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Old 07-11-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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Solera Chassis Battery

Like a good RVer, I decided I needed to check the electrolyte in the batteries.

No problem for the coach batteries in the stairwell. Not so the chassis battery. Manual says chassis battery is in the step well of driver's door. Roll back the carpet, remove the trim, roll back the rubber mat, remove screws for stepwell cover... that's as far as I got. Darn thing wouldn't come out. Seems to be fastened underneath somehow. I pulled and tugged to no avail.

Anyone else with a Solera tried accessing the chassis battery? Did you have the same problem? If you solved the problem - how?

Coach batteries took only a couple ounces each cell, and I'm assuming the chassis battery likewise is close to full, but still need to check, lest I end up with a ruined battery (which I can't even get to for removal!!!!).
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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Since the battery is INSIDE the cab it is an AGM and no fluid check needed if I am not mistaken.

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Old 07-11-2013, 11:08 AM   #3
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I opened my compartment earlier this year no problem getting into it. Reiner is right about the battery thou other than checking with a multi-meter there's no need to check it. I'll go check the compartment again to see if I can help you out getting into it.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #4
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The step well cover? Is that the metal plate over the battery your talking about? If so you said you removed the screws completely? If that's correct I wonder if someone put some adhesive on it? There's nothing under there I see but the battery if you really want to get into it I'd make sure the screws are completely out and use a screw drive to pry up on it. Good luck.
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Duhhhh!

Egg on my face! ReRead the manual. it stated battery in driver's footwell, not in the step well! I was trying to remove the plastic liner in the Stepwell.

Henry, your mention of the metal plate turned my light on! Yep, there's a metal plate under the mat, and guess what - there's a battery under it!

Reiner, nice to know it won't need water. Would be a pain. And I can check the voltage from the engine compartment jump-start posts.

Thanks, guys - case closed.
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