I recently acquired a 78 Dodge chassis TransVan that has some electrical issues. What I discovered first was that the vehicle battery wasn't charging. I removed the alternator and it passed a bench test. When I was re-installing the alternator I noticed that it appeared that the battery isolator had released it's internal smoke (pretty burnt looking) so here is my probable plan and some questions. Since this vehicle was born with an ammeter with full alternator current travelling through bulkhead connectors as well as the ammeter (which may have influenced the isolator meltdown) I plan to do this modification, Catalog
and while I am at it I will install a later model 120 amp alternator and fresh heavier gauge conductors. Now here is where I could use some advice. I need to replace the deceased isolator and reading about separators (such as Sure Power 1315-200 Battery Separator
) I like the features such as charging the vehicle battery first then the coach battery, being able to use the coach battery to assist starting if necessary, and if I read it correctly some models will charge the vehicle battery as well as the coach battery through the inverter when connected to shore power. Any opinions or suggestions? Thanks!