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Old 03-05-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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Has anyone added a voltimeter?

I just purchased an inexpensive LCD screen voltimeter to keep track of my battery power when boondocking. I plan to wire it up soon - probably with a switch of some type so it's not always on.

If anyone else has done this, where did you mount the screen in your rig and where did you tap into for the power. I'm hoping I don't have to run any wires all the way up to the batteries!

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Old 03-05-2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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Would suggest taking the time to check power draw of various items and make a list. Include fridge, lights, others. The fan on the furnace is one of the biggest power drains. Spend you money on a meter to moniter battery status. Plan on a recharge unless you have a large battery bank or are only going to be dry camping for a few nights. Consider a small generator that can recharge your battery each day with only a couple hours of run time/
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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I have a 12v DC digital volt meter that plugs into the DC power outlet. I also have a 110v AC meter that plugs into any regular wall outlet.
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Wired a AC voltmeter into power for the fridge and mounted it on that wall which has all the other gauges. Don't boondock so I don't worry about 12V power.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:40 PM   #5
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Here you go......

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Old 03-07-2014, 03:10 PM   #6
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Thanks Threebutchers - I knew I had seen a post about this before somewhere!
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You're quite welcome....probably my favorite mod!
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:53 PM   #8
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I installed a battery monitor to monitor volts/amps/AH Works really well. It's the round Link 10 in the middle.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #9
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We did put one in also. I went the easy way though and had the dealer hard wire 50 amp surge protection and paid extra to have the monitor put in also. Looks great and gives a lot of peace of mind!
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:15 AM   #10
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I installed my three meter DC MONITORING PANEL when we first got into taking the OFF-ROAD POPUP camper off the power grid. It is very important to us to monitor the batteries.

My three panel meter group consists of two digital DC VOLTMETERs which is direct connected right at my battery bank source and one digital +/- 75AMP DC Current meter which measures both input and output DC currents for my battery bank.

My meters was purchased from SURE ELECTRONICS ebay/china back in 2009 and now they don't have the HALL EFFECT DC Current meter anymore. Wish I had purchased a couple of them back then. They are installed in a standard PVC three switch electrical box (LOWES). All cabling is using PVC flexible conduit to the battery bank main Blue sea 4-position battery switch.

My MONITOR PANEL is installed on the side of a cabinet just as you come into my trailer. Easy view both from the inside and outside standing next to the opened door.





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