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Old 07-22-2016, 06:16 PM   #1
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Hey Airstreamers, I just got back from wildcamping/boondocking in lovely Crested Butte and need some help with electrical.

We had a great time and were off grid for four days. We ran mainly off of my Yamaha ef2000isv2 for a couple hours each day.

I currently have some old worn out Interstate srm's that are crap and want to replace with some lifelines and move them under the bed. I think I'd like two 6 volts. It seems to me that it should be a fairly easy job. I am also replacing the converter/charger with a pd4655v.

I know these things have been addressed elsewhere, but have you tried to search on this forum? It's easier just using google.

Here's my questions

-wiring, I initially with out checking schematics, thought that it would be a direct connect to my converter/charger from my battery under the bed but then wondered if it needed to go to my store/use switch.

-battery size. Has anyone put 6v lifelines under their bed and do they fit? Are they too tall? I know I could and will measure myself but the silver twinkie is in storage and well...I'm lazy and I thought you all would know. Is there a better option? Also has someone made a bracket is one available third party to secure the batteries under the bed.

-lastly i see all these cool trimetic and other brand voltage monitors. Do I really need one? I want to baby these new lifelines I get to get the most mileage out of them. Does the cheap voltage monitor Ive been using that just plugs into the DC acc slot work well enough?

I really appreciate all your comments. I've learned a lot here!

Thanks, Stephen
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Hey Airstreamers, I just got back from wildcamping/boondocking in lovely Crested Butte and need some help with electrical.

We had a great time and were off grid for four days. We ran mainly off of my Yamaha ef2000isv2 for a couple hours each day.

I currently have some old worn out Interstate srm's that are crap and want to replace with some lifelines and move them under the bed. I think I'd like two 6 volts. It seems to me that it should be a fairly easy job. I am also replacing the converter/charger with a pd4655v.

I know these things have been addressed elsewhere, but have you tried to search on this forum? It's easier just using google.

Here's my questions

-wiring, I initially with out checking schematics, thought that it would be a direct connect to my converter/charger from my battery under the bed but then wondered if it needed to go to my store/use switch.

-battery size. Has anyone put 6v lifelines under their bed and do they fit? Are they too tall? I know I could and will measure myself but the silver twinkie is in storage and well...I'm lazy and I thought you all would know. Is there a better option? Also has someone made a bracket is one available third party to secure the batteries under the bed.

-lastly i see all these cool trimetic and other brand voltage monitors. Do I really need one? I want to baby these new lifelines I get to get the most mileage out of them. Does the cheap voltage monitor Ive been using that just plugs into the DC acc slot work well enough?

I really appreciate all your comments. I've learned a lot here!

Thanks, Stephen
I think you mean battery monitor, not voltage monitor. They do a lot more than monitor voltage - they tell you current state of charge, remaining time, remaining amp hours, amp hours used, temp, etc etc.. if you value your batteries, and even hassle-prevention, get one.

I recommend Victron.
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Hey Airstreamers, I just got back from wildcamping/boondocking in lovely Crested Butte and need some help with electrical.

We had a great time and were off grid for four days. We ran mainly off of my Yamaha ef2000isv2 for a couple hours each day.

I currently have some old worn out Interstate srm's that are crap and want to replace with some lifelines and move them under the bed. I think I'd like two 6 volts. It seems to me that it should be a fairly easy job. I am also replacing the converter/charger with a pd4655v.

I know these things have been addressed elsewhere, but have you tried to search on this forum? It's easier just using google.

Here's my questions

-wiring, I initially with out checking schematics, thought that it would be a direct connect to my converter/charger from my battery under the bed but then wondered if it needed to go to my store/use switch.

-battery size. Has anyone put 6v lifelines under their bed and do they fit? Are they too tall? I know I could and will measure myself but the silver twinkie is in storage and well...I'm lazy and I thought you all would know. Is there a better option? Also has someone made a bracket is one available third party to secure the batteries under the bed.

-lastly i see all these cool trimetic and other brand voltage monitors. Do I really need one? I want to baby these new lifelines I get to get the most mileage out of them. Does the cheap voltage monitor Ive been using that just plugs into the DC acc slot work well enough?

I really appreciate all your comments. I've learned a lot here!

Thanks, Stephen
You can add a pair of either Lifeline's GPL-4CT or their GPL-6CT golf cart batteries under the 25's bed with no issues. I've done it many times!

Tri-Metrics are fine if you want to see your exact battery condition, along with your DC usage patterns. I would avoid the cheapie as they typically don't show you the true voltage condition of the batteries.

You can easily use strapping to retain the batteries in place. Use either aluminum angle (my choice) or 2 x 2 hardwood strips to form a base around the batteries.

You're on the right track!!
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Ok. I did it. Took out my OEM Intrastate Batts and put in a couple Lifeliners. GPL-6tc's to be specific. Also upgraded my converser/charger to a pd4655.
Then I got crazy on amsolar's website and got a Vitron 702 Lifeliner monitor. But wait, one more thing. I'm kind of a geeky guy so a got the victron Bluetooth dongle(love saying that word).
Took me awhile to get it all put together cuz I'm not that smart. Here's some pics.
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Don't cut yourself short. Looks great!
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Looks great!

Did you use the same battery connection cables or did you attach new ones?
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Actually a good idea for mounting the 702.. if you ever changed your mind, you could always just buy a replacement door!
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Looks great!

Did you use the same battery connection cables or did you attach new ones?
As per lewisters recommendation I bought 4 gauge welding cable and made connections. The welding cable was really easy to manipulate.
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Actually a good idea for mounting the 702.. if you ever changed your mind, you could always just buy a replacement door!
You know I just couldn't figure out were and how to run the wire for the monitor. I figured the charger converter was there why not. It is a little bit of a pain reading the monitor from where I minted it so I ordered a dongle for the Bluetooth and am running the app on my phone. Works great. I was even looking at it from my tow vehicle running down the road. I'll just use the 702 monitor as a backup to my smart phone app.

I never thought about just replacing the door if I want to put the monitor somewhere else. Thanks!
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Hi Stephen, how has the setup been performing?
Where did you get the aluminum angle braces?
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Hi Stephen, how has the setup been performing?
Where did you get the aluminum angle braces?
You realize this thread is from 2016? If you Quote him, you might get his attention IMO.
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Ok. I did it. Took out my OEM Intrastate Batts and put in a couple Lifeliners. GPL-6tc's to be specific. Also upgraded my converser/charger to a pd4655.
Then I got crazy on amsolar's website and got a Vitron 702 Lifeliner monitor. But wait, one more thing. I'm kind of a geeky guy so a got the victron Bluetooth dongle(love saying that word).
Took me awhile to get it all put together cuz I'm not that smart. Here's some pics.
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Hi Stephen, how has the setup been performing?
Where did you get the aluminum angle braces?
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You realize this thread is from 2016? If you Quote him, you might get his attention IMO.
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