Today is our last day at Ocean Pond, the weather hasn’t been cooperating with me on the inverter project and today I put in over 7 hours. Boy am I sore.
The new battery box is now lines with plastic gator foam. You can see the new cables peeking out. It is already for the batteries.
The new batteries are installed (90 minutes later). The batteries are taller than the opening, I had to install hold downs, and the hook up of the new cables is awful as you can barely get tools into the opening.
The next job is to tackle the existing batteries.
I had to remove all the old cable and pull the batteries out. I checked them (they are only a couple of months old). The new cable is twice as big as the old ones so they barely fit. This was 90 minutes also.
The next project was to remove the existing inverter and prep the stop for the new.
As you can see they are not the same size.
I could never figure out why the old wires were not put in straight.
I had to move the battery transfer switch as I need the room for the inverter. This switch senses if the generator is turned on and turns off the shore power.
Unfortunately, I have to unwire and rewire the entire device. Another hour.
New location, look at all the room I freed up!
Finally, with the sun setting, the new inverter is installed.
It looks like a lot of extra cable, and there is. The cable from the new batteries to the 200 amp fuse is six-foot long. The cable from the old batteries has to be the same length for proper working specs. Thus an extra four-foot of black and red cable is floating in the opening. I will coil that up and tie it to the top of the opening.
After a very quick shower we went off to the final campfire. Here are some scenes from tonight.
Do I look tired or what, it is after dark but the flash makes it look earlier.
Susan is one of the hosts at Ocean Pond.
Eleven of us were at the fire tonight. Gospel music was sprinkled in with Haggard, Cash, folk and praise & worship songs. We all had a good time.
Miss Peggy and I make blueberry and cherry camp pies for the eleven.
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