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FYI: Interim Fix for Failed Battery Tray Latch [2020 LEI]


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On our most recent outing one of our battery tray latches failed. The pin on the left/fore side of the battery tray was totally missing as was the rivet/pin on which the rear of the latch pawl pivots. Fortunately I found the latch pawl itself loose in the battery compartment. Our temporary fix to get us home included tie wraps and, of course, duct tape to secure the latch pawl in place. The right (aft) side battery tray latch was not affected.

Until such time we can arrange a permanent repair, I'm confident that our semi-permanent solution pictured below will serve to keep the tray secure. It consists of a stainless steel anchor shackle holding the latch pawl in place so that it cannot be raised whatsoever, thereby preventing the battery tray from sliding out. I found that the 3/16" shackle fits perfectly, with the anchor shackle pin fitting snugly in the holes.

For reference the particular shackle I used is made by National Hardware, #N100-347 and available at Lowe's. Hopefully this information is helpful to those who may experience the same failure. Be safe everyone.  - Brian

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Brian and Maria | and furbabies Lucas and Joie | Western NC
2020 Elite I | Hull 583 | February 6 Delivery
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Back in the day when these trays only came with one latch, there was discussion about what was to be done in the event that single latch failed.  This led to simply drilling a hole in about the same place as your shackle is pictured and placing a stainless bolt through that hole.  It works!

Bill

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Here is a pic of our battery tray in our 2020 LEll. No issues to date. It appears quite robust and solid.

 

 

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On 5/27/2021 at 3:34 PM, Brian and Maria said:

I found that the 3/16" shackle fits perfectly, with the anchor shackle pin fitting snugly in the holes.

For reference the particular shackle I used is made by National Hardware, #N100-347 and available at Lowe's.

Corrections: The shackle size that I used as pictured in my original post is 1/4" made by National Hardware #N100-278. I apologize for any confusion. - Brian

Brian and Maria | and furbabies Lucas and Joie | Western NC
2020 Elite I | Hull 583 | February 6 Delivery
2018 F150 XLT 4x4 Supercrew | 3.5L V6 EB | Max Trailer Tow | Undercover Elite Tonneau

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