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Old 12-10-2017, 03:52 PM   #1
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battery access

bought 2017 last march--can't access engine battery at all -any one as annoyed as me?? looking into having access door installed on side of coach. I was told if that battery drops below 3 volts its a complete no start. (true-- mine has done it 4 times and needed to have charger hook up) Thor would not replace mine. What if your boondocking etc. Why no house battery backup???
It's supposed to be a 1 hour job for 2 people to change or $100 + battery.
ANYBODY GOT A BETTER WAY TO SOLVE THIS???
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Old 12-10-2017, 03:56 PM   #2
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First of all it would be helpful for the rest of us to know what brand/model RV do you have?
I'm guessing you have a class A (since a Class C has the regular OEM hood you can open to get access to the chassis battery).

Given your annoyance I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you have a Vegas or Axis unit both of which does have limited access to the chassis battery.

The best way to gain access (if you have an Axis or Vegas) is to remove the "desk" in front of the passenger seat (someone, in the mods thread I think, installed an access panel there).

Ah here is the access panel:
http://www.thorforums.com/forums/f27...anel-9209.html
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Old 12-10-2017, 04:19 PM   #3
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Don't you have an "Emergency Start" switch?
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Old 12-10-2017, 04:43 PM   #4
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bought 2017 last march--can't access engine battery at all -any one as annoyed as me?? looking into having access door installed on side of coach. I was told if that battery drops below 3 volts its a complete no start. (true-- mine has done it 4 times and needed to have charger hook up) Thor would not replace mine. What if your boondocking etc. Why no house battery backup???
It's supposed to be a 1 hour job for 2 people to change or $100 + battery.
ANYBODY GOT A BETTER WAY TO SOLVE THIS???


When we had a Sprinter chassis I installed a switch under the driverís seat to connect house batteries when needed.
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Old 12-17-2017, 12:57 AM   #5
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I had a battery problem like yours right after I bought my 2016 vegas.
Dealer changed it out. They accessed the battery by removing the right front wheel and the wheel well. Less than 1 hour.
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:53 AM   #6
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Axis/Vegas Battery Access

Yes, it is a pain how they did or did not plan for chassis battery access on these RVs. It appears most of us have bit the bullet and have removed the passenger desk area, cut an opening in the wood, installed a hinge in some cases and then sealed it back up with some type of tape.

I can see where it would be possible to remove the right tire and the wheel well panel over the tire to access the battery area but what a pain in the behind! I also took the opportunity to reroute the two air ducts that were placed directly above the battery posts making a possible arcing with the metal springs inside the ducts possible.

This unfortunately is one of the prices we pay for putting a box over a stripped chassis. Still drives better in my opinion than a Class C for comfort. Just my personal opinion.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:45 PM   #7
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