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Old 10-06-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Columbus battery

Is there room for two batteries if you have the inboard generator? One I looked at seemed to have a single battery box with a snorkel tube routed to an exterior vent. It seemed to be mounted at an angle which I thought strange. Not sure really why you'd need a battery box at all considering there were multiple 2" holes in the floor of the lp/battery/genset compartment.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:39 AM   #2
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Yes there is room for 2 battery's when gen. Is installed
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:39 PM   #3
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Speaking of Columbus battery........This is from my 320RS. Low quality cell phone pic I know but you get the idea.




Some questions for the factory guys.

Why did they throw out the wingnuts and put in hex nuts? EVERY deep cycle battery I have owned came with wingnuts from the manufacturer.

Why did they use black and white wiring instead of red and black. Everyone knows black and red is 12VDC. Black and white is 120VAC. Some inexperianced RV owner is going to hook up the black wire to the negative side and the white wire to the positive side. This will be WRONG as the black wire is on the positive side of battery. It's like the factory was thinking 120VAC black wire is hot and white is neutral. I plan on wrapping crimp terminal and wire with black and red electrical tape.

Factory also forgot to take off the date code round dots on the battery. Maybe this is dealer prep stuff, who knows.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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Believe the dealer fits a battery in a trailer. That's why you end up with a cheapo.
The wiring, of course is by the manufacturer.

So did yours not have a battery box?
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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I'll look into the Color of wiring for the Battery hookup. We don't install battery.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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Speaking of Columbus battery........This is from my 320RS. Low quality cell phone pic I know but you get the idea.

Some questions for the factory guys.

Why did they throw out the wingnuts and put in hex nuts? EVERY deep cycle battery I have owned came with wingnuts from the manufacturer.

Why did they use black and white wiring instead of red and black. Everyone knows black and red is 12VDC. Black and white is 120VAC. Some inexperianced RV owner is going to hook up the black wire to the negative side and the white wire to the positive side. This will be WRONG as the black wire is on the positive side of battery. It's like the factory was thinking 120VAC black wire is hot and white is neutral. I plan on wrapping crimp terminal and wire with black and red electrical tape.

Factory also forgot to take off the date code round dots on the battery. Maybe this is dealer prep stuff, who knows.
Happens all the time black on negative white on positive then the converter fuses blow.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:27 PM   #7
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Battery fits into a recessed hole in the floorpan of the basement. Location is up front were the jackshaft is for landing gear - open up that door, it's on the right. There is a battery box "topper" with a flex hose to vent off explosive fumes from recharging battery. Kind of a cool setup actually.

Company I work for makes the systems that put labels on just about anything. Labeling batteries is just one market we do. Johnson Controls is the company that had the production lines for many lead acid batteries. Truth be told, many batteries are the same internal guts. Different case, different labels, but the inside design is the same accross MANY different battery brands.

Here is another dirty secret, cheap filters, oil, soap, toiletries, drugs, foods, etc. are actually the good name brand product. Just a different label goes on for the low buck stuff. It's all part of private brand labeling. Fortunatly I have had great experiance with Interstate brand batteries.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:32 PM   #8
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Happens all the time black on negative white on positive then the converter fuses blow.
Turbs is this RV standard - use black and white wire for battery? After the converter when it gets processed to 120Vac I understand it. But 12Vdc battery wiring is alway red and black in other motorsports industries. Never had anything 120Vac in my boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, mowers, etc. RV is the first "toy" I have had that mixes both AC and DC.
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Turbs is this RV standard - use black and white wire for battery? After the converter when it gets processed to 120Vac I understand it. But 12Vdc battery wiring is alway red and black in other motorsports industries. Never had anything 120Vac in my boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, mowers, etc. RV is the first "toy" I have had that mixes both AC and DC.
For forest river it is . I know it's retarded but that's the way they do it .your 7 prong rv connecter on your tv uses black for positive and white for ground as well.
I'm assuming this is why but not sure.

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Usually it is cheaper to get heavy wire 4/0 and up in Black or White They do sell colors in larger sizes but can be very expensive.....
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