Trimetric 2030 Battery Monitor Shunt Location and Battery Connection - Page 2 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Escape Systems | Water, Waste, Charging & Propane
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-16-2018, 10:05 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Escondido, California
Trailer: 2012 Escape 19'
Posts: 888
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian B-P View Post
Since the shunt must be in the (only) path from battery negative to the rest of the trailer, the three locations choices are then:
  1. in the battery box (probably not enough space),
  2. in a separate external box (that would be my choice), or
  3. inside the trailer.

Since the shunt dissipates a little bit of heat, it might make sense to use a ventilated weatherproof box, rather than a completely sealed box; on the other hand, Victron's box appears to be just sealed. A metal box might be another alternative.
I have my shunt inside the 19' on the driver's side box under the dinette and never felt any heat at all coming from mine, even in my high amperage setup...no box needed...
__________________

__________________
480 Amps 12VDC Battery Capacity,
350 Watts Adjustable Solar Panels,
2500 Watt Inverter;
"Want Some Ice Cubes?, "Want a Frozen Margarita?", Want a Jump?"
hotfishtacos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 10:12 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Burlington Twp., New Jersey
Trailer: 2010 Escape 19
Posts: 1,657
Quote:
Originally Posted by hotfishtacos View Post
I believe your trailer has a 30 amp converter (battery charger) so a short 10 AWG wire from the battery will be sized correctly for that load. I have 4 6 volt batteries and installed a 45 amp converter in my 19" so I ran 8 AWG in mine. I've measured almost 50 amps when charging and the 8 gauge gets slightly warm after a few minutes. Sizing that wire feed is important and I believe 10 AWG will be fine.
Donít all Escape trailers use the WFCO 8955 power center? This has a maximum DC output of 55 amps based on the unit specs.

WF-8955 | wfcoelectronics.com
__________________

rubicon327 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 10:41 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,667
Quote:
Originally Posted by hotfishtacos View Post
I have my shunt inside the 19' on the driver's side box under the dinette and never felt any heat at all coming from mine, even in my high amperage setup...no box needed...

But it's open to a large cabinet volume. Trap it in a little sealed box and that may change.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hotfishtacos View Post
Running a single 10 AWG or 8 AWG wire from the negative post of the battery to the inside of the trailer is easy with a drill and some sealant for the drilled holes. Then, no box is needed because weather-proofing is not an issue for the shunt and the wire can be terminated directly to the shunt inside then another supply wire to the ground wires from the power center to the other side...my vote is to keep the shunt inside and the impact of that choice is minimal...
That all makes sense, and works fine, but I just dislike equipment buried in cabinets. If the cabinet used (presumably under a dinette seat) is used for storage (or a stuffed-in shore power cord), then I would still want some sort of cover (not sealed at all) for physical protection of the shunt and wiring terminations.
Brian B-P is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 10:57 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Escondido, California
Trailer: 2012 Escape 19'
Posts: 888
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubicon327 View Post
Don’t all Escape trailers use the WFCO 8955 power center? This has a maximum DC output of 55 amps based on the unit specs.

WF-8955 | wfcoelectronics.com
You are right! It has been a while since I made the installation and I remember now doing it to set the charge voltages for my 6 volt batteries.
__________________
480 Amps 12VDC Battery Capacity,
350 Watts Adjustable Solar Panels,
2500 Watt Inverter;
"Want Some Ice Cubes?, "Want a Frozen Margarita?", Want a Jump?"
hotfishtacos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 11:07 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Patandlinda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ventura County, California
Trailer: 2013 19 Escape
Posts: 4,406
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubicon327 View Post
Donít all Escape trailers use the WFCO 8955 power center? This has a maximum DC output of 55 amps based on the unit specs.

WF-8955 | wfcoelectronics.com
That's what we have Dave . Pat
Patandlinda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 11:07 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,667
Specs can change at any time, but it looks like the Escape web site specified 45 amps from 2005 (or earlier) to just before the 2009 introduction of the 13' and 19' models, and 55 amps since then. If the published spec is correct this trailer could have either, depending on date of manufacture. Michael can just read the spec off of his converter (or the model number), but it's not a big difference.

Of course the battery can deliver much more than the converter, so while the converter/charger output rating is the highest-current case for charging, discharging current can (for a while) be higher if there is a enough load plugged in (which is unlikely without an inverter).
Brian B-P is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 11:19 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Escondido, California
Trailer: 2012 Escape 19'
Posts: 888
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian B-P View Post

But it's open to a large cabinet volume. Trap it in a little sealed box and that may change.


That all makes sense, and works fine, but I just dislike equipment buried in cabinets. If the cabinet used (presumably under a dinette seat) is used for storage (or a stuffed-in shore power cord), then I would still want some sort of cover (not sealed at all) for physical protection of the shunt and wiring terminations.
Under my driver's side dinette seat I have all of my power stuff,. I find it is practical to have it all in one place if possible; 3 gauge wires installed by Escape from the 2 batteries in the front box (4 total) to my 2,500 watt Inverter, Programmable Tristar/Morningstar Solar Controller, manual power transfer switch, Victron BMV-12 Battery Monitor with Shunt, battery disconnect, WFCO ULtra III WF 8955 Distribution Center and SolarMax 45 AMP Controller.

Since everything is inside the trailer, inside a single compartment I haven't gone to the bother of putting everything in separate boxes as you would for 120 volt installations.

Steve
__________________

__________________
480 Amps 12VDC Battery Capacity,
350 Watts Adjustable Solar Panels,
2500 Watt Inverter;
"Want Some Ice Cubes?, "Want a Frozen Margarita?", Want a Jump?"
hotfishtacos is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.