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Old 11-29-2011
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Here's two pix. One shows the switch installed for the chassis batteries, which I leave off when parked more than a day or two. The other shows the fuse holders installed for the inverters and the house battery switch. The original BB method of mounting the fuses was an accident waiting for a little more vibration, about 1/8" to a dead short.
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Here's two pix. One shows the switch installed for the chassis batteries, which I leave off when parked more than a day or two. The other shows the fuse holders installed for the inverters and the house battery switch. The original BB method of mounting the fuses was an accident waiting for a little more vibration, about 1/8" to a dead short.
My compliments on a very clean engine bay. In lieu of using single post terminals to combine many battery connections, I might recommend the use of busbars which have multiple connection points. Bluesea makes some great ones, which flow plenty of current, and which are stainless so they won't corrode. You can see an assortment here: http://bluesea.com/category/82/35

Hope I didn't offend you in anyway, Ron. You've done a great job. I know Bluebird combined batteries on single terminal studs, but that doesn't make it the best solution.

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My compliments on a very clean engine bay. In lieu of using single post terminals to combine many battery connections, I might recommend the use of busbars which have multiple connection points. Bluesea makes some great ones, which flow plenty of current, and which are stainless so they won't corrode. You can see an assortment here: http://bluesea.com/category/82/35

Hope I didn't offend you in anyway, Ron. You've done a great job. I know Bluebird combined batteries on single terminal studs, but that doesn't make it the best solution.

Doug
Doug,

No offense taken. In fact that is the next thing to improve that bothers me about the wiring. Just might do that while I am bored here in Florida. Thanks for the link.

Another improvement may be made when I get new batteries, though that is some time off. One of the truck maintenance facilities I have used suggested using batteries with tabs rather than posts and connect them with a bus bar that is made specifically for that and is used on trucks. I haven't seen them anywhere, but the only thing that bothers me about those is that any vibration between batteries would tend to fatigue the terminals. Anybody got any info on that?
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Ron,

We saw this battery connection on a dump truck in Mexico a couple of years ago. It might fit in with your engine bay decor if you got a new screwdriver with a more colorful handle.

Just a suggestion from your friends in North Carolina.
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Lemme at that battery bay!
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When the terminal oversized, you're on the road and all you've got is a screwdriver, what else would you do?


(mild sarcasm there)
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The rednek way when I was growing up in LA (Lower Alabama) was a washer and a screw. Still works.
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I don't know about this engine compartment decor stuff. That's just too clean.
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Hay!!! He was driving down the road when I took the picture. It seemed to work for him.
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Ron,

We saw this battery connection on a dump truck in Mexico a couple of years ago. It might fit in with your engine bay decor if you got a new screwdriver with a more colorful handle.

Just a suggestion from your friends in North Carolina.
I think that is actually the main electrical shutoff; only trouble is it only shuts off once. OR you can use it roadside for welding, too
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