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Old 07-21-2015, 05:07 PM   #1
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Locating batteries

Need a little help. I am in the process of running my cables for my batteries. I am looking at putting the batteries up front under the new couch/bed to minimize weight in the rear and the Boondocker converter is being put near the rear bath in the wall on the street side. Would it be best to run the cables through the walls or put them under the floor in a conduit . Will use #8 stranded unless someone has a better idea. Still up in the air on type of batteries. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:05 PM   #2
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It would be cheaper (wire cost) and have less voltage drop if you put the converter near the batteries, up front. The weight could not be much different. Then run 120 volt power to your converter/charger with inexpensive Romex type wire.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:46 PM   #3
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Locating batteries

Wiring for the converter has already been ran to the rear , may need to look for alternate place for batteries closer to the rear. Keep sending suggestions
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:55 PM   #4
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The PO mounted the extra batteries on mine in plastic battery boxes outside on the top of the rear bumper.

Easy to service. No gasses to vent outside. Close to the charger.

Sadly the cabling was sloppy and needed to be replaced. So they are disconnected for now.
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:57 PM   #5
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Is the belly open or are the interior walls removed? I'd probably not go through walls if it would mean drilling holes through many, having a serious brain fart right now, but you know the equivalent of wall studs.0
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:00 PM   #6
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Can you hide wire run along the interior wall, behind cabinets and closets and other things.
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:03 PM   #7
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If you try the belly route and the wheel wells are between the two you'll have to get the wire between the frame rails and work around any tanks under there.
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I should add ...

Mine is a 75 Overlander so the original battery and charger are tail side of the wheels. The cables to the 2 add on batteries mounted on the rear bumper goes under/behind the conspicuous space consumption awkward to use bath tub to the trunk.
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Locating battries

The walls are open and the belly pan is off at this time so wide open for ideas and suggestions.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:35 PM   #10
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Look at how the wires, especially 120v, run up the walls to the center overhead, can you run them through a hole in the wall by the battery's then aft in the ovrhead, and back down to near the converter.
You may have enough room up there. I added several 120v lines and 4, 10 gauge lines in mine. I think a couple 8 gauge lines should fit.
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