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Old 09-24-2017, 06:55 PM   #1
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Permanent Wiring for Battery Maintainer During Storage

I store my Newmar Ventana for extended periods and make it a practice to hook up battery maintainers for both chassis & house batteries.
I have been using temporary extension cords up until now...Chassis battys EZ as the outlet I use was near the rear pass side. The house bank was another story as I'd have to throw a cord under the MH to get near the front driver side.
I have thought a permanently installed extension cord would make hook-up EZ but couldn't figure out a convenient routing until yesterday while working on the rig and exploring various paths.

I found an EZ external path from the rear of the house batty compartment to the underside of the driver side compartments - I ran a 10 ft length of 1/2" PVC conduit along a front - rear reinforcing channel (securing it in place w/ Zip ties) this conduit terminated at the front side of the rear wheel well.

Using a second 10 ft length of 1/2" conduit I was able to push the conduit from the top of the pass side DEF bay (just ahead of the chassis batty compartment) across the coach and slightly forward ending at the front top edge of the driver side rear wheel well. I then trimmed about 8"-10" excess and was able to poke the conduit into the chassis batty compartment adjacent to the main cable runs.

next step was to feed a 14 Ga extension cord from the house batty compartment to the rear wheel well - I found I didn't even need a snake to do this as I could push the extension cord (w plug removed) through the conduit. Once at the rear wheel well I routed the cord up along a vertical support and attached w/ zip ties. I the fed it across to the chassis batty compartment and installed a plug.

Conduit & wire where neatened up and secured w/ more wire ties.

It now takes about 5 Mins to hook up both maintainers -
Temp extension cord from outlet to chassis batty compartment - 2 or3 way splitter used to plug in 1st maintainer and the "permanent" extension cord to the house batty compartment. Plug in the maintainer in the house batty compartment and connect clips to the batty bank - DONE
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I'm curious... Why did you choose not to plug the coach into 120V and let the charging system keep your batteries charged? Or, just remove the grounds on the house and chassis battery banks?
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I'm curious... Why did you choose not to plug the coach into 120V and let the charging system keep your batteries charged? Or, just remove the grounds on the house and chassis battery banks?
Wondering the same.
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Me too wondering.
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This hillbilly is wondering the same thing.
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