Replacing leisure battery in Trigano Tribute

Discussion in 'The Beginner' started by Durhams1, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Durhams1

    Durhams1 Deleted User


    I'm an absolute begineer and have never used a motorhome before. I'm 57 and the motorbike is less comfortable than it used to be so the plan is to try out the more comfortable motorhome for a while.

    I just took ownership of a 2005 Tribute. The leisure battery is under the front passenger seat and I was told by the previous owner that it is totally dead and needs to be replaced. I took all the side panels off but the battery is too big to slide out.

    I've come to the conclusion that the whole passenger seat needs to be removed from the cab so that battery can be removed from above. Can anyone confirm if my assessment is correct? I can see anything about it in the manuals. Some of the nuts are at the base of fairly long bolts and I don't have the right length of socket to get at them. I don't want to buy any special tools if there's an easy way to do this that I can't yet see.

  2. DESCO

    DESCO Read Only Funster

    Mar 11, 2009
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    Hi Steve.
    First welcome to the Fun:thumb::thumb:

    Normally you only have to take the seat off the box don't know the Trigarno but on most seats there is a Allen or Torx screw at each corner holding the rail to the box. Once taken out the seat can be removed or tilted over. Then you will probably find a metal plate screwad to the seat box, below this is the battery. If I am wrong someone is bound to reply with instructions for a Trigarno. Just thought if your seat has a turntable you only have to take the 4 bolts that hold the turntable to the box not the seat screws.

    Hope this helps

    Last edited: Jul 19, 2009
  3. alf

    alf Read Only Funster

    Apr 7, 2009
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    South Yorkshire
    Trigano Tribute

    Steve there is a site just for Trigano Tribute called trriby
    you will find all you need there.


  4. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

    Aug 26, 2007
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    YO11 2BD
    following on to daves reply in a little more detail.....

    assuming your van is fiat/peugeot based.....

    slide the seat all the way forward,

    IN the seat runners, right at the back, are a couple of allen/torx screws...remove.

    slide the seat all the way backward,

    down the FRONT face of the base are two more of said screws....remove.

    the seat is quite heavy and unwieldy so take care.

    the battery may be fixed at its base with a small plate and bolt.

    ensure the new battery + & - posts are the same way round as the original....makes life easier and no wires to extend.:thumb:
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2009
  5. Durhams1

    Durhams1 Deleted User

    Thanks a lot

    Thanks to everyone for the quick replies. Very helpful. I did suspect the seat would have to be removed but papajohn's detailed info has probably saved me a bit of effort in only removing the top part.

    I also took the other advice and joined the tribby website.

    Roll on next weekend and my first short trip away.


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