Leisure battery

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  1. Busker

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    Hi folks This is basic but...Is it normal practice for the leisure battery to be included in sale of motorhome unless dealer states in advert otherwise, and what would a typical battery cost and weigh. this would be for a PVC. Thanks
     
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    Leisure battery is usually included.
    If the dealer says otherwise say the deal is off......he'll soon fit a battery.
    Average weight is 20kg and cost around £70 for a average battery
     
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    Wouldn't buy a van without one and certainly wouldn't pay extra for it!
     
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    Look on the Box for
    "Batteries not Included"
     
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    The dealer will probably (& quite sensibly) fit the cheapest thing he can find. You might be better to negotiate a price reduction & fit whatever you want. It depends how much you intend to rely on it - if you are mostly on sites with EHU, then get the dealer to supply & fit - it won't matter much what he puts in. If you plan to fit solar panels & rely on your stored power, then it would be better to specify everything, including the battery, yourself.

    You also need to know what the in-build charger is capable of - no point in buying AGM or Gel batteries if the charger is only designed for the standard wet acid type. Having said that, a lot of people do get away with using AGMs with a standard charger.
     
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    Make sure the stealer fits a proper leisure battery & not an ordinary car / van engine starting battery
     
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    denisejoe Funster Life Member

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    How can you see if anything is working in the van without a leisure battery?

    Joe
     
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    I must give credit to Southdowns at Portsmouth here. When I bought the van last April it needed a new leisure battery, which they said they would fit. I did not specify anything, and I rather assumed, as above, that something cheap would be fitted. I did a lot of research and decided that when the time came I would install Varta Professional dual purpose batteries. I then discovered that that was exactly what Southdowns had fitted, and two of them, to boot. So not all dealers are niggardly; well done.
     
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    Thank you to everyone for taking the time to reply and the welcome advice, have got a lot of homework to do. Oh and that looks like a fine bodhran,. TheCaller Thanks again
     
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    My thoughts too, maybe there's no battery because half the equipment don't work..!

    Plenty more motors on other forecourts...(y)
     
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    I've heard other people say good things about Southdowns. (y) Always nice to hear about someone who does it right - they do exist; it's just that mostly we hear about it when things go wrong!
     
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    It is. (y) That particular one isn't mine, but I have two by the same maker, one of which is very similar.

    Made in California by a chap from Grimsby! :)
     
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    Bought my SH Hymer from them a couple of years ago - couldn't fault them.
     
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