Hello from NC. I have been biking forever and just bought my first e-Bike as a Trek Verve+ 4S. I wanted a bike that could double peddling for fitness, but also enjoy exploring other cities when traveling in my RV. I also bought a Kuat NV Base 2.0 as it pairs well to the additional weight of the bike. I found this forum while searching for an empty (or fake) replacement for the battery holder. I would rather not leave the battery installed while it sits atop the NV Base both for weather/temp and dirt considerations. Seems it would be a good idea to keep the battery inside the cabin, but also protect the battery tube contacts, etc. on the bike as well while transporting. I also picked up a Comnova bike cover to help keep road debris off the bike, but that isn't a guarantee in my mind. So if anyone has crossed that bridge already I would appreciate any advice or ideas you have. Other than that, I think I'm good to go until I have some miles under my belt. Looking forward to learning everything I don't know..!!