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Old 08-14-2016, 10:53 PM   #1
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Unhappy How to remove Two battery compartments

I want to remove and reinstall the two black plastic battery storage compartments and access doors, but I am having difficulty figuring out how to Remove the access door and cast aluminum frame on front of trailer. Does anyone know the procedure?
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:43 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, the lip of the plastic battery compartment is sandwiched between the aluminum frame and the skin of the trailer.

You have to drill out the rivets and either replace them with new rivets or (stainless steel) screws.

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The rivets and/or screws are on the inside wall. It is well worth the effort to remove the couch and any other interfering items before attempting.
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Battery Boxes

I am a new owner and I am redoing a 2000 30' Excell The batteries are under the couch and are very difficult to remove on the outside. Any suggestions about how to replace or modify the battery boxes and avoid the Gas leaking into the coach
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You have to drill the rivets from he outside and the boxes come out with the door case. You can either re install the new ones with Olympic rivets and or screws. If you opt for screws that you will have to access the inside to install nuts. I just did my boxes and it's not hard to do.
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You have to drill the rivets from he outside and the boxes come out with the door case. You can either re install the new ones with Olympic rivets and or screws. If you opt for screws that you will have to access the inside to install nuts. I just did my boxes and it's not hard to do.
I think this depends on the Era of trailer. Mine has no rivets on the outside. It is all sandwiched with fasteners on the inside.
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I had this work done at JC . . . the battery boxes and access doors were removed; two size 4D AGM batteries were installed on stainless steel trays; trays were screwed right into the A-frame; the batteries were secured using no-name battery box straps; the exterior panel (the "plate") was replaced, so that there are no access doors; between the batteries is my Xantrex FS3012 3Kw pure sine wave inverter/charger/converter. A piece of plywood is fitted over the top (not shown) to prevent any possibility of the battery terminals shorting out if the straps break and the batteries bounce up to the gaucho springs.

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