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Old 11-25-2021, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Roadtrek House Battery Replacement

I'm replacing the house batteries on our 2015 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL. There are two 6 volt AGMs under the hood and two hanging in a tray behind the rear wheels.
I'm wondering if anyone knows any tricks to lowering and reinstalling the under chassis batteries.
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Old 11-25-2021, 05:06 PM   #2
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I see what looks like a removable hinge pin. Find something to support the intial weight of the battery and try removing the cotter pin and pulling it out using the "j" end. A good lube in advance and working the pin before removal should help when sliding it out.

A small sissor jack (they fold pretty flat - some to only 3-4" high)) would be a good tool for lowering and raising them back into place.

Good luck.
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Thanks. The scissor jack might do the trick.
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I think the best would be a transmission jack, but few people have them (you can rent them). The cheap hand crank up ones work OK, I have one and lift our 440ah bank into place under the van with it.


Next best, IMO, would be a floor jack. Little floor jacks are very inexpensive, but don't try to lift anything big with them.



Scissor jacks would not really be a choice I would like because if the box is hinged down, the jack will likely need to move as the box is lowered and scissor jacks don't have wheels like trans and floor jacks do, plus scissor jacks are very unstable side to side and with high risk of tipping over if stuff moves.
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my suggestion would be to get the van up on ramps or stands


then get a lift under the tray, pull the pin ( 1 or 2 ?) and slowly lower the tray watching the cables.


I have a motorcycle lift I could lend you, I'm in North PHX


similar to this:


https://www.amazon.com/Torin-Big-Red...66802055&psc=1
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Old 11-27-2021, 01:33 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the help.
mkguitar, I might take you up on that motorcycle jack.
I have to consult my assistants (neighbors).
Our plan of attack now is to use two floor jacks and approaching from the port side.
Now I have to wait for the new batteries to arrive.
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Harbor Freight Floor Jack. Just use one. Two will complicate this job.

Drive up on some ramps to give yourself clearance for rolling them out.
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Old 12-02-2021, 05:21 PM   #8
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Get it professionally done.
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As someone else has suggested, I used a floor jack from Harbor Freight which worked well. I did have my rig raised on ramps to get clearance and then lowered the batteries onto two short pieces of 4x4 to allow me to remove the jack. Also, when re-installing, I greased the horizontal pins that secure the battery holder to prevent them from rusting and becoming frozen in position.
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