Join Date: Oct 2007
My Motorhome: Swift Kontiki 615
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Our Kontiki has the battery tucked up underneath on the right hand side of the vehicle facing forwards. It is located right underneath the bodywork so is not easy to access and the connecting wires are very thick and inflexible.
The battery itself has the multiple connections to the positive, but these are all mounted on one plate bolted on to the terminal with two steadying clips as well. The bolt needs to be loosened, then the clips eased off so that the positive plate can be lifted about 2 cms to clear the terminal..... not easy as there is only about 1.8 cm clearance......
The negative connections are fewer and easier as they are nearer the front (I wonder who designed it that way round ? Obviously a small handed Italian - determined to make life hard for others...).
Once those are disconnected there is a bar to be loosened that holds the battery still, once again two nuts to loosen at the base of the battery as it is clamped in - the back one is harder to get at, of course.
Then comes the fun sliding and lifting.... weight training is essential beforehand.
It weighs about 20kg or so it seems, and of course is not easy to get hold of, but I did it by myself (the dog declined to help) in about 30 minutes all in.
I actually connected a spare 12v battery to the positive and negative before disconnecting the terminals so that the radio codes and
the immobiliser codes were not possibly compromised. That worked well and all were fully working without any hassle.
I used Tayna batteries for the battery, much cheaper than here in France, it was delivered in 48 hours from ordering, ready to go. Here, batteries are sold empty so you have to buy the acid separately and fill it yourself. I am always wary of sulphuric acid so having it ready filled is much safer IMO.
Not a difficult process, but one that requires good planning before starting, making sure all essentials are ready and knuckles protected "just in case".
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Last edited by Penquin; 07-06-2020 at 14:32.