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 61 
 on: April 25, 2018, 11:21:03 AM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by windtrader
with so many variations, I need to determine which diagram best matches my coach, especially as it's a TMC and no crossref to the MCI serials. In order to do that, I want the safe ramps but still need to sort out how long to make each landing step. Such a process but fun? lol

 62 
 on: April 25, 2018, 11:19:07 AM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by windtrader
@craig - just curious what the access issue is? Dropbox has no connection to Google. The link should be public so anyone who clicks this link in a browser should get the files. I'd rather get this working or find another public access site for the docs. thanks don

 63 
 on: April 25, 2018, 11:09:06 AM 
Started by TomC - Last post by windtrader
I look forward to the day when my coach gets to the point where the finer points of battery cables is on top of my punch list!!!  Roll Eyes

 64 
 on: April 25, 2018, 10:29:59 AM 
Started by TomC - Last post by DoubleEagle
The only issue is before I went this route I bought a real nice American made adjustable head lug crimper that set me back $125 now I have no use for it.

Is it the TEMCo TH0005, by any chance? It gets pretty good reviews.

 65 
 on: April 25, 2018, 09:11:32 AM 
Started by TomC - Last post by eagle19952
Because my battery bank is 24v with 8 AGM batteries wired to pos/neg bus bars I needed many battery cables made up. By the time I figured out how much red/black cable I needed plus all the connectors and heat shrink I found that my local battery supplier could make them better and less expensive and quicker. I just supplied all the measurements and he made all the cables for about $300. The only issue is before I went this route I bought a real nice American made adjustable head lug crimper that set me back $125 now I have no use for it.

buy a bunch of lugs.
take them to a rally.
offer a upgrade service
charge 5$ and a beer
soon someone will buy the tool Smiley

 66 
 on: April 25, 2018, 07:14:01 AM 
Started by Dallas - Last post by Dave5Cs
Last we heard she was moving to North Carolina to her Mom's.

 67 
 on: April 25, 2018, 05:38:02 AM 
Started by Dallas - Last post by oldmansax
Good friend. Long time gone.  Sad

Anybody know what happened to Cat?

TOM

 68 
 on: April 25, 2018, 05:34:28 AM 
Started by TomC - Last post by scanzel
Because my battery bank is 24v with 8 AGM batteries wired to pos/neg bus bars I needed many battery cables made up. By the time I figured out how much red/black cable I needed plus all the connectors and heat shrink I found that my local battery supplier could make them better and less expensive and quicker. I just supplied all the measurements and he made all the cables for about $300. The only issue is before I went this route I bought a real nice American made adjustable head lug crimper that set me back $125 now I have no use for it.

 69 
 on: April 25, 2018, 05:17:52 AM 
Started by TomC - Last post by Oonrahnjay
  Everybody here is talking about the cable and heatshrink (obviously very important factors), but what about the actual crimping process?   I've seen plenty of cables, including high-current starter cables, whose lugs are attached by those hammer crimpers, assuming such a tool deserves to be called a crimper!   To prevent moisture wicking between the strands, and to assure the best possible electrical contact between cable and lug, the lug ideally should be squeezed on all its sides so it compresses onto the cable so tightly that it and the cable have effectively cold-welded themselves together into one solid indivisible fused mass of copper.   No hammer crimper will do this  -  all they do is dent the lug down into the strands of wire, leaving individual strands still separate from their neighbours.   No bueno.   ... 

    I'm in the middle of the cable process myself.  I was loaned a "hammer crimper" by "someone who knows everything and it's 'good enough' " and I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the quality of connection.  I cut a connection (on 2/0 cable) and found that the wire strands were (mostly) circular but the terminal sleeve was D-shaped.  There was a pinch where the dent made by the hammer crimper pushed into the cable strands but there were big areas where there was little-to-no contact at all.
    Next day, a Harbor Freight ("Horrible Fright!") ad popped up with a hydraulic crimper on sale.  I'm not much of a believer in HF, but some of their stuff is OK for a "hobbyist" -- it will never live in a pro shop for day-after-day use, but this crimper will probably for 10 years for the guy who picks through the tools in my shop after I die. 
    I'm just not going to have loose or improperly crimped connections on my bus.

 70 
 on: April 24, 2018, 10:56:02 PM 
Started by TomC - Last post by neoneddy
Maybe I'm a monster. I crimp and solder. I figure if I have a good connection I won't build heat and then the solder will hold fine. Been Rock solid this last year.


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