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Old 02-24-2019, 11:17 PM   #1
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Panel for removing Vegas battery from the side

Anyone ever thought of putting a panel through the side wall to the right of the current chassis battery? I got a great fiberglass/body guy and I'm going to see if he can do it while maintaining side wall strength in all directions. I m thinking a powder coated thin metal panel with the removed section mounted on it's inner surface and trimmed to fit with lots of machine screws to secure the panel. Taking off 20 screws would sure be better than what we have to do now. After this experience, I'd hate to do it in nature.



Also, I'm changing the chassis battery and the house batteries to AGM any thoughts or warnings would be great. Thanks
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:31 PM   #2
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Rumor has it that you can remove the battery through the wheel well.
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Old 02-25-2019, 12:39 PM   #3
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I wont not go though all that trouble plus it might hurt the resale value of your RV (not to mention the cost).

It dont take that long to remove the desk from inside the RV. I took mine off to see what its all about (Plus I insulated with Dynomatt) and it only took me 10 minutes tops. Lot of threads on removing desk on a Axis/Vegas with pictures.

Some are using brackets to hold wood in place when done so you might want to figure how your going to replace the wood section before you start the procedure.

Once you cut the wood and rig up hold down of some sort it will be much quicker to replace your battery in the future.

I would also go with an AGM replacement battery.
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:05 PM   #4
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JamieGeek:
You have a 14
Have you replaced your chassis battery yet?
(I assume your E350 is a 13, so that makes your battery 6 yrs old?)
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Old 02-25-2019, 04:32 PM   #5
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JamieGeek:
You have a 14
Have you replaced your chassis battery yet?
(I assume your E350 is a 13, so that makes your battery 6 yrs old?)
Nope, the house battery lasted one season before it went. So far the chassis battery has been working well despite my attempts to kill it (I've drained it dead twice now but so far it still holds a charge).
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Old 02-25-2019, 08:45 PM   #6
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The chassis battery in my 2015 Vegas 24.1 has been changed through wheel well. Turn wheels fully (can't recall left or right) and with one guy above the battery handing it down to fellow below the battery, it can be removed and new one installed.
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:21 PM   #7
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Interesting
I thought I read that detail somewhere within the Forum
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:25 PM   #8
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The chassis battery in my 2015 Vegas 24.1 has been changed through wheel well. Turn wheels fully (can't recall left or right) and with one guy above the battery handing it down to fellow below the battery, it can be removed and new one installed.


Yeppers, turn the wheels all the way to the right pull the wheel well panel and lower the battery down through the wheel well.....
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:36 PM   #9
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taylorbob1, there was a similar thread on this forum quite some time ago. I believe I posted on it as well. That may be where you read about approaches to changing the chassis battery. I'm sure it will be a topic that comes up from time to time.
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:00 PM   #10
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I saw that but there is a panel that runs to the sidewall that makes it more difficult than coming at it from the passenger side. I replaced the lead acid with an AGM with higher cranking amps and so far so good. I took the wooden piecd mounted it to a thin piece of alum that was an inch or so wider and dropped it in place. and taped the alum piece in with alum tape. Hopefully all is well. I think I will eventually go back and put more insulation on the bottom side (facing the engine).


I have an appointment with the body shop I used for years and want to see if he thinks if a side panel is doable while maintaining the structural strength in all axis.



Looking at the R Side engine compartment it also looks like filling the oil and pulling the dip stick could be made much easier from that same area.
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:06 PM   #11
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Put in an AGM with higher AMPS - working well so far - 1 day LOL.


I'm an engineer and if I do try the panel it will be well researched and look like it came from the factory. Thanks and if I do i will try to remember Pixs.
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