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Old 06-01-2020, 08:59 AM   #1
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2016 grand tour - question on connecting house batteries

I am a new owner of a 2016 Grand tour and was having house battery issue. Before removing my Lifeline 24t batteries, I took a picture of the wiring. (Attachment). When reinstalling, I noticed in the picture that one “red cable” was not attached to a battery post. That cable is located in the lower right corner of the picture. Having a loose cable doesn’t make sense. Should it be connected to something? Where?

On the battery post that I think this cable would be attached to is a fuse.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:05 AM   #2
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The 12v batteries must be connected in parallel.

Both positive battery posts should be connected together. Both negative battery posts should be connected together. There should be a red wire coming to either of the positive posts and a black wire coming to either of the positive posts.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:24 AM   #3
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Both batteries and posts are connected. The red cable across the top of the picture swings around to connect both batteries. The unconnected cable seems to be leading to a different location. Should it be connected to something ?
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I have no idea what it might have been used for. There is nothing in that area that it would reasonably be connected to. I would remove it before it shorts to something.
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I believe there should be two positive leads from the house batteries one is for the coach the other is for the generator starter
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On my 2013 EXT the two batteries are not directly wired together + to + and - to -. Instead two red cables come from a common terminal at the front of the battery box, one to each + terminal. Ditto for two black cables to the - terminals. I wonder if the loose red cable was supposed to go to the + terminal on the other battery. Without that connection you are using only 1 battery.
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I believe there should be two positive leads from the house batteries one is for the coach the other is for the generator starter
I agree. Either nothing will turn on in the coach, or the generator won't turn over. I believe both red wires should connect through the big 100 Amp fuse on the battery terminal. If something goes really wrong, it will protect the batteries and/or the coach.
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Old 06-01-2020, 03:51 PM   #8
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To facilitate discussion...OEM Battery Set-up - 2018 AIGT EXT

Unsure if any changes versus 2016.

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Old 06-01-2020, 03:56 PM   #9
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Thank you for the responses.
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To facilitate discussion...OEM Battery Set-up - 2018 AIGT EXT

Unsure if any changes versus 2016.

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That looks familiar. The positive lead with the split loom protection should run over to the generator. The fused lead goes to the house power/inverter
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Here are a couple pictures of my 2016 AI GT EXT. Looks similar to the picture for the 2018.
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