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Benimar extra leisure battery

Howard H

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I guess not many people are going to know the answer to this but it’s worth a go . How do you get to the leisure battery that’s under the passenger seat I can see it by removing the plastic cover at the front but to get at it to remove it looks likes removing the seat and the revolving plate mechanisms which looks like a big job . Also under the drivers seat it looks like it’s prewired for another battery would this just be a matter of fitting another battery or is it not that simple? The Motorhome is a Benimar 294 . Thanks
 
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Depending on the year of manufacture there is wiring for a second battery under the drivers seat, I had a second one installed when I bought mine, so can’t help with how to get to them. I think there are instructions in the manual on how to get to them
 
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proably seat out job but shouldnt be more than a few bolts to undo, 6 bolts on my renault about ten minutes

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Lenny HB

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Quite normal on a lot of vans. Yes you do have to take the seat out and they are heavy. Also the battery needs to be a fully sealed type either a Gel or AGM my prefferanceis for Gels, both batteries need to be the same type. You need to follow the cables back and see if they terminate near the existing battery, also if they are not at least 16 mm sq I would replace them.
 
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Quite normal on a lot of vans. Yes you do have to take the seat out and they are heavy. Also the battery needs to be a fully sealed type either a Gel or AGM my prefferanceis for Gels, both batteries need to be the same type. You need to follow the cables back and see if they terminate near the existing battery, also if they are not at least 16 mm sq I would replace them.
Sorry Lenny I have to disagree with you on that. On my benimar they are normal lead acid type & both have a breather tube connected to vent any gas generated to the outside. There is a way to install the batteries without removing the seats by moving them forward I’ll try & find the directions in the manual & post an update.
 

Lenny HB

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Sorry Lenny I have to disagree with you on that. On my benimar they are normal lead acid type & both have a breather tube connected to vent any gas generated to the outside. There is a way to install the batteries without removing the seats by moving them forward I’ll try & find the directions in the manual & post an update.
I wouldn't be happy with that arrangement, have a prang and the battery shifts acid all over your feet - no thanks

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Their sealed, no maintenance type lead acid cells
 
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Ok found the instructions in the Benimar manual, this is for a 2016/7 benimar 201 fiat based. Page 20 of the English instructions.
1 . Push the seat all the way to the front, Remove the plastic rear vent cover
2. Push the seat all the way to rear, Remove the plastic front cover
3. Tip seat towards the rear remove the 2 fixation screws at the front
Tip seat to the rear.
4. You should have Access to battery remove the battery clamp to access the battery terminal connections.

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Howard H

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Ok found the instructions in the Benimar manual, this is for a 2016/7 benimar 201 fiat based. Page 20 of the English instructions.
1 . Push the seat all the way to the front, Remove the plastic rear vent cover
2. Push the seat all the way to rear, Remove the plastic front cover
3. Tip seat towards the rear remove the 2 fixation screws at the front
Tip seat to the rear.
4. You should have Access to battery remove the battery clamp to access the battery terminal connections.
That’s brilliant thanks very much but when you say “tip” do you mean slide as I can’t see any way to tip the seat forward or backward. By the way the van is a 2016 if that makes any difference . Thanks again
 

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Ok found the instructions in the Benimar manual, this is for a 2016/7 benimar 201 fiat based. Page 20 of the English instructions.
1 . Push the seat all the way to the front, Remove the plastic rear vent cover
2. Push the seat all the way to rear, Remove the plastic front cover
3. Tip seat towards the rear remove the 2 fixation screws at the front
Tip seat to the rear.
4. You should have Access to battery remove the battery clamp to access the battery terminal connections.
Which is great if you have no furniture directly behind the seat stopping it tipping backwards.
 
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I haven’t tried this as just giving you what’s in the manual, but I guess use the seat adjustments to tip it back as far as it will go.
Howard do you have the Benimar user manual? If not I could scan the page & hopefully add it on here for you.

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Howard H

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Thanks Newfie , I do have the manual but I had a quick look last night but could not see anything but will double check tonight if there is nothing there I will take you up on your offer . Many thanks
 
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Howard H, I guess you found the manual & instructions, let us know how easy or difficult it is to the job, thanks
 
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Howard H

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Howard H, I guess you found the manual & instructions, let us know how easy or difficult it is to the job, thanks
Hi Neffie , I did find the instructions but there is no way my seats tip back or forwards as it says in the manual and there seems to be a lot more wires some connected some not that I am comfortable messing with , so I am going to try and get it booked into an auto electrician if and when I ever get a Saturday off.

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Hi Howard

I had the same issue, took the seat bolts out but still couldn't get it to rock back, gave up in the end, Marquis wanted £170 to supply and fit a replacement battery hence the try to do it, did you get it sorted?
 
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Howard H

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No not yet @Tezza i was quoted the same as you by marquis don’t need the battery power to October so I am going to take it a local auto electrician nearer the time as I wouldn’t give Marquis the time of day never mind any money lol
 

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To get either of the seats to tip on a Benimar you take out the 2 front floor bolts pull the seat forward until the seat disengaged from the rear fixings which are just a fork that slides under the rear bolts, the seat then tips back and you can access the battery compartment.

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To get either of the seats to tip on a Benimar you take out the 2 front floor bolts pull the seat forward until the seat disengaged from the rear fixings which are just a fork that slides under the rear bolts, the seat then tips back and you can access the battery compartment.
Followed the tip and fitted a new battery under the drivers seat, quite an easy job as it was pre wired. The only drawback was I had to source a battery from Go Outdoors due to the size. Luckily I get 2 discounts, their card and a military discount as well.
 
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