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Old 12-31-2017, 11:15 AM   #1
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2 Six volt batteries

Is there a correct sequence to un-install and re-install two six volt batteries in my 5r? Is it ok to use a standard wrench or do I need something special? I want to make sure I don't do any damage.

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Old 12-31-2017, 11:29 AM   #2
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I just use a regular wrench and unhook the positive cable first, this is how I do it for all batteries, no special tools needed. When reinstalling perform in reverse hooking the positive up last.

If you pull your batteries out completely make sure you have the batteries connected to each other before connecting to the neg/pos cables of the camper.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:50 AM   #3
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I just use a regular wrench and unhook the positive cable first, this is how I do it for all batteries, no special tools needed. When reinstalling perform in reverse hooking the positive up last.

If you pull your batteries out completely make sure you have the batteries connected to each other before connecting to the neg/pos cables of the camper.
Definitely not to question your abilities ~ but when you remove the positive cable first, do you ever see a spark between the cable & battery terminal?

I have always removed the negative terminal first, this removes the grounding effect, no spark from the positive terminal and isolates the battery power.

For twin batteries, I'd remove the negative cable which connects to the camper wiring, then disconnect the positive from the other battery which connects to the camper, then remove the jumper cable between the 2.

Reverse procedure when reinstalling the batteries. (sorry, edited for a 2 part question from the OP)

But, that's just how I'd do it.
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Good habit to do negative 1st, then there is no danger of wrench contacting ground, more revelent on cars with more metal around. Always be sure the wrench can't reach both terminals at the same time
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Definitely not to question your abilities ~ but when you remove the positive cable first, do you ever see a spark between the cable & battery terminal?

I have always removed the negative terminal first, this removes the grounding effect, no spark from the positive terminal and isolates the battery power.

For twin batteries, I'd remove the negative cable which connects to the camper wiring, then disconnect the positive from the other battery which connects to the camper, then remove the jumper cable between the 2.

Reverse procedure when reinstalling the batteries. (sorry, edited for a 2 part question from the OP)

But, that's just how I'd do it.
You will get the same spark from positive or negative if sufficient current is being drawn from batteries.
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Old 12-31-2017, 12:38 PM   #6
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As I reach for the popcorn ... I will support that if you remove the negative first ... you'll have no issue with your wrench creating fireworks because you swung it over to something metal while removing the positive.
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Negative first.
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Old 12-31-2017, 01:03 PM   #8
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NEG first as stated above. Use a box end wrench or socket wrench. Don't need any slip of the bolt accidents. No crescent/adjustable wrenches.
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Good habit to do negative 1st, then there is no danger of wrench contacting ground, more revelent on cars with more metal around. Always be sure the wrench can't reach both terminals at the same time
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Old 12-31-2017, 01:43 PM   #10
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Ground leg first. In the old days we had pos. Ground equipment. If you want, tape your wrench first, protection never hurts.
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