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Old 11-16-2017, 08:50 PM   #1
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Battery Stolen, Wires Cut, Now What?

So at some point between the last time I checked my battery water level and this week, my battery was stolen, they even cut the cables.

How do I best repair this?




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Old 11-16-2017, 09:10 PM   #2
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I’m sorry this happened to you. I would just remove the cable, taking pictures first of any routing and connections. Then go to an rv or automotive store and ask for the identical gauge of wire and the length you need. The battery cable you buy should come with battery connections to fit the battery you purchase. Then reconnect as you removed. Shouldn’t be too difficult depending where the connections are, probably under the frame not far from the nose/front.

Second option, pay a mechanic to do it.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:13 PM   #3
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Can I still use my trailer with an electric hookup without the battery?


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Old 11-16-2017, 09:21 PM   #4
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Not sure, but donít think so. Several of your systems require 12v, which comes from the battery. The shore power recharges the battery through your converter. Example is the slide(s), ceiling lights, computer boards for furnace and refrigerator. I was about to list more, but Iím beginning to confuse myself.

Even if you could use it without a battery, laws require a battery for towing because of the brake away switch to activate the brakes in such a sensario.

Iím sure someone will answer your question for sure.
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:48 AM   #5
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My son is a Sheriff in Pemiscot County MO. He said stealing batteries is a big problem there. Especially for farmers who use pivot rigs. Meth heads are stealing them and buying drugs.
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:20 AM   #6
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Steve7 explained that very well... I only have one thing to add to his explanation...You do not have to replace the whole cable...You can buy two copper splices trim back the rubber shield on the cables and SOLDER a new piece of cable onto the old cable cover with shrink wrap to make up the cable that was cut away...Would save a lot of time and trouble...

PS...don't know if that is the correct spelling for SOLDER...spell check was no help...I hope some one on forum can give correct spelling...DO NOT JUST CRIMP CABLES MAKE SURE TO SOLDER OR WELD, so to speak, TOGETHER...That way they can not pull apart...
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:29 AM   #7
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FOUND IT

The correct spelling is SOLDER...

PS...forgot to say sorry about your battery that really sucks, where was your camper parked...?
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:44 AM   #8
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So at some point between the last time I checked my battery water level and this week, my battery was stolen, they even cut the cables.

How do I best repair this?




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Sounds like you parked at the same place I store mine, they got 30 batteries one night by cutting the wires and straps that hold the case down. I keep mine in a pickup truck tool box I mounted to the front of the trailer, it will at least slow them down. When I did this I had to get new wires, so I went to a car audio store and purchased the wires, I am thinking it was 8awg, and I replaced with 4 awg because they already had it cut. They also had the ends to put on the wire for me. Once you have the wires, you should be able to pull that black cover off and then loosen 2 nuts to replace the wires. [ Just a thought, sorry you have to go through this because of someone else's bad habits.
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:55 AM   #9
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Yea so sorry. I hate a scumbag. (Theif). If the cables are long enough you can do as stated above and add connections. If not take one to get correct size. Did they break into the storage or was it unlocked?
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:05 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone!
I have my trailer parked in my driveway which is at the back of my lot and Tís into an ally. My neighborhood is kinda dicey, so I guess I should have expected it.

The battery was just in the black box with the strap holding it closed. Iíve been thinking of rigging something to padlock it down.

I think I will look to do the solder method.


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