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Old 01-12-2021, 10:41 PM   #1
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Chassis Battery Replace Vegas 24.1

I have a 2014 Vegas that I just bought. It is in storage so I can't see the chassis battery to investigate. I've read and watched U-tube videos on how to access the battery by going through the passenger side sliding desk area. I also see that the claimed only way to add engine oil is through there.
Is there any way to do these two things from the front of the MH? It appears that the water level in the battery can only be checked from the passenger compartment, also. I'm readying myself to do what is necessary - I think that nothing has been done by the previous owner - - it only has 6K miles on it. After reading these forums after purchase I'll bet the oil has never been changed, either. TIA. Ed
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Old 01-12-2021, 11:10 PM   #2
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Wow...
Suggest that you also drain & fill all the fluids
Tires prob need replacement too!

As for the battery, the only other way to remove is thru the passenger wheel well after the tire/rim and splash guard is removed.
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Old 01-12-2021, 11:44 PM   #3
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I was afraid of that battery info. And yes, I replaced all 6 Michelins before I even got it home. Tires looked like they were brand new with a nice shiny tire coating-until. on closer inspection, dry rot and cracks - I think I could see the air inside the tire! Thanks, I'll do what I have to before any trips.
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Old 01-12-2021, 11:52 PM   #4
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Pull out that battery.
Invest in slightly longer cables.
Move the battery to the bin just in front of the door.
Its a pretty easy mod to do.
It will never be a fight again.
(If you weld, it will also fit just behind/below the passenger headlight or at the rear of the passenger fenderwell)

I was going to do my own oil changes but the savings was less than $500 over the next ten years.
Or
It would be really easy to put a door in that dash nook over the radio. Oil fill would be then be fast and easy.
Or
My phone camera is working again.
I'll get the pictures I owe you of the door and I'll get pics my cure for the oil fill problem.
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Old 01-13-2021, 01:12 AM   #5
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Thanks, Duckface. Now that I've read your response ENTIRELY, I'll do that mod for the access door, too. Thanks, Ed
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:53 PM   #6
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This is a link to my ultimate oil change solution.
Easy and cheap and spill proof.

And
My engine/chassis battery will go here.
If you don't have an axis you wont appreciate the new bin for size or new weight capacity.
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Old 01-13-2021, 10:34 PM   #7
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It's done and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I managed to cut through 3 sides and left the most forward sealant/insulation to act as a hinge. A simple 1x2 metal strap screwed to each side supports the cutout. Thanks for the oil mod info. I think I'll sit on that for a while, though.
And, as I thought, the battery had never been checked and the engine oil has not been changed. That's next. Ed.
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