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Old 03-18-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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Lock for Battery Box

We just picked-up our new 27' FB Serenity AS this weekend and park it in the community lot near our home. The batteries in the front box have only a twist turn latch to keep the top closed. I would like to replace it with an actual lock. Any ideas on where I can get a replacement and maybe what size diameter the lock needs to be?
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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That hole in the battery box where the lever is will take a key lock version. You can get one at most any RV supply store like Camping World.


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Old 03-18-2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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Use Internet search engine (e.g., Google) to look for "baggage lock". See typical link, below:
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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I bought a stainless steel cam lock from Grainger.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:36 PM   #5
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I went to our local security/lock store and brought in my lock to the luggage compartment and they had a lock that fit the battery box it is an automotive style lock. I had them both keyed the same. thought one less key. then I had the water door keyed the same. One key three locks!
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:24 AM   #6
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Hi, unless you drill two holes into the lid of the battery box and into the main body of the battery box, and install pad locks, you are wasting your time and money. The lid is only a thin piece of sheet metal and can be easily pried open.

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:44 AM   #7
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Locks only help keep honest people stay honest. At best, they provide a time factor exposure to criminals, so honest citizen might see them and they decide to move on to an easier prey.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:19 PM   #8
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Propane tanks

While on the subject of locking stuff, I use a bicycle U-type lock for my propane tanks. Run it through both of the tanks and it keeps them and the cover secure. The cover and tanks would cost you 1K to replace. Much more expensive than two marine batteries. I also use the trailer safety chains and a serious padlock to secure my generator at the trailer tongue. Can barely hear my Cummins generator from that location also.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:43 PM   #9
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I took the latch lock out of the battery box and took it to Ace Hardware where I found a direct replacement with a key...I also replaced the same locks on the outside frig compartment doors with the same lock, all keyed the same.

I do agree with ROBERTSUNRUS that this will only deter those who don't want to take the time to break into the battery box... If you really want to protect the battery box from serious intruders, you will have to be more aggressive.
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Unable to unlock 1 battery compartment

With the key, pliers and some WD 40 I finally got 1 battery box open. I haven't been able to open the other yet - the key bends. From the discussion above, it sounds like a replacement lock should be readily available. Since this is on the front of the trailer where all the water and dirt will hit, are there covers to protect a new lock from getting frozen up? Any suggestions on getting the other one open? Thanks!

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