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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-06-2020, 22:12
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I gave up trying to change the battery on my Elegance a few years ago and called in the cavalry. The mobile mechanic did manage it in the end. However, when I asked him how he actually did it he told me it was just a matter of experience of working on commercial vehicles and knowing how to lift it, when to tilt and/or turn it and so on to get it past the other bits. I've kept his number!

As for general engine access on the Elegance, it's worse than appalling. The timing chain (belt? whatever!) was accessed by putting the vehicle up on ramps and dropping the engine. The labour costs for that were interesting! I can manage the basic fluid checks myself, but even topping up the washer reservoir is a job for a contortionist.

In sum, and as others have suggested, you need to have good arm strength, a well thought-out plan of attack and the patience of a saint. Failing that, a mechanic with experience of commercial vehicles is the answer.

As for the motorhome itself, I love it even though it's getting old and tired.

Lastly, do let us know how you got on.

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I remember 55 years ago having to change a large battery on a Jag or Humber that was buried into the scuttle under the windscreen behind a V8 engine.
Laying full stretch across the engine to disconnect we used a shovel to get under the battery and drag it across the V rocker boxes to get it out.
The Triumph Stag was another nightmare. Manufacturers haven't learnt and made it any easier in generations.

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