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Old 01-08-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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2 gauge premade battery cables

need to replace my 2 gauge coach (6 volt) battery cables. can make them but would rather buy premade 2 gauge cables. having problems finding a source. lots of 4 gauge but not finding 2 gauge. anyone have a source??
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:31 PM   #2
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Check local Battery shop, they can custom make them, any size, cost not bad either
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:01 AM   #3
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I've had my cables made at many different Interstate Battery shops for years. They will custom make them to length and the type of terminator you require in both black and red also having shrink wrap where the cable meets the terminator. They have many different gauges available.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:23 AM   #4
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Hey Wanderer1,

I picked mine up at WallyWorld a few weeks ago. 54" w/ ring terminals for about $11.00 ea. Shorter cables also.

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Do you run an inverter or other "Big ticket" 12 volt item with those batteries?

Starter cable sold at every auto parts place is usually 4GA if I'm not mistaken, can handle a lot of power. but wont' feed a multi-kilowatt inverter
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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Go to your local Welding Supply store, they will have spools and spools of welding cable in large sizes (small #) in red and black colors.

Welding cable is more flexiable/acid resitant insulation and has a smaller strand size, the shop will have a large selection of crimp on lugs and will crimp them on for you.

Remove your exhisting cables for a sample and they will duplicate them for you.

Cost is normally lower than the RV dealers/Auto supply stores
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Go to your local Welding Supply store, they will have spools and spools of welding cable in large sizes (small #) in red and black colors.

Welding cable is more flexiable/acid resitant insulation and has a smaller strand size, the shop will have a large selection of crimp on lugs and will crimp them on for you.

Remove your exhisting cables for a sample and they will duplicate them for you.

Cost is normally lower than the RV dealers/Auto supply stores
Very good advice!!
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However you decide to buy replacement cables, make a wiring diagram before removing anything. Might save you a severe headache later.
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It is also a good idea to take pictures from a few different angles.

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Before you decide firmly on #2, check on the output amps of your charger/inverter and then size accordingly. Also take into account the distance of the run from the charger to the battery bank in order to accommodate any voltage loss.
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I just checked the Autozone website and they have premade 2 gauge cables in a variety of lengths. If the store doesn't have them in stock, they can get them overnight.
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Ref- Post # 6

The welding shop that I use has a chart that shows votage/amp loss for various gages of welding cable.
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