Stair-step a battery

Stair-step a battery

 When I was young, I was told: “You’re too young to do that.” Or I remember hearing, “You’re not strong enough to do that.”

Now I’m much older, I’m told, “You’re too old to do that… It’s too risky.”

I never liked being told what I couldn’t do when I was young, and I don’t like being told I’m too old to do something now.

I’m old. I admit it. However, I’ve had a full life making decisions. I’ve made good ones and bad ones. I’m still alive.

The bad decisions have taught me caution. It’s why I feel confident about continuing to make decisions.

Stair-stepping a battery is one of my decisions today.

Here’s the situation.

I have to replace the battery in the Casita. It weighs about forty pounds. The Casita battery cavity is a tight fit. It requires sliding the battery to an exact position. I can’t just drop it straight down.

I know I lack the strength to muscle it in place. So, I’m going to have to use leverage.

My first phase is getting it from the car to the ground. I could lose control muscling that forty pounds the four feet from the tail gate of the car to the ground.

That’s not all.

Once it is on the ground, I must move it about twenty feet to the Casita battery cavity.

My solution is to stair-step the battery.

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I will muscle it to the edge of the rear bumper. Then I will muscle it on to a sturdy milk crate. After adjusting my stance, I will shift my position and lower it to the cart.

From there, it’s just a matter of wheeling it from the car to an appropriate place to wait until I can tow the Casita near it.

Phase One is relatively easy. Proper weight distribution eliminates any back injury. Phase Two will be tougher. Shoving the heavy battery into the battery compartment requires using lateral muscles. Muscles I don’t usually use. I will have to use elbow and knee leverage to accomplish it.

At this point, I shift my focus to another issue… The Emergency Trailer Breakaway Cable.

IF the Casita should happen to separate from the tow vehicle, the breakaway cable electrically locks its brakes. It is designed to minimize any damage to whatever is in its path. (that’s the easy way to explain all the terrible things that happen to run away trailers).

The Casita came with a cable that was much too long. Today I will replace it with a Zip Trailer Breakaway Cable.

zip bwcable-3

The first thing I did was to disconnect the electrical battery connection.

Now… Back to Phase Two by replacing the battery. I continue my stair-step battery procedure. The below photo sets the stage.

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I wheeled the Deep Cycle battery to the milk crate and lifted the battery up to it. Because of the Anderson Connector modification, there were no tangled wires to interfere with pulling the automobile battery from the battery cavity. You can see the clean battery cavity.

It was just a matter of switching the Anderson Connector from the automobile battery to the Deep Cycle battery.

I moved the automobile battery off the metal stool to the cart and positioned the Deep Cycle battery on the metal stool.

Now my grunting, sweating and physical efforts were used to maneuver the Deep Cycle battery into the proper position in the battery cavity.

Anderson connector

The final result. Until now, the two parts of the Anderson Connector have not been joined. A clean wiring installation without fear of getting shocked or damaging the Casita’s electronics. I tighten the aluminum clamp to ensure the battery doesn’t shift. I connect the Anderson Connector and check trailer lights for electricity to the trailer.

I am ready to tow the Casita to the Department of Motor Vehicles and have it inspected. I will do that at eight o’clock tomorrow morning.

It’s another saga of my hybrid Casita trailer I’ll share in my next post.

2 thoughts on “Stair-step a battery

  1. Marilyn Granger

    Wow! What fun. That one has better access than your other trailer did. We were in Morro Bay camping with Jeannie and Al and the battery went dead. Ben and Al went and purchases a new one and Ben installed it at the campground and taking the seat out was a tight job.

    It is too bad they don’t give you more room. We put in two 6-volt batteries and their life is so much longer when dry camping.


  2. josephlacey12

    Yes, it can be tight. However, the new wiring makes it a snap. I’m finishing up on my latest blog post… the water heater…



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