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Old 03-17-2013, 09:06 AM   #1
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Battery Cable Colors ?

My battery was taken out of our 2013 Sabre for the winter. Wich cable is Pos. & Neg. (white- Black) ??
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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My battery was taken out of our 2013 Sabre for the winter. Wich cable is Pos. & Neg. (white- Black) ??
Consider it like house wiring, Black is hot, White is Neutral/Ground.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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black hot white ground ...

YOUR EXPERIENCE MAY DIFFER !

follow the white and make sure it goes to chassis ground.




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You would thing black would be negative as it's a 12 volt car battery right?
WRONG! The color code used is for trailer wiring. After all, your RV is a trailer. The color code follows the 7 pin connector color code. Black = positive and white = negative.

I went through this last fall when I took my battery out for winter. I took a picture before battery removal. That's when I noticed black on the positive cable and I though who is the retard that wired this up. Everybody knows white and black is color code for 120Vac. Well it's not a 120 volt application so that thinking is kind of wrong but white wire in 120 Vac is neutral so you are close. You would think factory would use red and black wires instead but nope.

Anyway, here is 7 pin trailer plug color code. White = earth = ground = negative.





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Old 03-17-2013, 09:34 AM   #5
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The best way is to try and trace one back to the frame ground.

If you can't do that plug into the TV or shore power and using a meter check for either positve 13 volts or negative 13 volts.

Positve 13 volts means the red meter wire is connected to the positive wire and negative voltage means you guessed wrong on which one was positive.

Getting it wrong with the battery will result in damage to your converter. Label the wires once you figure it out.
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Sometimes.....By no means a standard, The Lugs are diffrent sizes. The positive lug and pos. threaded Terminal on the batt. are larger than the neg. Just a note.
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On my Columbus the Black is hot and the White is neutral.
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Sometimes.....By no means a standard, The Lugs are diffrent sizes. The positive lug and pos. threaded Terminal on the batt. are larger than the neg. Just a note.
Huh ?

Only if u use actual battery clamps.

I've only seen ring terminals being used and there the same.
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The positive lug is 3/8" thread, the negative 5/16"...typically on most 12v deep cycles.
Typically being the key word
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:03 AM   #10
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You should have marked it when you disconnected it!!

I agree with others-- follow the leads- one of them probably goes to
trailer frame somewhere fairly close to the front end of the trailer.
Or use a meter with shore power on.
The one fastened to trailer frame is NEG.

IF you assume anything color wise on a TT you could wrong!

I marked my + with some red electrical tape.
I know 99.99% of you folks don't have red tape but I DO!!
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