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Old 02-20-2016, 05:14 PM   #11
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Making Sense now

Went to Napa and bought a top terminal mount and attached to positive post. Ran the Converter/Charger cable to it along with the Solar input from the controller along with the battery monitor shunt power connection.
Attached the cable from the alternator, Battery cut-off/Generator and battery link to the screw post. I tried attaching all four cables to the screw post and barely got them on with great difficulty. It totally blocked access to the battery caps preventing easy checking of water levels and SG. So that's why I purchase the top post terminal connector. All the values on the clamp-on amp meter now make sense.
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Battery cut-off and generator are on the same cable. However, the cut-off doesn't prevent use of the generator at any time.

Converter Charger will charge the house batteries when plugged in to shore power regardless of cut-off switch position.
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Old 02-20-2016, 05:36 PM   #12
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Nicely done...neat & clean now!
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:04 PM   #13
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If anyone has the Bigfoot Jacks they will also have a positive connection directly to the battery
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:16 PM   #14
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If anyone has the Bigfoot Jacks they will also have a positive connection directly to the battery
I have BigFoot jacks and when I attached the alternator cable from the relay to the battery, the BigFoot panel lit up. I believe there must be some relays and solenoids inline as the engine being on will trigger the BigFoot alarm if the jacks are down and the lights stay on while the engine is on. I'm charging my batteries right now, but later I can check it more thoroughly and disconnect that cable marked alternator and see if that affects the levelers.
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On mine (2016) one of the red cables to positive is marked Bigfoot Jacks. I just got my unit and haven't examined it any closer
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:17 PM   #16
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On mine (2016) one of the red cables to positive is marked Bigfoot Jacks. I just got my unit and haven't examined it any closer
Mine is a 2016 also, but probably an earlier build than yours. Since there are so many variations of the 12v electric, it's no wonder that FR doesn't give out diagrams and schematics.
Curious, can you take a photo of yours? I'd like to see how your battery cables differ. Always a learning experience here on the forum.
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:45 PM   #17
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I sure will. I'll be out in rig in a bit. Mine was built in December 2015 picked it up last week. And your right about different variations
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Ok here's a pic of my battery wiring. On left positive post is converter positive cable and battery positive cable. On the positive post on the right is the power jack positive cable. Of course the small positive wire in the center connects the two batteries.
Correction unit was built January 2016.
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Ok here's a pic of my battery wiring. On left positive post is converter positive cable and battery positive cable. On the positive post on the right is the power jack positive cable. Of course the small positive wire in the center connects the two batteries.
Correction unit was built January 2016.
So mine was wired like yours is. The Power Jack cable on yours was what I thought was the alternator/ leveler as my bigFoot panel lit up when attached to the battery. It was in the same location.
So where does the alternator make it's connection to the house batteries for charging and engine battery boost when needed? I would still think it's the power jack cable with relays and solenoid.
Challenging isn't it?
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forgive my ignorance, but with the shunt wire (the wire between the two batteries) does that make both terminals in effect the same? could you not connect a couple of your reds to the other terminal? Maybe I'm not understanding the problem. If so, please ignore.
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