……… The original living area battery was located in the back, next to the generatorI’m sure their theory was to vent the battery thru that foam duct to the outside thru the louvered in the generator door. It DID make a great place to mount the maseraror switch but there were 4 bolts holding this place on . usually the first thing the tech would leave out. Belonging to an engineer this coach still has this plate…..het, somebody call the Smithsonian!
So pulling out those bolts THAT won’t go back! and behind that plate are 2 golf cart batteries on one of Daren’s stainless steel battery slide trays.
Back in the day, this was a hot setup. Since then though we’ve learned this isn’t the best way to go.
Follow with me on this…….. First, bolting the battery in where it’s not quickly accessible is a fire hazard. If you do have a fire the first thing you need to do is quickly turn off all your batteries then run! With a set up like this you are screwed. Golf cart batteries gas out because of the thick plates and need their specific gravity checked softer. Both of these batteries are dead and swollen…they were not maintained because it was probably too much of a hassle….”out of sight, out of mind…..”
We will be taking these out and relocate 2 marine style 12volt batteries that charge much easier and faster to charge with a smaller converter. Those golf cart batteries need at least 80-100amps to shove power into those fat batteries.
If your going to camp “off grid” perpetually these batteries might work but the converter would need to be bumped up but if you never need such power why go thru the troubles to keep the system up.
Today I’ll be rewiring the front wiring, isolator and boost solenoid removed, a 160amp Semlax combiner, marine switches up front to quickly turn off all the batteries and the 2 living area batteries will go up front next to the engine battery.follow me tomorrow on this mod. This system will get a 130amp 1 wire alternator in the Serpantine belt system….the Heck with throwing fan belts!
In the end, all batteries up front shifts weight a little to the drive wheel, marine kill switches up front make good access for servicing and as I said up front is quicker access and much safer.
We live in America…you can do this circuit any way you like…..i want the system safer and more serviceable…..back beside the generator is a good place for non flammable storage for stuff like a fresh water hose, spooky hose if you still do that, etc.
Before I can fire up that awesome new Mini-Mac dashI need some good power, come back tomorrow to follow this project………