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rlchenry

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Still working!!!!

Here are some things I put in for a better electrical system.

Here is a shot of the whole thing. I plan to put two (if I can fit) golf cart AGM's in here, otherwise one large 12V AGM. I need the AGM because I don't want to vent this compartment and it is inside the camper. The little battery is what came with the camper. I am careful with it for now (flooded type).

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I put in a Blue Sea combiner that is linked to the truck's battery. Some new bus bars (to an additional DC panel) and fuses are below it.

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This is the new DC panel that I wanted some switched items for (stereo). It also conveniently has a DC voltmeter to check the battery level. I guess I need some new labels, huh?

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Right next to the battery, and before power goes to ANYTHING else, I put an emergency shutoff switch and a big honkin' fuse. This also gives me a way to COMPLETELY shut off any loads on the battery for working on the system, etc.

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And finally, just for grins, I put a cheezy automotive type ammeter in line with the battery. This lets me see (in VERY rough terms) how much current is going into (charger working?) or out of (left someting on?) the battery.

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Be careful, as even sealed batteries can give off small amounts of gas while charging.
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Thanks for the warning!

I don't think I'll ever be putting enough amps into it for that to be a problem, though - my charging systems are pretty tame.

AGMs would take quite a lot of charge current before they would start gassing at all.

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rlchenry wrote:

AGMs would take quite a lot of charge current before they would start gassing at all.

You are correct, but some people think AGM's are completely immune from gassing.

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