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The last phase of my battery update was to run new power cables from the truck to the camper. I installed a 2-pole 200A connector into my truck bed and a corresponding pigtail on the camper. The power cables (4ga throughout) run straight to the passenger side battery terminals. Of course the pos' cable is fused at both ends. Unlike most other TC installations I've seen, I have chosen to use a manual battery disconnect switch inside my camper rather than an ignition operated solenoid or a voltage sensitive relay.
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In case you missed 'em, here are links to Part 1 and Part 2.

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Hi,

A very neat job!

Is that a diode on top of the battery?

I used manually switched relays--but took the power for them from the ignition "on" key position. This lets me control which battery to recharge first from the alternator.


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Looks nice! I like the circuit breaker right on top of the battery too. [emoticon]

I'm going to check out those Odyssey batteries. I may pick up 2 new ones to replace the starting batteries in my diesel F350. I have a pair of older Optimas in the gas F350, but I have heard bad things about the new Optimas made in Mexico. Their pricing is astronomical now too. I remember when Optimas were $120. Now they're about $200.


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I checked out the Odyssey 1750 model, which fits my year F350's. Cost is $300-$350 each. Yikes!

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SoCalDesertRider wrote:

I checked out the Odyssey 1750 model, which fits my year F350's. Cost is $300-$350 each.

The DieHard Platinum P2 Group 65 is the identical battery as Odyssey's PC1750 and costs $199.00 at your local Sears store... and it comes with a 4-year free-replacement warranty.

The 'thing' on top of the battery is a fuse.
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msiminoff wrote:

SoCalDesertRider wrote:

I checked out the Odyssey 1750 model, which fits my year F350's. Cost is $300-$350 each.

The DieHard Platinum P2 Group 65 is the identical battery as Odyssey's PC1750 and costs $199.00 at your local Sears store... and it comes with a 4-year free-replacement warranty.

The 'thing' on top of the battery is a fuse.
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Sorry, I thought it was a resettable circuit breaker, rather than a replaceable fuse.

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