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Old 10-31-2014, 09:33 AM   #29
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Yes, the side facing seats are over the wheel well (mostly). There is an access door on the front under the base of the seat, and behind that is a shallow compartment with the manual battery cutoff switch and the AC breaker panel. If I partially raise the seat, I can just about see other electronic components under an access panel made up of hardboard and wire grill material. So, with all that electrical stuff, I'm assuming the batteries are also nearby, even though there isn't much height left that I can see when you take the wheel well into account. Maybe lewster is right, and they are actually partially or completely below floor level, in effect under the coach.
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I have had the 'pleasure' many times of removing the stacked battery box on earlier model Interstates when adding solar and larger batteries.

I'll have to get into one of the new Grand Tour models to see how much the level of accessibility has been decreased by Airstream. They seem to have a knack for making access to anything as difficult as possible!!!


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Here's the result: lewster wins the prize. The batteries are actually under the coach, at the rear, driver's side, just aft of the wheel well. Looks like two bolts on either side of each individual battery box will release them. Interesting...they're standing on edge, but apparently acceptable for AGMs. Exactly how I get under there is another story.....
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If they are inside the coach, you should be able to see a small vent on the outside near the batteries.

If they're under the coach, they should be visible, at least the box that holds them.

Edit: Oops, I see you found them. They may still come out from inside the coach.
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Here's the result: lewster wins the prize. The batteries are actually under the coach, at the rear, driver's side, just aft of the wheel well. Looks like two bolts on either side of each individual battery box will release them. Interesting...they're standing on edge, but apparently acceptable for AGMs. Exactly how I get under there is another story.....
Put something under them to take the strain off the bolts before you attempt to release the batteries; they're heavy! Especially if they're a larger size than the Group 24s the rest of us have.
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Here's the result: lewster wins the prize. The batteries are actually under the coach, at the rear, driver's side, just aft of the wheel well. Looks like two bolts on either side of each individual battery box will release them. Interesting...they're standing on edge, but apparently acceptable for AGMs. Exactly how I get under there is another story.....
From past experience with this battery orientation on other Sprinter based coaches, you will need a floor jack (actually a motorcycle jack or hydraulic table works better) to first; relieve the pressure on the mounting bolts and second; actually lower the batteries.

If they are side mounted, then the cables should also (hopefully) be exposed to allow for disconnect before dropping them.
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