2nd leisure battery for a Autotrail

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  1. MikeD

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    Hi
    After nearly freezing to death at Newark we have replaced the leisure battery and want to connect another one.

    I had a look in the battery box and there is a spare connector and the Autotrail owners manual indicates I can just plug one straight in.

    Does anybody know if this is right and what is the name of the plug (so I can buy the male version).

    many thanks
    Mike
     
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    Its more or less what i just did with my MH:thumb:
     
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    that cable looks a bit thin and a 20a fuse :Eeek:......i used 50amp cable and two 30amp fuses.

    a fuse should be fitted at both ends of the connecting lead.
    if there is a short to earth in the connecting cable the fuse will blow BUT the other end of the interconnecting lead is still connected to a live battery with no protection and a possible fire risk.
     
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    your better off ringing sargent, than autotrail, sargent make the wireing harness's for autotrail and as such it will be

    A: cheaper

    B: quicker

    And

    C: you wont have to speak to the sarky receptionist at autotrail with thinks shes a doctors receptionist.
     
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    The lead on the Autotrail website was had the wrong connector for the late vans anyway,i bought one and had to change the connectors.
    On my van when i connected the second battery the battery power level reading went haywire would not read more than 70% even with fully charged batteries,had to let both batteries run really low and recharge several times before the reading was 100% still gives odd readings now and again

    dave e
     
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    turn off mains and battery first.

    if you take off the surrond from the dispaly pannel over the door, theres two screws take them out and the pannel will drop down, unplug it from the ribbon cable, leave it for a while and then reverse instuctions to refit. It will probibly be ok now
     
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    Many thanks Dave - I spoke the the guy at Autotrail and mentioned that the connector looked different in their photograph to the plug on my van. He got quite grumpy and insisted that it would be right. What connector/plug did you have to buy?
    MikeD
     
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    Hi mike
    The one that i got from autotrail had the old type lookar spade type femail connectors on it but as the wiring was the correct colour i just cut the connector off the van wiring and fitted insulated male spade connectors.
    I have seen on other threads since that the one from Sargent is in fact the correct one i think it should have small pin like male connectors hope this helps.

    dave e
     
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