Got a new to us rig recently (details here 2009 Newmar Canyon Star 3205
) and will be transferring the battery bank (Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Tech Issues: Getting ready to go boondocking
) from the "old" 5er to the new MH. There's a compartment just behind the passenger wheel that will fit these just right.
Want to accomplish the following:
1. Pull the OEM Iota DLS-55 converter and replace it with my standalone Paramode 55 amp. Reason is that the Paramode has temp compensation. It gets hot where I live in the summer and the float voltage of the Iota can be a bit too high.
2. The house batteries were apparently relocated to the front engine bay of the MH so I'm going to pull the converter wiring and those batts out then install a box with a couple of posts inside similar to this (Dual PowerPost Cable Connectors Blue Sea Systems
). Then run some thicker wire back to the battery compartment (reusing my bus bars). I think my alternator is 130 amps (not sure on this). It looks like a 10 foot run from the front engine bay but I should know for sure this weekend (or at least have a better idea). I'm thinking 4/0 should do it but if you guys think smaller is fine, I'd rather save the money.
3. Install a slide out battery tray. I bought 4 of these (14" Knape & Vogt 8000 Undermount Pantry Slide
). Hope those will do the job. I've got 4 battery straps to hold the batts also.
4. Install inverter in compartment behind the steps. Run about 10 feet of #6 to the aforementioned bus bars in the battery compartment. Also, run 10/2 Romex from the inverter to a 30 amp RV receptacle in the shore cord compartment. I'm using a 300W inverter now but plan to get a 2000W one, that's why the Romex is so big. I'll run new thicker DC wires when I get the 2000W.
Batteries in back of truck
Future battery compartment.
Inverter will go here.
Batt and inverter compartments.