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Old 08-27-2020, 01:25 PM   #1
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Request recommendation for battery tie downs

I have a 2018 Chateau 31E with 2 batteries under the entry steps. I am on my 4th set of battery hold-down straps in less than 3 years. Some had flimsy webbing that failed. The current ones have decent webbing but plastic buckles, which have now broken.


Has anyone here found some good hold-down straps that last? Or perhaps a more elegant solution besides straps to hold the batteries in place?

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Old 08-27-2020, 01:43 PM   #2
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The factory straps are junk. The sewn ends come apart after a couple months.

At first I switched to these straps. They are better but it is hard to get them tight enough.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I finally switched to these....

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I bought two of them (one for each side of the batteries) and then drilled holes in the tray and used RivNuts / Nut-Serts so I could screw in the bolts to hold them down.

So far they are working great on my Magnitude. I placed them in the center of both battery banks so they actually keep all four batteries in place nicely!
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Old 08-27-2020, 04:41 PM   #3
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The factory straps are junk. The sewn ends come apart after a couple months.

At first I switched to these straps. They are better but it is hard to get them tight enough.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I finally switched to these....

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I bought two of them (one for each side of the batteries) and then drilled holes in the tray and used RivNuts / Nut-Serts so I could screw in the bolts to hold them down.

So far they are working great on my Magnitude. I placed them in the center of both battery banks so they actually keep all four batteries in place nicely!

Thanks. For that last item you switched to, I'm having a hard time picturing how that works. Where do the long bolt and short bolt go?


I'm thinking something like this might work, but you'd have to drill holes in the lower tray.



https://www.amazon.com/Products-UV00..._t2_B000CO76EW


Or maybe this:



https://www.amazon.com/Camco-55394-S...9SP26ZQ7XM49Q3
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