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Old 05-11-2018, 11:38 AM   #1
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Battery Box Security

Anyone using security lock or other items to secure battery box? Looking for ideals on securing the box on FC FB27
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:45 AM   #2
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I'm told the lock on the outside shower is interchangeable with the battery box thumb catch.
I wonder about the rain hitting the lock mechanism in this case though and rusting internally.
Another idea is to drill a couple holes through the battery box sides and put a padlock through each side.

In reality, are batteries being stolen that often?
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:47 AM   #3
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Just a rather territorial set of doggies, and the word in the neighborhood is that I tend to shoot first....and ask questions later, in case anyone is hanging around my Airstream....

In my case, the batteries are so darn heavy and tight in the battery box it would be hard to steal them...and if they were stolen, it will save me the effort of getting them out to replace them--they are very near end-of-life already...
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:48 PM   #4
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Colonial Airstream in NJ advertises that it includes a battery box lock with every sale. Might want to contact them to see if they will sell you one and what type it is.
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About 5 years ago, when I upgraded the batteries on the 27FB, I found a locking catch at the local hardware store that fit perfectly. In that time, no problems at all with rusting or sticky lock.

Then again, I agree that there is probably a low risk of theft for wet cell or AGM batteries. The pricy lithiums, maybe a different matter.
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:15 PM   #6
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Full disclosure - I am going to park the AS this Fall for 6 weeks in another state and return home. Iím that guy with crap for luck. I figure proper planning will ensure I roll up, throw my battery cut off switch to on and the beautiful AGMs will power up ... I drive towards Arizona singing Happy Trails.
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:21 PM   #7
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California Immobilizer Battery Box lock $99.

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I took the thumb latch off of my battery box and carried it to the locksmith at my local Ace Hardware store and told him I wanted a key lock replacement. He carried me to the shelf and handed me one. The first photo is the pair of them on the counter with the bag it came in. (I bought more then one intending to put two on the rear bumper cover.) The second photo is it installed on the battery box.



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Old 05-11-2018, 09:35 PM   #9
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^^^ That looks like a pretty good idea to me. Thanks for posting the pics.
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Our solution was to put lithium batteries under the bed. Now we use the battery box to store lynx blocks and chocks.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:55 AM   #11
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Our solution was to put lithium batteries under the bed. Now we use the battery box to store lynx blocks and chocks.


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Full disclosure - I am going to park the AS this Fall for 6 weeks in another state and return home. Iím that guy with crap for luck. I figure proper planning will ensure I roll up, throw my battery cut off switch to on and the beautiful AGMs will power up ... I drive towards Arizona singing Happy Trails.
Or you could pull them and set them inside the trailer. :-)
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When our 25FB was in for spring maintenance at Colonial, I had them swap the thumb latch for a keyed latch. I think it was somewhere around $140 in parts and labor. The new latch uses the same CH751 key as the shower, water, etc. so we also have one less key to worry about. I can take a picture of the new latch this weekend if you would like to see what it looks like.
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When our 25FB was in for spring maintenance at Colonial, I had them swap the thumb latch for a keyed latch. I think it was somewhere around $140 in parts and labor. The new latch uses the same CH751 key as the shower, water, etc. so we also have one less key to worry about. I can take a picture of the new latch this weekend if you would like to see what it looks like.
$140????????? The keyed latch I posted pictures of above was about $7 or $8, and took me all of 3 minutes to install. Admittedly, it has a separate key.
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