Connecting Charging line to Side Post Battery - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-07-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Connecting Charging line to Side Post Battery

Wow... I have never before come up against the issue of connecting a charging line to a side post battery.... In my 2003 Sonoma the battery cable(s) quickly disappear into a loom. Right now I am thinking of using a large ring termional under the securing bolt. Does anyone have a better answer for this problem?
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Sounds like you have the solution. Be sure to put a reset-able circuit breaker at the battery end. You can get them at Advance Auto and other parts places. They will be located with the fuses. If I were doing it, I would use a 30 amp. I would also use stranded 10gauge wire to the camper.
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....... I would also use stranded 10gauge wire to the camper.
Yes, at least 10 gauge - bigger is better. As I've said before, at my local metal recycler they have wire by the pound at 10% of the price of retail - much of it new, ends off long rolls.
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Wow... I have never before come up against the issue of connecting a charging line to a side post battery.... In my 2003 Sonoma the battery cable(s) quickly disappear into a loom. Right now I am thinking of using a large ring termional under the securing bolt. Does anyone have a better answer for this problem?
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Replace the bolt with a piece of thread rod. One nut to hold the vehicle cable and a second for your charge line. If it is metric, thread rod might be hard to find so a longer bolt with the head cut off might have to do. Raz
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Sometimes there is a junction on the inside fender, follow the wires from your alternator, battery and starter.
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My GM vehicle has the Junction Box (RED) and that is where you JUMP and make other connections.
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I went to get a bolt to follow P. Raz's idea and discovered that a part already exists. Here is a link: Lynx/Brass side mount battery terminal bolt extender (07050) | Battery Terminal Bolt | AutoZone.com_
One end secures the original cable and the other is a threaded stud. Less than $5. Thanks for the help.
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