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Hiding the battery whilst avoiding grease on the seats
When our Traveller, Moose, was built we wanted a shiny engine bay.
Batteries are not shiny.
So we put the battery under the rear seat instead.
The car battery is a low maintenence item these days so it's not really necessary to have quick easy access to it. The only time it may be a pain to have the battery under the rear seat is when you need a jump start. Dragging those greasy oily jumper cables (that you borrowed from the local garage on that dark wet and windy night) into and over your nice cream leather upholstery is just not going to happen! So what do you do?
How about fitting jumper cables permanently in place on the battery and run the cables to a plug in the boot? That way all you have to do is connect up your nice clean jumper cables to the donor car/battery and plug it in to your car. Easy.
An added benefit is that the car that's providing the jump start doesn't have to risk an accident by doing a U-turn to get the cars nose-to-nose. Simply drive up to the rear of the stranded car, pop the bonnet, plug the cables in, and away you go. Too easy.