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Old 10-28-2004, 11:14 PM   #1
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locks for battery box and propane box

I just got my new 19' International CCD! But the battery and propane boxes have no provisions to secure them. Any ideas?
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Old 10-29-2004, 08:45 AM   #2
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Battey box

I had the 22' International AS that had the same battery box on tthe A-frame. I swaged thimbles on both ends of a 1/8" piece of aircraft cable just long enough to go around the battery box and attached 2 footman's loops to the battery box itself (3/16" pop rivets with washers on the inside). I made the cable just long enough that a padlock could go through the thimbles. Aitcraft cable ius tough to cut. SOmeone could have taken the time to cut it and taken my battery, but I no longer worried about someone simply opening the battery box and walked off with the battery.

I'm sure that I posted a photo of it at some point in the distant past.
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Old 10-29-2004, 09:00 AM   #3
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Old 10-29-2004, 05:51 PM   #4
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Since the 19' has a twist lock top door, you could replace that non locking type with a keyed locker so that you'd need a key to open it.

As for the propane, that one might require a bit of engineering....tap tap....John!
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Old 10-31-2004, 12:49 PM   #5
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It is very "unsafe" to ever put a lock on any cover or door for LPG bottles or tanks.

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Old 10-31-2004, 12:59 PM   #6
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Chilao.

Read this:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ry+compartment

Then buy this:

http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...m?skunum=17109

And after that, you can say, that crazylev dude is the greatest!!! I'm votin' for him for President!!!

Seriously, though. This conversion took me all of five minutes, and I no longer have to pull the fuse for the electric jack to keep anyone from monkeying around with that. To use the jack, I just rest the wire on the terminal of the battery, and when I am done, I sort of tuck it in on the side of the battery.

Good luck.

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Old 10-31-2004, 01:04 PM   #7
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...oh, and as far as propane goes, I'm with Andy on this. In case of emergency, you want to have pretty easy access to those shut off valves.

I just take my two 30 pnd.propane tanks out and store them next to my furnace in the basement, near my canisters of amonium nitrate. Keeps 'em warm and happy.

(BTW: I am JUST KIDDING ABOUT THE LAST TWO SENTENCES!!!! Don't do that!!!)

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Exactly what I was thinkn' of.
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I just take my two 30 pnd.propane tanks out and store them next to my furnace in the basement, near my canisters of amonium nitrate. Keeps 'em warm and happy.
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You should NEVER store ammonium nitrate in the basement. Any moisture will cause it to harden into a solid lump. Best to blend it with some diesel fuel and store it in a dry place, like the bedroom.
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Yeah, that's right.

You might get more bang, for your buck too.
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Thanks for all your replies!

I think I paniced before thinking. I replaced the thumb screw latch on the battery box with a locking cam latch. I realized locking the propane box was a bad idea. I ended up using a cable and a padlock to secure the bar that holds down the propane tanks. This way the tanks can be turned off but they can't be lifted out.
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Exactly what I was thinkn' of.
If you want the same lock, go to Sears and buy a set of tool cabinet locks. They come in sets of three, keyed alike, for $15.
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