Originally Posted by daveb
So Pete, what exactally (the part of the van) did the hot post contact? Was the battery secured correctly? In the past SMB used zip ties but I don't know who did your install. Even SMB mounts them in various locations. Obviously clearance is a concern with your problem.
Hard to describe it exactly, but it was a part of the body, not the frame. There was a space cut out in the sheet metal between the frame and the outside of the body, where the battery fit in. It was an SMB install. The post hit a metal edge that was left in the space. There was no zip ties, as was mentioned above, it appeared that the battery was just held in by gravity. That said, any securing on the top of the battery wouldn't have done anything, I jammed it so far up into the body, that it didn't matter. I think the only thing that possibly could have stopped it, was if there was some type of cover over the top of the battery to shield the metal to metal contact. Even that, could have easily been compromised by the amount of force I put on it.