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Old 03-15-2019, 08:38 AM   #1
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Battery removal 2008 Classic

Sorry if this post has already been addressed, but my batteries are located in individual compartments accessed through locked doors in the front of my AS Classic. They appear to have been wedged in without much clearance either on top, bottom or sides. Is there a trick to getting the batteries out of their compartments? All I want to do is check water levels...
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:55 AM   #2
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Sorry if this post has already been addressed, but my batteries are located in individual compartments accessed through locked doors in the front of my AS Classic. They appear to have been wedged in without much clearance either on top, bottom or sides. Is there a trick to getting the batteries out of their compartments? All I want to do is check water levels...
This is what I did to get the Lifeline AGM's out of our Classic, over that stupid lip at the door hinge.👍 Pick up on the strap & Pull.🤓 (the new Lithiums are lighter/easier).

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Old 03-15-2019, 12:39 PM   #3
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When I pull my batteries, getting over the lip is the only issue. I usually lift it using the edge of the plastic carry strap. I am wondering if your batteries are too big for the compartment. You should be able to get the cable nearest the door off and on without difficulty.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:05 PM   #4
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I use straps similar to Robert Cross. Before straps, I used a wooden paint stirring stick/paddle to create a ramp to slide the battery up and over that door lip. A putty knife will work also.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:14 PM   #5
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I've done similar things to those shown above - straps, pull-tabs or something similar. However, you don't have that now so a little TLC with some wooden sticks as mentioned above. It's a real pain if you don't have a strap in place. Once you get these out I know you'll add a strap or something for next time.

By the way, be very careful that you don't touch the positive terminal to the chassis of the trailer while you're pulling the batteries out. I use a piece of thin cardboard, cut from a soda box or something similar, to ensure I don't short out the positive terminal.
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:47 AM   #6
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What a great idea!
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:12 AM   #7
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I also have an ‘08 27FB Classic and as we have found, there’s little wiggle room for those batteries. One has to assume the lip it sits behind was to keep the battery from shifting forward under hard braking or an accident that could through the + terminal against the grounded body. I’ve been using a very wide blade putty knife as a ramp once I encourage the front end of the battery upward. I really do like the idea of the web strap and will adopt that the next time I pull them out to check the levels. Important point was made to shield the + post with an insulator. Also remember that the batteries are in parallel and so if you take one battery out and disconnect the cables, the free red cable is still hot if the other battery is still connected.
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:25 AM   #8
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I put the battery in with the negative terminal on the outside. Pull the battery partially out, disconnect the negative terminal, then no risk of shorting the positive terminal to chassis. Reverse the process when installing the batteries. Connect positive, put battery most of the way in, connect negative, and slide it the rest of the way in.

I also use the end of the carry strap to lift and pull the batteries out.

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Use a short crowbar to lift slightly on the bottom and pull on the strap...as soon as it starts coming over the lip, lose the crowbar...
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On my 86, there are two drain slots on the bottom of the compartment that I have a stick that is about 1/2" square and 12" long. By sticking it in the slot and pushing down it raises the battery up and forward over the lip.
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