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Old 12-18-2017, 09:43 AM   #281
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You can buy silkaflex online, and it is probably less expensive than from their store.

I would also take pictures of anything needing re-done up there.


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Old 12-18-2017, 10:21 AM   #282
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A few random photos...

Noticed that I forgot to load a photo of the additional batteries in place



Photo of the soft rag I placed under the door to get the bumper to push down...hoping heat will create memory and the bumper stays in place. Still need to see if I can put some sort of adhesive to help it stay in place.



Potential location for Blue Sea switch (also plan to install the air compressor switch next to it, but first I want to see if I can find a factory switch that I can install in the switch bank location in the photo... that would be perfect and avoids making another cut out on the plastic trim).



And the last one, just cool to see batteries fully charged.

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Old 12-18-2017, 11:41 AM   #283
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Enjoying all the photos of your modifications. Any detail on how the additional trays are fastened and how much time it took to fasten them. I would like to add them also. Look forward to seeing the wiring of the new batteries together with the originals on the other side. Looks like the spare tire may be in the way. Thanks again for posting all the good modification information.
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Old 12-18-2017, 12:07 PM   #284
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Enjoying all the photos of your modifications. Any detail on how the additional trays are fastened and how much time it took to fasten them. I would like to add them also. Look forward to seeing the wiring of the new batteries together with the originals on the other side. Looks like the spare tire may be in the way. Thanks again for posting all the good modification information.
Each battery tray is held in place by 6, 1/4" pop-rivets. You line up the tray, mark the holes, drill, and using a larger than normal pop-rivet tool (the one I had only went up to 3/16" rivets, reason for having to get a new one)

Those are the six holes you see in this photo... I forgot to take a photo of the empty tray in place... but MCRider pdf doc has one... be sure to download that doc.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ml#post1949787



Getting the tool in there to pull the rivets was a lot of fun ( not! ), with so many things in the way...

This is the one I used (take off an additional 25% with the coupon):

https://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-...tle-66422.html

It might have been easier with a different model/style, but for 12 rivets, I went with the lowest priced one I could find...
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I think that I might have found a switch that would work in the stock location... for the air compressor... will report back when it gets here:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/141859343063
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I think that I might have found a switch that would work in the stock location... for the air compressor... will report back when it gets here:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/141859343063
Nice work wachuko!! That switch will work just fine. I used one with a voltmeter to make my original BIM work more like the Blue Sea ML-ACR.

Here is how I modified my BIM installation.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ml#post1991870

You are on the right track as the ML-ACR is a much better device.

Ive also bought several other items from impactproducts which is owned by Sprinter-Source forum member "hein".
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Nice work wachuko!! That switch will work just fine. I used one with a voltmeter to make my original BIM work more like the Blue Sea ML-ACR.

Here is how I modified my BIM installation.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ml#post1991870

You are on the right track as the ML-ACR is a much better device.

Ive also bought several other items from impactproducts which is owned by Sprinter-Source forum member "hein".
https://sprinter-source.com/forum/member.php?u=15586
Thank you. I am waiting for a day off from work to do the install (trying to see if I can get Friday off). I do not want to start it in the afternoon and not be done the same day...
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Something that I do not understand... yesterday, out in the sun, both batteries got fully charged... showing 13.3/13.4 volts

In the afternoon I plug it at home (15 amp outlet)... 12.8 V in the morning ???

Why the difference? or what I am seeing during the day is the voltage provided by the solar panels and not the actual battery charge... either way, I don't get it.

Also learned that the Fusion radio needs to be turned off manually. Does not turn off with the key switch (no, I did not leave it on all night ). Noticed it right away when I got out of the car and kept hearing the radio...unless it stays on while the lights stay on and then turns off after a few seconds... arghhh.. need to check.
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Why the difference? or what I am seeing during the day is the voltage provided by the solar panels and not the actual battery charge... either way, I don't get it.
Whenever there is a charging source in use, the control panel display will show the charging voltage, not the battery voltage.
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...Any detail on how the additional trays are fastened and how much time it took to fasten them. I would like to add them also. ...
Another idea in lieu of rivets is to use screws with neoprene washers (pic of them in this blog post, about 3/4ths of the way down). It's important to paint the new holes in the chassis, but we also felt that preventing rust should include isolating the holes if possible. That area is subject to constant water and mud spraying during rain.

We weren't adding battery frames but rather a general storage shelf, but it's a similar idea.
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Another idea in lieu of rivets is to use screws with neoprene washers (pic of them in this blog post, about 3/4ths of the way down). It's important to paint the new holes in the chassis, but we also felt that preventing rust should include isolating the holes if possible. That area is subject to constant water and mud spraying during rain.

We weren't adding battery frames but rather a general storage shelf, but it's a similar idea.
FYI, for battery trays, bolts protrude too much... must be as flat as possible on the battery bottom side...
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Appointment made for Thursday to replace valve stems with extended metal ones...

Got on the ladder last night and cleaned the solar panels. Window scrubber with extension pole put to good use.

Battery cable terminas arrived. 5/16". And I can drill them to 3/8" for the ones that require that. Good to go for this weekend wiring task.
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On Fusion Stereo Issue

YEP, the music stays on unless you hold down the power Switch until both the sound and the screen go off. I found that out also. Yes, it will drain the battery. The reason is the Fusion is off the House batteries vs. the chassis battery. I don't like this but I can simply put it on my shut down routine.

Also, on the say type of subject. I also accidently left the light(s) on outside that drained the battery. So my new routine is to 1) Double check the main touch screen for lights, water pump (only used on demand), water heater (only used on demand), and of as you indicated audio.

Since we have the same basic year and model coach, I also learned to ALL ways turn the Air Conditioner off before turning of the "Shore Power" or the "Generator" If you don't the breakers will flip.

When sleeping, the touch screen is back lit. My wife HATES that. So I turn off the back light but then you can's see the icons (especially for the bathroom light at night). My fix is 1) leave the Bathroom light on at night if on Shore Power. 2) Give my wife a flash light if boon docking.

When I leave my coach for a long time and really want to conserve electricity. I turn off the red House power switch. The only problem for me here is this also turns of the Refrigerator / freezer. So when boon docking, I really double check all drains on electrical power to allow my solar panels to keep up.

When using the generator, do not start up your Air Conditioner to early. What for the Microwave LCD to beep on. Remember, generator is 20 AMP, Shore Power is 30 AMPS and plugging to your house is only a trickle charge ONLY.

You guys are amazing, I legitimately want to take some lessons from you with an adult beverage at the CanOpener.

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Something that I do not understand... yesterday, out in the sun, both batteries got fully charged... showing 13.3/13.4 volts

In the afternoon I plug it at home (15 amp outlet)... 12.8 V in the morning ???

Why the difference? or what I am seeing during the day is the voltage provided by the solar panels and not the actual battery charge... either way, I don't get it.

Also learned that the Fusion radio needs to be turned off manually. Does not turn off with the key switch (no, I did not leave it on all night ). Noticed it right away when I got out of the car and kept hearing the radio...unless it stays on while the lights stay on and then turns off after a few seconds... arghhh.. need to check.
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