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Old 12-05-2018, 01:20 PM   #1
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Tips on working with house battery cables

From owners of Fleetwood Diesel pusher motorhomes, I would like some tips on how to route the battery cables so they don't prevent removal of the caps to add distilled water.

Two of my four 6 volt batteries are to the point I will have to remove and then replace the cables on their posts in order to add water. How do I do that without frying myself, the inverter or some other 12 v components? Is there a step by step process you have used successfully?

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If you have to remove cables from a battery.....
1) turn the disconnect switch off
2) make sure you are not connected to shore power
3) disconnect the negative cables for the coach.


Now you should be able to remove any cables you need to without any sparks. Keep in mind to make sure you don't let the cables touch any other battery post when you are removing them. Another good tip is clean the batteries before you begin. This will just make things less messy and easier to see. You can use a battery cleaning spray or if you don't have that sprinkle baking power liberally on top of your batteries and rinse with water. It is also a very good idea while you are doing this to remove any cables that are corroded and clean them as well. A small wire wheel in a cordless drill works very nice for that.


Also when you re-attach the negative cables you will probably get a good spark. This is normal as the inverter is building up power when you first connect.


As far as re-routing the cables for access to the caps. It can be done but you might need to get longer jumper cables to make it happen. Can't say any more than that without seeing how your batteries are hooked up.




Good luck
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:02 PM   #3
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I use the Flow Rite battery watering system. I had one battery I could not add water due to its location prior to the Flow Rite system. Installing the caps was painless and now adding water to the batteries is super easy.



https://www.rvupgradestore.com/RV-Ba...-p/55-8752.htm


https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Flow-...-p/55-8753.htm


Also available from Amazon.
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Old 12-05-2018, 06:03 PM   #4
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I use the Flow Rite battery watering system. I had one battery I could not add water due to its location prior to the Flow Rite system. Installing the caps was painless and now adding water to the batteries is super easy.



https://www.rvupgradestore.com/RV-Ba...-p/55-8752.htm


https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Flow-...-p/55-8753.htm


Also available from Amazon.
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I went with the Flow Rite battery watering system for the exact reason you cited: cables in the way.
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Thanks.

The Flow Rite system looks like a winner! Thanks for the tip, and also the tip on how to disconnect the negative posts first!

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