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Old 05-10-2012, 12:28 AM   #15
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Before installing the new batteries, as stated earlier clean the area good, so it is free of any battery acid. Let dry completely and coat the entire area with the black "under coating" you can get this from Wal Mart or the auto parts house. This will help protect the metal from further rust.
NOW you tell me! Sounds like a great idea. I'll add it to my " to do" list for this summer. Thanks -- I think. Them puppies are sure heavy.
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Disconnect negative first. That way, If you hit metal on the coach with your wrench, it won't matter as that's what the negative is connected to anyway. Then do the positive AFTER the neg is disconnected. If you touch metal with your wrench, there will be no sparks as the neg will already be disconnected. Install the other way around. Positive first...won't matter if you touch metal with the wrench. Negative last...STILL won't matter if you touch metal with the wrench. Batteries should ALWAYS be removed and installed in that order.
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Just replaced mine last night and I took a picture.

Boy am I glad I did. I forgot which battery the main wire went to :(
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:57 PM   #18
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It's that simple!
Except the grunting, sweating and swearing...

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Yeah, but that happens regardless if it's batteries or whatever that is being worked on.
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if you disconnect the pos first and your wrench touches the chassis it could cause a severe burn and an arc so always disconnect the neg first
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Whenever I work on my RV, I ALWAYS invent a few new swear words!

One other thing I've learned is to keep a few pints of blood in the fridge cause inevitably, I'm going to cause some kind of bleeding from some appendage! LOL
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Turn everything off. Label every wire. Take pictures. Draw pictures. Test the voltage before you turn anything back on.

Oh, and get help. Those things are freakin' heavy.

I learned these things the hard way.
I like your approach, and in addition to your procedure of photos, drawings, I use nylon cable ties to tie each respective battery wiring connections together upon disconnecting. After removing and replacing the batteries, your cables are already bundled together, and all you need to do is check your photos and drawings to insure correction connections.
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