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#1 2020-10-16 23:55:29

Shakes
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From: Exeter
Registered: 2016-03-24
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Where to put a leisure battery

Where have folks fitted their leisure batteries in the mk1?

I was planning to fit one in the space under the middle passenger seat, but thinking about the need for ventilation and/or a proper battery compartment, I'm now thinking about putting it on the flat platform just ahead of the driver's side rear wheelarch and boxing it in, sealed to the inside but with an external vent for safety.

Any advice most welcome

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#2 2020-10-17 06:55:49

vaz2121
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From: Glasgow Living:~ SW. Scotland
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Re: Where to put a leisure battery

Shakes wrote:

Where have folks fitted their leisure batteries in the mk1?

I was planning to fit one in the space under the middle passenger seat, but thinking about the need for ventilation and/or a proper battery compartment, I'm now thinking about putting it on the flat platform just ahead of the driver's side rear wheelarch and boxing it in, sealed to the inside but with an external vent for safety.

Any advice most welcome

The flat platform in front of O/S Rear wheel arch is where mine is.....
I found the side spar that runs along the van to create a height fitment issue (I think it's the track for side door) when I killed original leisure battery and had to find a suitable replacement........
other than it was a PITA to gain access in & out & refit under small flap in bottom of "Wardrobe"  where along with lots of wires it's boxed in ETC was brand new.........

After all in my case that's where all the charge cabling ETC ran to and from for that side of van electrics........

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#3 2020-10-17 08:25:03

Shakes
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Re: Where to put a leisure battery

Can I ask what sort of battery you've got Vaz ? Do you have any holes cut in the side as vents ?

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#4 2020-10-17 10:36:06

tee_cee
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Registered: 2016-03-18
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Re: Where to put a leisure battery

Shakes wrote:

Where have folks fitted their leisure batteries in the mk1?

I was planning to fit one in the space under the middle passenger seat, but thinking about the need for ventilation and/or a proper battery compartment, I'm now thinking about putting it on the flat platform just ahead of the driver's side rear wheelarch and boxing it in, sealed to the inside but with an external vent for safety.

Any advice most welcome

I manged to get one into the engine bay
P1000874.JPG

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#5 2020-10-17 14:49:42

vaz2121
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From: Glasgow Living:~ SW. Scotland
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Re: Where to put a leisure battery

Shakes wrote:

Can I ask what sort of battery you've got Vaz ? Do you have any holes cut in the side as vents ?


The original battery was out a mobility scooter  and worked out at a surprising 75Ah...

The replacement that I got to fit space was couple mm's taller and from memorey was a leisure battery 90Ah......
The original was heavier than the replacement ..........
Which I was told years ago was a sign of a good quality battery ....... No idea if true or an old wives tale but if it's got more lead in plates it'll be heavier........

I just used the little window washer type hose that was connected to a sort of red right angle plastic pipe thing the hose bit went through a little hole to outside and I just reused it........

So No vents cut into van ..........

tee_cee's battery under bonnet location is a good idea as use any kind ........ it's already vented

Although either's not massive sized battery we've never had a problem but then we've never stopped for more than a couple days in one place and we don't use it for a TV etc.........
In fact phones on charge over night a lights (mix of LED's & Flouresent tube .......mostly Use the LED now) and that's it

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#6 2020-10-18 00:45:21

Shakes
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From: Exeter
Registered: 2016-03-24
Posts: 98

Re: Where to put a leisure battery

Tee Cee I know who to call next time I need a sink plumbing in....?

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#7 2020-10-18 17:33:07

tee_cee
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Re: Where to put a leisure battery

Shakes wrote:

Tee Cee I know who to call next time I need a sink plumbing in....?

Yes, of course.
I quite like to re-use whatever stuff is around me at the time.

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#8 2020-10-18 21:33:49

Shakes
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Re: Where to put a leisure battery

I like the idea of under-the-bonnet. Aside from having to reroute the screenwash pipe, did you have to move anything else? Did you have to make some kind of bracket to hold the battery in place? It's a very neat job.

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#9 2020-10-19 20:09:41

tee_cee
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Re: Where to put a leisure battery

Shakes wrote:

I like the idea of under-the-bonnet. Aside from having to reroute the screenwash pipe, did you have to move anything else? Did you have to make some kind of bracket to hold the battery in place? It's a very neat job.

Thanks, heres the detail
http://blue-van.blogspot.com/2015/02/le … y.html?m=1

Just make sure you have a wiring route into the interior

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