Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 

Go Back   Thor Forums > Thor Tech Forums > Maintenance and Repair
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-11-2021, 09:46 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
TerryJames's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2017 Axis 25.2 E-450
State: Texas
Posts: 136
THOR #4181
Axis-Vegas Chassis Battery Replace - Video

Hi Folks, recently changed out the Axis Chassis Battery. With all the assistance from the Forum … it’s really not too bad with a little planning. For folks new to the Axis / Vegas maybe a detailed example video is useful.

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AmmCA9ceR2_4iJ0G...XWfFA?e=znPJGM

If you just wish the slides without the narration:
https://1drv.ms/b/s!AmmCA9ceR2_4iJ0H...KncXA?e=rJdbcz

Thank you again to all the Forum members who made this easy for me. Many different ways to do things of course.
Best Regards,
James

__________________
2017 Axis 25.2 on E-450
Sugar Land, (Houston) Texas
https://www.pinnacleresults.com/
TerryJames is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2021, 10:23 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Calman's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 24.1
State: North Carolina
Posts: 322
THOR #11380
Maybe Ed can put the link in a revision of his Great and Wonderful Vegas "How to and What to Not Do" Manual.
__________________
Cal Bridgers
YNCM USN-Retired (64-90)
RVN (Tet 68)
2015 Thor Vegas 24.1
Calman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2021, 11:23 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: '17-Vegas 24.1
State: California
Posts: 1,963
THOR #13362
Very well done!
Thank you for taking the time.
__________________
'17 Vegas 24.1
Fallbrook, CA
taylorbob1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2021, 04:25 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: California
Posts: 10
THOR #17811
Thanks for the video. Between that video and the great GNACH, I was able to replace the original chassis battery in my Axis. Can't believe a car company would make an inevitable replacement such a chore. But it's done! The one obstacle that messed with me was that the new battery (AGM) had the terminals on the opposite of the battery. The cables wouldn't stretch. I rotated the battery 180 degrees and the cables barely reached, but barely was good enough! How much, I wonder, would a mechanic charge for that install?
__________________
musicflog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2021, 03:25 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Scubawise's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2020 Vegas 25.6
State: Montana
Posts: 2,168
THOR #20220
i just had to new group 31 interstate installed my RV tech in montana $50..
__________________
Montana 2020 Thor Vegas 25.6
Wife and I & 2 Golden Retrievers Happy Campers!!
tandem biking, hiking, tennis, scuba,fishing,cross country skiing, snowshoeing
Retired H.S. Principal, Sr. Engineer & Life & Health Insurance Agent
"Today is a Gift and Why it is called the Present"
Scubawise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2021, 03:46 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 24.1
State: Florida
Posts: 734
THOR #5313
I changed mine, added tabs to hold knockout in place. Other than pulling the desk screws, was easy straight forward job.

I killed breaker to converter during job so I had A/C and music.

One note of caution to those who keep units plugged in : It is very easy to assume battery is okay as you unplug and hit road. I found out battery was failing when I stopped for gas 30 miles from home with running lights on. Vegas would not turn over, started RV generator put battery charger on boost and it barely started. If battery too low, emergency start will not work. I have since stuck a volrmeter in cigarette lighter and will unplug, let sit and look at reserve voltage before start. Is usually 12.6/7. Battery I replaced was 8.9 unplugged, so battery was really tired at 3 years. I had used cig plug meter in my other road vehicles and just stupidly ignored RV.
__________________
Muggs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2021, 04:45 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Model: 25.2 Axis
State: Arizona
Posts: 787
THOR #3471
Quote:
Originally Posted by Muggs View Post
I changed mine, added tabs to hold knockout in place. Other than pulling the desk screws, was easy straight forward job.



I killed breaker to converter during job so I had A/C and music.



One note of caution to those who keep units plugged in : It is very easy to assume battery is okay as you unplug and hit road. I found out battery was failing when I stopped for gas 30 miles from home with running lights on. Vegas would not turn over, started RV generator put battery charger on boost and it barely started. If battery too low, emergency start will not work. I have since stuck a volrmeter in cigarette lighter and will unplug, let sit and look at reserve voltage before start. Is usually 12.6/7. Battery I replaced was 8.9 unplugged, so battery was really tired at 3 years. I had used cig plug meter in my other road vehicles and just stupidly ignored RV.


What meter do you plug in and where can I get one
__________________
Hugh.vines@att.net is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2021, 04:54 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 24.1
State: Florida
Posts: 734
THOR #5313
Is voltage/temp and has to USB outlets for phone charging off amazon. Search cigarette lighter volt meter in amazon and it should show up. Make sure to get reads in f instead of C on temp side.
__________________
Muggs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2021, 05:03 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 24.1
State: Georgia
Posts: 263
THOR #21919
Does Thor provide remote jump start terminals for the chassis battery? I don't have my Vegas yet, it's scheduled to be built this month. I was just curious.
__________________
- 2022 Vegas 24.1
- Former US Marine - 1988-1996
sportcoupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2021, 05:50 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
TerryJames's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2017 Axis 25.2 E-450
State: Texas
Posts: 136
THOR #4181
Hi, sportcoupe
You may find this jumper useful. Has saved us several times.
https://www.thorforums.com/forums/sh...7&postcount=21
__________________
2017 Axis 25.2 on E-450
Sugar Land, (Houston) Texas
https://www.pinnacleresults.com/
TerryJames is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thor Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




All times are GMT. The time now is 01:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2