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Old 08-29-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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Has anyone accessed or removed the house batteries on an Interstate Grand Tour? I have been told by AS Support that they are located on the Port (roadside) side of the vehicle just forward of the rear wheels. I am having new batteries installed next week by a local auto shop (the existing ones are sulfated). If there is any "local knowledge" with respect to this job I would appreciate hearing about it. Thanks
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:17 PM   #2
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Aren't they covered by the warranty?
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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Interesting question. I called Lifeline to ask about my charging problems. The rep with whom I spoke immediately diagnosed my problem as defective (sulfated) batteries, and told me that he would contact AS and get back to me. He called back to advise me that AS would not cover the battery replacement but that Lifeline would. Thank you Lifeline!
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WRT your original question, Protag described in a thread how to remove the bottom of the lounge to access the batteries. But then didn't AS move them to where both are on the floor in back?
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:40 PM   #5
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WRT your original question, Protag described in a thread how to remove the bottom of the lounge to access the batteries. But then didn't AS move them to where both are on the floor in back?

In a Grand Tour they are somewhere under the left rear wheel arch. We're not sure precisely!


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In a Grand Tour they are somewhere under the left rear wheel arch. We're not sure precisely!


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oh no, now I"m really lost. Up until this point I thought everyone was saying curbside underneath the lounge
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oh no, now I"m really lost. Up until this point I thought everyone was saying curbside underneath the lounge

No, the Grand Tour is different from the other models. When I took a look at a Grand Tour, the weather prevented me from crawling underneath to verify!


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No, the Grand Tour is different from the other models. When I took a look at a Grand Tour, the weather prevented me from crawling underneath to verify!


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Ok thanks. I'll find them and then re post
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Batteries on the Grand Tour models are located under the van behind the rear wheels on the drivers side. The are exposed and on there side with terminals inward, just outboard from the generator. If you look real close at the Colonial Airstream video of the GT model you get a glimpse of the batteries when they show the generator under van.


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Batteries on the Grand Tour models are located under the van behind the rear wheels on the drivers side. The are exposed and on there side with terminals inward, just outboard from the generator. If you look real close at the Colonial Airstream video of the GT model you get a glimpse of the batteries when they show the generator under van.


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How right you are! I just looked under our 2015 Grand Tour, and the batteries are indeed under the vehicle BEHIND the rear wheels on the driver side. In addition, they appear to be reasonably accessible for service. I'll know better this week when I have mine replaced. Thanks for checking into this. It's surprising that this information seemingly has not been available from AS Support.
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Airstream's manuals are terrible. Even the new 2015 Part Manual does not show the battery mounts for the new GT location. I researched this location closely because I'm putting my new battery upgrade in the same place. I'll be installing four Lifeline GPL-4CT, 6V batteries, two on each side, for total capacity of 440 AH. Also adding a Magnum MS 2000 inverter so I can run the microwave off batteries. This will be the last major upgrade I plan to add to my Interstate. Anything more and I'll just have to buy a new van. 😉


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Airstream's manuals are terrible. Even the new 2015 Part Manual does not show the battery mounts for the new GT location. I researched this location closely because I'm putting my new battery upgrade in the same place. I'll be installing four Lifeline GPL-4CT, 6V batteries, two on each side, for total capacity of 440 AH. Also adding a Magnum MS 2000 inverter so I can run the microwave off batteries. This will be the last major upgrade I plan to add to my Interstate. Anything more and I'll just have to buy a new van. 😉


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The manuals are terrible. I generally look through the 2015 manual AND the 2016, AND that book that I bought about AI's, before I ask a question in the forum because I don't want to take up people's time for easy-to-find info. But really ... the manuals are hit and miss, usually miss. Plus so much changes from year-to-year.

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The manuals are terrible. I generally look through the 2015 manual AND the 2016, AND that book that I bought about AI's, before I ask a question in the forum because I don't want to take up people's time for easy-to-find info. But really ... the manuals are hit and miss, usually miss. Plus so much changes from year-to-year.
I used to write technical specifications for a living, and for me, reading the Airstream Interstate manual is positively painful.

I'd be more than happy to write GOOD Airstream Interstate manuals for them, if they'd agree to compensate me commensurate with my efforts.
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