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Old 11-08-2016, 03:11 PM   #1
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Removing/pulling battery cables?

Has anyone had any success trying to pull out the old battery cables without removing all of the sealant at the bottom of the trailer? My cables go through a fabric sheath and I thought I would be able to pull the cables right through it, but I am not having any success. I have tried from the battery box and and the trailer interior.

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Old 11-08-2016, 03:30 PM   #2
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Why do you want to remove the cables? There is not much that can go wrong with them.
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Old 11-09-2016, 03:17 AM   #3
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Installing Lithium batteries under the front bed.
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Could you provide a photo of said fabric sheath?
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Old 11-09-2016, 05:33 AM   #5
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Not right now, my camera is occupied with project photos and I am not ready to download them to my PC yet. But this is what it looks like:

https://www.amazon.com/Pico-8213PT-F...bric+wire+loom

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Removing/pulling battery cables?

They may be taped together inside the sheath. Have seen it like that in other areas.
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Has anyone had any success trying to pull out the old battery cables without removing all of the sealant at the bottom of the trailer? My cables go through a fabric sheath and I thought I would be able to pull the cables right through it, but I am not having any success. I have tried from the battery box and and the trailer interior.

Thanks,Larry
I just had Marv Braun of Precision RV install a 900w / 600AH lithium system. Given the 2016 Classic's configuration, the new batteries went under one of the dinette's seats. As a result, the two original / heavy batteries located in the tongue box became redundant. That said, I still wanted convenient access to DC power outside the rig for various purposes including powering the portable air compressor that I use to inflate the rig's and the tow vehicle's tires. Marv connected (somehow) the original battery cables to the new lithium batteries and gave me negative & positive contacts (a quick connect with a robust fuse) located in the tongue box. The resulting system works well. Good luck. Dennis
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Old 11-09-2016, 01:39 PM   #8
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Thanks, I decided to reuse the battery cables in the box for the tongue jack and a couple of other things. The inverter cables will just be taped and left in the box. I really do not need to pull any new cables with that epiphany.

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Dennis, any chance you could post a pic of the battery box mod?
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That said, I still wanted convenient access to DC power outside the rig for various purposes including powering the portable air compressor that I use to inflate the rig's and the tow vehicle's tires. Marv connected (somehow) the original battery cables to the new lithium batteries and gave me negative & positive contacts (a quick connect with a robust fuse) located in the tongue box. The resulting system works well. Good luck. Dennis

That sounds good! Another alternative would be to connect your compressor to your TV's 7-pin receptacle. Bob Cross taught me how to do that and it's very convenient.
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I also put a 7-way plug on my air compressor so that it gets voltage when the truck is running, only. I want to use DC feed in my now empty battery box for the tongue jack, my rear view camera, and my Wi-Fi extender, all of which have DC termination in the battery box. The old battery cable provide a nice high ampacity feed from the DC bus.

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Dennis, any chance you could post a pic of the battery box mod?
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Rich, I will take a picture or two this weekend and post them.
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Rich,

Here is the picture you requested. My solar system installer, Marvin Braun, underscored with me the importance of a properly sized fuse so that no accidental current flows back into the rig to the lithium batteries potentially causing a problem.

In addition, I made a 15 foot 'extension' cord (not shown) with surplus 6 AWG wire - one end of the extension cord has the matching end of the red/orange connector in the battery boy that allows for quick connections.

Hope the picture helps. Dennis
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Great photo Dennis, thanks so much for sharing. I may do the same. I'll be using AGMs, not lithiums yet. This is useful.

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