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Old 07-04-2022, 05:38 PM   #1
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Battery tray removal

I'm getting ready to replace my house batteries on the 2016 DS. I need to remove the tray in order to clean up some rust and corrosion on it and beneath it. I tried to do this before but it only slides out so far and hits a stop. Anyone know the trick to removing it?

Also, the batteries don't have a number on the case. They are Interstate brand, 6 x 6V. Are GC-2 batteries correct? Costco has them for $99.

Oh, and one more thing, anyone know of a source for the battery hold down straps? The hooks are corroded, might as well replace them while I'm at it.

Thanks,

Bud
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Old 07-04-2022, 08:52 PM   #2
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I just replaced the house batteries in my 2016 Dutch Star last week. In my coach, to remove the battery tray you have to remove the top roller bearings supporting the tray (4 total). Once removed, you roll the tray out until you hit the stop and then tilt the tray down to clear the stop.

I’m not familiar with the battery brand you referenced. I replaced Discover AGM batteries with Lifeline AGM batteries (GPL-4CT).
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:09 AM   #3
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Here's my story with answers to hold downs.
Also note I added fender washers to the bearings to act as dust shields per another member suggestion.
I wanted mine to be the last rebuild so switched to AGM and battys & tray still look like the day it was done.
Por15 is great stuff and highly recommend it.
Good luck.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/battery-slide-refurb-484735.html
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:33 AM   #4
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After the tray is out clean it up very good. Clean the inside of the bin good. Cover all the electrical and use rattle can truck bed box liner to paint everything. Including inside the bin. Box liner paint is flexible and acid resistance. Easy to clean up. Just mix a bit of baking soda and water in small spray bottle and spay the whole inside. Then wash off with hose. It comes out looking like new. Mine is now 6 years old. You may find a color that matches the rest of your bins as well.
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Here's my story with answers to hold downs.
Also note I added fender washers to the bearings to act as dust shields per another member suggestion.
I wanted mine to be the last rebuild so switched to AGM and battys & tray still look like the day it was done.
Por15 is great stuff and highly recommend it.
Good luck.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/battery-slide-refurb-484735.html
Agree with above, have never seen anything better at stopping rust from spreading.
I had a Jeep frame made 17 years ago and used POR 15. It still looks like new.
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I'm getting ready to replace my house batteries on the 2016 DS. I need to remove the tray in order to clean up some rust and corrosion on it and beneath it. I tried to do this before but it only slides out so far and hits a stop. Anyone know the trick to removing it?

Also, the batteries don't have a number on the case. They are Interstate brand, 6 x 6V. Are GC-2 batteries correct? Costco has them for $99.

Oh, and one more thing, anyone know of a source for the battery hold down straps? The hooks are corroded, might as well replace them while I'm at it.

Thanks,

Bud
And take a lot of pictures before disconnecting batteries especially of the smaller wires.
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Go with AGM, don’t put wet batteries back in, that’s the reason your dealing with corrosion.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:59 PM   #8
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Slolane …. I did that same project eight years ago and posted a lengthy, detail exposition with 27 8x10 color glossy photographs, with circles and arrows….. but I digress!
My posting, and some others similar, were saved by “007” in the Quick Tips section pinned above. You’ll find everything you need in there. Good Luck!
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