Fitting new battery N&B Arto (1 Viewer)

Aug 4, 2021
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Morning all, not been able to get away in our Arto for all sorts of things... unfortunately our battery has died and gone to motorhome heaven.
Is it a big job to fit a new battery to our 2005 Arto? Getting jump leads on the terminals was a challenge and a half!!
Thank you in advance!
 
Oct 12, 2009
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A Class N+B Arto 69GL
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Since 2009
Morning all, not been able to get away in our Arto for all sorts of things... unfortunately our battery has died and gone to motorhome heaven.
Is it a big job to fit a new battery to our 2005 Arto? Getting jump leads on the terminals was a challenge and a half!!
Thank you in advance!

I assume you are referring to the engine battery.

Ours is a 2003 model but I think they are similar. The battery is a beast to get in and out because you are having to negotiate passage between the grille hinge and the engine. If you wanted to make it easier you could take off the grille and hinge, but it can be done without that.

Before you start make sure you buy a battery with the right terminals in the same place as the existing as it would be difficult re-working the wiring in the space.

Wear thick gloves if you want to have skin left on your knuckles.

We manhandled the batteries in and out. However I have thought of a slight improvement to the way we did it, but have not tried it in practice: that is to rig a small board to support the battery and on which to slide the batteries(grease it for easier movement). My idea would be to pass a strap/rope round the rear of the battery. One still has the problem of levering the base of the battery onto the board. Once on the board it should be possible to slide it up and out, controlling the direction by crossing over the ends of the strap if necessary. Reverse should be easier [he says].

Both ways it would be easier with two men [other genders are available]. One can work in the direction of exit/entry on the engine side, while the other could provide any additional guidance/manoeuvring needed from the other side of the grille hinge.

Take this explanation down and look at the layout to see if my explanation is clear.

If not, get back to me for further.

Good luck.

Geoff
 
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Aug 4, 2021
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Haslington, UK
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Niesmann and Bischof
I assume you are referring to the engine battery.

Ours is a 2003 model but I think they are similar. The battery is a beast to get in and out because you are having to negotiate passage between the grille hinge and the engine. If you wanted to make it easier you could take off the grille and hinge, but it can be done without that.

Before you start make sure you buy a battery with the right terminals in the same place as the existing as it would be difficult re-working the wiring in the space.

Wear thick gloves if you want to have skin left on your knuckles.

We manhandled the batteries in and out. However I have thought of a slight improvement to the way we did it, but have not tried it in practice: that is to rig a small board to support the battery and on which to slide the batteries(grease it for easier movement). My idea would be to pass a strap/rope round the rear of the battery. One still has the problem of levering the base of the battery onto the board. Once on the board it should be possible to slide it up and out, controlling the direction by crossing over the ends of the strap if necessary. Reverse should be easier [he says].

Both ways it would be easier with two men [other genders are available]. One can work in the direction of exit/entry on the engine side, while the other could provide any additional guidance/manoeuvring needed from the other side of the grille hinge.

Take this explanation down and look at the layout to see if my explanation is clear.

If not, get back to me for further.

Good luck.

Geoff
Hi Geoff....oh my! This sounds like a recipe for divorce!! Thanks for the advice...I will pass it on to him indoors!
 
Aug 12, 2021
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Chase RV 07831 233435 Garry very good at all electrical jobs but you’ll have to pay traveling he’s at Cannock .

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