place by a bungee cord or small tension strap by two eye bolts.

I do have a battery drawer question. What do you use to shield the battery tray and compartment from the road dirt and grim on the side that is open?

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Being new here you might not realize the many mohos have a battery drawer that actually slides out on drawer slides. Your coach like mine has a tray attached to the frame rail with access through a floor hatch behind the step. Yes the batteries are exposed to road grime but we don't have these long battery cables that have to extend as the drawer slides out.
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Being new here you might not realize the many mohos have a battery drawer that actually slides out on drawer slides. Your coach like mine has a tray attached to the frame rail with access through a floor hatch behind the step. Yes the batteries are exposed to road grime but we don't have these long battery cables that have to extend as the drawer slides out.
Thanks Dan! Anything we can do or use to protect battery compartment from road grime?
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Looking at the difficulty to construct a box around the batteries it's way down on the to do list. The batteries may not look too pretty but they still work. I clean the area when I change the batteries and that's about it.
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