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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 31-01-2009, 19:37 Thread Starter
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Removing a Transit battery

We have a Eura Mobile Profila 580A [2007 Transit] with a 100 watt solar panel installed just before Brownshills went into administration. So when it did not work we paid Brownshills Mk2 to sort it out. Our leisure battery are now always charged but the starter battery still goes flat after 2-3 weeks [an improvement]. I put this down to the demands of the alarm system.

Today our plan was to remove and then re-charge the battery from its position under the drivers seat. However, I am amazed to discover that this appears to be a difficult and very fiddly job. The instructions in the handbook appear to relate to a different set-up and have nothing in come with our vehicle something about removing a safety pin and sliding a cover.

We would value any suggestions on how to simply remove the battery.
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We have swivel seats on our MK7 transit so it is even more difficult.

But if you have not got swivels fitted can you not get at the battery by sliding the seat as far forward as it will go?

If this does not work you will need to take the seat of. Which is not that big of a job but the seat is quiet heavy.

You need to take of the plastic trim around the base of the seat and then undo the for seat fixings, it will then lift off (be warned it will be heavy)


Your best bet might be to get a battery master fitted, which will keep the cab battery charged from your solar.

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Fitting a VanBitz Battery Master might well remove the need to take out the battery, I fitted one to our Kontiki today - the leisure battery is under the driver's seat in that and that seat had to be removed to replace it.

Fitting a Battery Master is very simple (even for me), you can follow the steps I took by looking at this topic;

https://www.motorhomefacts.com/ftopict-59289-.html

It is actually only 3 wires to connect and it is designed for precisely what you have said. You can buy direct from Outdoor Bits or other places - well worth looking at and cheaper than replacing batteries may have been damaged by going flat.

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Battery Master

Thanks for the great advice. I plan to order a Battery Master. I wish had the sense to ask this question before!!

Even worked out how to take the battery out without taking the seat off. Somewhat bizarre its not covered in the Ford handbook. Again many thanks.
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I'm always puzzled as to why people buy a Battery Master when they can simply follow the good advice from Clive:
http://www.motts.dsl.pipex.com/BRIDGING%20FUSE.htm
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If the Mk7 Transit is the same as the MK6 you do not have to remove the seat to gain access to the vehicle battery. You simply move the seat forward as far as it will go, slide forward the plastic cover and the vehicle battery is at the rear. You do have to remove the seat as described for the leisure battery.

Why can't you charge the battery in situ?
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how do you remove the battery on a 12 plate transit with swivel seats
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how do you remove the battery on a 12 plate transit with swivel seats
With great difficulty. On my 13 reg. Hymer there are approx. 12/13 silver set screws (socket head) to be removed. Some are vertical, some are horizontal. Even worse is replacing the seat, some of the threaded holes the screws go in are on brackets that move. I found I needed a screwdriver to lever some into position. You may be able to tilt and rest the seat against the
dashboard once all the screws are out. I consider the seat to be a two man lift.

WARNING!!!! the wiring for the airbag light is cable tied to the bottom of the seat.


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