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Old 08-12-2019, 11:06 PM   #1
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Question Help with House Battery Location

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I am new to the RV world (just retired). I purchased a 2004 Elk Motors RV built on a Sprinter 3500 chassis. There was no owner's manual and the previous owner inherited it from his father in law and knew nothing about it. I am figuring things out as I am the farthest thing from an expert myself. I think I have found the house battery in the back underneath or close to being underneath the refrigerator. The bed is in the middle on this one. Sink, fridge and toilet in back. My question is does anyone know if I have to take the fridge out to check the house battery on this one or is there and easier way. It seems to be working fine but getting ready to take a life long planned trip out west and want to make sure. Also would you recommend adding a battery monitor? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
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Congrats on your new rv. Never heard of the brand, so getting a manual may be hard, but don't give up without a search.

Usually, coach batteries are mounted externally so that lead-acid gasses are not in the living area of the coach. Have you definitely ruled out the batteries are not in an outside compartment or underneath?

It is possible with sealed batteries (AGM or gell) to have them reside within the living area. If so, they would usually be mounted close to the main wiring area. If you have found a battery-disconnect switch, it's likely they are located nearby under a bed, seat, or behind a lower cabinet.

Just remember, there are shock hazards once you open things to get into this area. Be careful, unplug, and be safe around electrical components. Consult an expert if necessary. Just know a typical mechanic or electrician may not know the particulars of an rv electrical system since they are unique.

Good luck.
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Thank you!!!
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You might want to confirm the make, Google doesnít recognize the name Elk Motors. 2004 would have been a very early Sprinter conversion done in someoneís garage. Sprinter didnít receive widespread North America exposure until marketed by Dodge/Freightliner in 2003.
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You might want to confirm the make, Google doesn’t recognize the name Elk Motors. 2004 would have been a very early Sprinter conversion done in someone’s garage. Sprinter didn’t receive widespread North America exposure until marketed by Dodge/Freightliner in 2003.
Toyman makes a great point about confirming the make. Some Class B owners will remove as much branding as they can so the Class B looks less like an RV. It could be possible that a dealer put their own branding on the RV later.

If you post photos someone here might recognize it.

Leisure Travel was the first well known brand to offer a Sprinter based Class B I think. Here's a link that lists other brands available back then: http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f5...-rvs-2594.html
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Check the driver's door stickers. Should be one for the chassis maker and one for the upfitter.
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