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Old 06-04-2021, 11:19 PM   #1
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2008 Coach Battery Compartment Latch

I have a 2008 Seneca 35GS and I'm replacing the coach batteries with lithium but I now want to make that compartment lockable due to the cost of the batteries, as was suggested by the battery manufacturer. The current latch has a blank cover over what I'd guess you'd call the lock cylinder tube. Is it possible to pop off that cover and a lock cylinder like what's in all the other latches be put in to make it lockable? And if so, where can I buy the lock cylinders? Or do I have to buy a whole new latch / lock mechanism?

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I have a 2008 Seneca 35GS and I'm replacing the coach batteries with lithium but I now want to make that compartment lockable due to the cost of the batteries, as was suggested by the battery manufacturer. The current latch has a blank cover over what I'd guess you'd call the lock cylinder tube. Is it possible to pop off that cover and a lock cylinder like what's in all the other latches be put in to make it lockable? And if so, where can I buy the lock cylinders? Or do I have to buy a whole new latch / lock mechanism?

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When I replaced mine I had to buy a whole new latch. They should be BAUER.
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Old 06-05-2021, 06:52 AM   #3
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These are the locks on my 2020 Accolade. They are Southco Push to Close llatches.

https://southco.com/en_us_int/latche...Paddle+-+Front
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Old 06-05-2021, 07:34 PM   #4
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I think battery door lock is left off intentionally so that access is available in case a fire breaks out.
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Old 06-05-2021, 10:08 PM   #5
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Yes, I know... but with $1000 dollar batteries in there... too easy a target. The previous owner of our Seneca already had a short circuit in there that caused the chassis solenoid and a bunch of the wires in there to burn and melt... and they fixed it with electrical tape and for one of the smaller wires, they used speaker wire! So I got rid of all the cheesy factory wiring and replaced and rewired the whole battery bay so it's better than new. I feel that it's a safer design now and the way it should have been done. (I'll post a photo of what I did later) And I'm replacing the flooded batteries with lithium... so that's why I want to lock it now.
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New units have lockable latches now. Only the propane door is non lockable. Did you build a surround for the batteries or are they in an open bay?
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New units have lockable latches now. Only the propane door is non lockable. Did you build a surround for the batteries or are they in an open bay?
That is correct. My 2020 has the batteries in a lockable compartment right behind the driver's door.
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New units have lockable latches now. Only the propane door is non lockable. Did you build a surround for the batteries or are they in an open bay?
The bay is not sealed off from dust / moisture, but can't be accessed physically from bottom or sides if that's what you mean.
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Hello. I recently took several of my storage door lock handles off to clean and lube them to function better. Is switching the lock handle from the wet bay with the battery door not an option you'd be interested in?
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Would you mind giving me the specific model #s of the lithium batteries your purchased?
Were they about the same size? Did you buy them online or local?
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