I am starting planning on wiring up my 2002 Honda Odyssey to eventually tow a Casita
. I will describe in another post what I would like to install on a new Casita
that is usually found on diesel pushers with a multiple battery
bank. Needless to say, I would like robust power coming in to a Lifeline 31 from either the large alternator on the Odyssey or most likely if dry camping
dual Honda 2000i input of 30 amps. On my house I am installing a 4 wire Gen-Tran transfer switch with custom cables from Gen-Tran to convert the Honda parallel 3 wire to 4 wire so as to better justify the dual Honda's.
However, I am better at planning than implementing. For the Ody, I plan to use a Hellroaring BIC-75150 fed either by 8 gauge from the generator
(first choice) or from the battery
. The fat wire problem is that I want to run 8 gauge for power and ground to the rear Bargman connector based on Hellroaring recommendations. There are more robust connectors than a Bargman, but to stay compatible with a Casita
, I must use a Bargman connector. All the Bargmans I have seen take 10 gauge at most. And barely at that.
So far I plan to convert at the rear to 10 gauge from 8 gauge or just give up and run 10 gauge from the BIC-75150 to the rear of the Ody. Is there a way to stuff 8 gauge onto a connector that will fit a Bargman? Also what kind of wire connector is used for the center connector that is used for a Casita backup light
? Or does one just feed the wire in and tighten the screw without using a wire connector?
I could just install the BIC-75150 and let Casita do the wiring, but I plan to install Airlift bags and run the compressor wiring in the same split wire loom to the front. Besides, Casita probably would have a cow when they tried to install the Prodigy brake controller and find the firewall grommlet they probably always use full with fog lights
, transmission cooler gauge wires, etc. I'm not sure they have ever drilled a new grommlet hole in an Odyssey firewall.
Seems easier to do it myself. But first I have to figure out how to connect 8 gauge power and ground wires to a Bargman.
Note that the Airlift bags are for a loaded Odyssey (no Casita) and 4 bikes on the rear with a Yakima swing away rack. When towing with a Casita, a WDH would be used. I bet Charles will find it hard to resist pointing out that if I had a Suburban, I wouldn't need Airlifts.