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Old 05-17-2018, 08:35 PM   #1
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OK guys I have a 2010 190 with the battery tray behind the pass. rear wheel and the slides are FROZEN! What did you do to free it up? I know there's probably a few posts on this?
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OK guys I have a 2010 190 with the battery tray behind the pass. rear wheel and the slides are FROZEN! What did you do to free it up? I know there's probably a few posts on this?
Thanks, Marty
Are you sure yours slides?

Was it movable before?

Some time in the past years, don't remember which year, when they switched the batteries from flooded lead acid to AGM, the slide was replaced with a fixed tray.

If yours is a slide, then it must have rusted. You can use penetration oil to free it.
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Definitely has slides. came from snow country as it has some rust under the van. I was thinking a slide hammer??
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I used a lot of wd40 piece of wood and hammer slowly tapped and pull by hand to slide the battery and tray out.
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PB Blaster.
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Old 05-23-2018, 04:32 PM   #6
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Your sliders will be well rusted in.Basic problem is that Roadtrek has used cheap sliders that are not really suited for the wet damp location.
You can try lots of WD40 and body English but when I finally got mine to grind out they were wrecked, the little ball bearings were dropping out all over the place.

I finally removed them (they are pop riveted in) using lots of levers, screwdrivers, maybe a grinder and some bad language. Need to be a little handy and creative with tools and have a morning to spare.

You can find replacements on line but get the measurements right, height, depth and width. Itís hard to find ones that are strong enough and extend all the way out.only good news is that they are not expensive.

As an interim move while you are doing all this and waiting for new ones, you can strap in the battery using a cam strap to keep it safe... itís actually not a bad permanent solution if you check it every now and again
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I have found that PB Blaster works better than WD-40 in some situations.
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Use "Deep Creep" by far the best penetrating oil spray around. Spray and leave for a day or two.
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I have a 2013 Chev 190P with AGMs. The entire bottom of the van came badly rusted from the factory, and the AGM tray did not slide, so I figured; rust.

Maybe not? I really don't think they need to be serviced, so I never took the hold-down angle off the outboard battery. So it is not a tray?

thanks, RichV.
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I had same issue on my 2004 RT190P. I used a ton of penetrating fluid, used vice grips on the bottom of the bracket and yanked and yanked until I got the tray out. Am considering removing the tray permanently as has been mentioned.
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