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Old 02-12-2015, 10:51 PM   #1
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Added a Volt Meter

Just thought I would post and show my new addition to the MH. Now I can keep track of my batteries.
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:56 PM   #2
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Good idea Andrew.
I also have been watching Ebay for the exact same blue meter.
Is it wired directly top the batteries?
Nice Job.
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I connected it to the hot and ground wires for the floor lights, found that those are fused and are connected to battery. When checking with volt meter the reading were identical to what the batteries were showing. Also it has an adjustment so you can set the reading.
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I'm in line with ramair but also added a momentary press to test so no parasitic battery draw (spliced into awning power) when in storage mode. Very useful when issues arise.
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Just thought I would post and show my new addition to the MH. Now I can keep track of my batteries.
nice job Ramair..
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I'm in line with ramair but also added a momentary press to test so no parasitic battery draw (spliced into awning power) when in storage mode. Very useful when issues arise.

Nice job Bubbles with the mounting and momentary button. Smart idea.
Where did you find the backplate?
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Great job to both of you!!!
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Nice job Bubbles with the mounting and momentary button. Smart idea.
Where did you find the backplate?
The back plate is just thin hobby plywood from Hobby Lobby. Cut to size, cut out holes (meter comes with snap in capability on each end) and found the tiny switch at local electrical supply house (drilled all holes to mount). Sprayed panel with several heavy coats of Rust-Oleum hammered black paint. I always install a thin plywood backing plate with 5 minute epoxy to whatever I screw to those thin walls of the MH so the item will stay secure and can be removed and replaced without screwing (no pun) up the holes. Got the meter same as ramair (ebay) but don't remember source. Numerals are green but the source had several colors available. really cheap also. Oh yeah a couple coats polycrylic.
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Has anyone thought about installing an amp meter, this will show the draw on the battery and also the charging rate.
I saw one in operation on a sailboat and it was very effictive
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Has anyone thought about installing an amp meter, this will show the draw on the battery and also the charging rate.
I saw one in operation on a sailboat and it was very effictive
Adding an amp meter can be expensive even buying a cheap China bomb.
A shunt is required in the 100 amp range to be safe.
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