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Old 10-16-2019, 11:52 PM   #1
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Hi....I am new to this forum and also to owning a Sprinter. I purchased mine a few months ago and am just getting aquainted with the nuts and bolts of it all. I am having problems locating the battery that supplies the power to the "house" of the vehicle. I have one in the engine bay and I believe there is another one (maybe under the seat) but I have not been able to locate it. I have a solar pack on the roof and I also have 2 trickle chargers, one which recharges the "house battery" and one that I think looks after the engine battery. I have been told that I need another battery to back up the "house battery" but not sure where I would put it. The Sprinter I have is an ex ambulance, "Madder" (I think) and it is a 2008 model. would appreciate all and any info that I can get at this point. My plan is to travel with my dog and just get out and about and enjoy this beautiful country. Many thanks in anticipation of your help.
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Old 10-17-2019, 12:54 AM   #2
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The main battery is under the passenger footwell.
Just lift up the flooring and you will find the metal cover plate.
The engine bay battery is the aux battery.
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Hi lorrischka

Welcome to the forum.

My first reply was a bit rushed this morning.
I too, have a Mader built 2008 318 Vic country spec ambo.
Knowing more about your ex ambo model would help us, help you.

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Old 10-17-2019, 11:45 AM   #4
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G'day Lorrischka, Welcome to the site. I found this photo of my ambo Sprinter battery. As Andrew said its located under the passengers feet.

Hope it helps. Hooroo, Kevin.
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Thanks so much for the reply....I really don't know much about my van, I have read quite a few posts re ex ambo vans and just ended up being even more confused. If the battery that runs the inside of the van is in the engine bay, how do I go about putting in another one. I believe that they have to be side by side so that they can be connected...also been told that I can't have one older one and one new so will have to buy 2 new batteries. Is it better to take the van to an auto electrician or is there another option to have this done. I was told that if I have two batteries to power the inside of the van as well as the solar (already installed when I bought the van) then I won't need a generator and should be able to free camp for a couple of days at least without the battery going flat. Looking forward to your reply.
What other info do you need about the van in order to be able to help with this?

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Thanks so much for the reply....I really don't know much about my van, I have read quite a few posts re ex ambo vans and just ended up being even more confused. If the battery that runs the inside of the van is in the engine bay, how do I go about putting in another one. I believe that they have to be side by side so that they can be connected...also been told that I can't have one older one and one new so will have to buy 2 new batteries. Is it better to take the van to an auto electrician or is there another option to have this done. I was told that if I have two batteries to power the inside of the van as well as the solar (already installed when I bought the van) then I won't need a generator and should be able to free camp for a couple of days at least without the battery going flat. Looking forward to your reply.
What other info do you need about the van in order to be able to help with this?
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G'day Lorrischka, Welcome to the site. I found this photo of my ambo Sprinter battery. As Andrew said its located under the passengers feet.

Hope it helps. Hooroo, Kevin.
Hi Kevin,
Thanks for the pic, still getting the hang of the forum as well....hope this reply is correct. Are there two batteries ther or only one? Am I correct in assuming that this one runs the engine, light etc and not the inside of the van...fridge etc.
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:29 AM   #8
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Re the Underfloor Battery Box
If sometime in the future I installed a diesel heater under the passenger seat, would buying such an ex ambo battery box from a wrecker and cutting out a section of floor be possible without to much of a problem on a 2004 313.

Reason, would then be able to transfer my tool kit from under the passenger set to the under floor battery box.

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Hi Kevin,
Thanks for the pic, still getting the hang of the forum as well....hope this reply is correct. Are there two batteries ther or only one? Am I correct in assuming that this one runs the engine, light etc and not the inside of the van...fridge etc.
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G'day Lorrischka, I'm also new to this site and also know little about the ambo we have.
In my case the Mrs (Robyn) wanted an ex ambo to cart alpacas around in. Other alpaca breeders have these vans and they seem very happy with them.

I also scratched my head about the two batteries. I call the under the floor battery my main battery which if not used within 4 days will go low on charge and unable to start the van???? Ive had it checked and have been told the battery is fine? The under the bonnet battery I disconnected the earth on it to isolate it and nothing happened that I'm aware of.

Keep asking your questions on here and those that know will help if they can and those like you and I can learn as we go. Good luck.

Hooroo, Kevin.
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The main motivation for the move of the battery from the engine bay to the underfloor location is because heat is the greatest enemy of batteries and the newer the technology battery the more intolerant of heat they are, so I recommend you seek a location away from the engine bay to accommodate your house/aux battery.

I have just replaced my 100AH house battery that has worked faultlessly for 5 years with a lithium iTECH120A/H thus doubling my battery capacity with a reduction in weight from 40 to 13KG.

This is week two and so far I could not be happier, although with the cold overnight temps in Elmore Vic my 80litr fridge that generally consumes 20A/H shuts down at 6 degrees, so I have been arising in the morning to a 90%+ battery capacity that recovers before 10 am with my 150 watt rooftop solar panel. I have an additional 160-watt solar blanket that goes on the windscreen for overcast weather and often connect it in anticipation if I stop for more than a day. I always have the engine 180amp alternator as a backup that has proven to get me back up to 100% in less than an hour.
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