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Cost of fitting a second leisure battery

Discussion in 'THE BEGINNER' started by themountaintiger, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. themountaintiger

    themountaintiger Funster

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    Went to a local caravan/motorhome dealers today and asked cost of fitting second leisure battery, they said it would cost approx £45 + cost of battery, seems ok to me, what do others think? Please note im a newbie and the thought of fitting it myself makes me cringe with fear (and tears :cry:) in case I cock up!! pardon the expression
     
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    I woulnd't have said that was a bad price - we had a leisure battery fitted last year and it cost us £30 plus the battery but that was when it was already going in for a service.

    Quite apart from the labour cost (and it can take a bit of time depending on where the battery is going to be located) they have to supply the cables too and possibly a battery box, so £45 isn't bad.
     
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    Sound fair if they do it properly.
    I had to take seats out, run extra cable, sliced hand on shard of metal (still have scar), cleared up blood etc.
    Cable + fuses + connectos cost etc

    Personally I enjoy the DIY :)

    Remember (as mentioned everywhere) - additional batteries *should* be matched in terms of capacity and ideally age/make/model (E.G.replace all at same time). It'll work if you don't but the capacity will reduce and the longjevity of the batteires will be reduced. How long is anyones guess....
     
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    yes i was considering changing the original battery, it is 2.5 yrs old, last time out id plugged tv into 12v, playing dvd, but current battery only lasted about an hour, well tv screen went black and on checking control panel voltage was reduced down from 12.8v to 11v. went to bed woke up and it was down to 10.2v, trickle charged it back from cab battery...

    Thing is being a newbie not sure what to expect from batteries

    im definitely not DIY er, more of an internet marketing geek, so paying would give me piece of mind and no scars!!!

    :Sad:
     
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    hi just fitted a second battery to my van, took about an hour, parts cost
    £15 for plastic box from towsure, £16 for cable and fittings.
    So for your price i wouds say quite fair taking in a bit of labour cost.

    One tip though i bought my 2nd battery from the same auto factors
    as the first one, cost a lot less then a dealer £62 for a 110AH
    :thumb:
     
  6. GregM

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    I fitted mine myself and I am not great at DIY. It's not a hard job.

    Can I ask though how necessary the plastic battery box is? The reason I ask is I bought one but when I went to fit the batteries I discovered the box was too small so I didn't bother using it, I've just strapped the batteries to the floor.
     
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    additional battery

    One thing I would say is that it`s probably best that the batteries be the same amperage, not a good set-up having two batteries, one at say 85 amps and one at 110.
    better they match.
     
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    The job is not a complicated one, do a bit of research and have ago yourself.

    Doug...
     
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    I put it in a box ,
    a: to keep everything tidy.
    b: the box has a lid so no chance of anything falling across the terminals.

    Towsure sell veriouse sized boxes with a strap and adjustable sections inside to help
    stop the battery moving around.
     

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