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Old 06-02-2016, 04:22 PM   #1
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Question where to terminate battery monitor wires?

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For a modest fee ETI will, when building my 2017 21', wire in the wires for a battery monitor that I'll add. (They wont install it, just pre-wire for it)

I had suggested to them"Wed want the battery monitor wire pre-wiring wires to terminate in the vicinity of the other monitor type displays (so adjacent to the standard monitor panel display, for example).. if that is a possibility. (?)

Their reply was "I can run the pre-wiring to the vicinity of the existing monitor panels. As they are located over the fridge there is nowhere for me to terminate them which would allow you access to them. My suggestion would be for us to run them to the overhead cabinet beside the fridge."

I'm good with this... I just want it away from the poking fingers of any children. Up high is good.

I have attached a photo, that I harvested from "Its Friday thread, of someone elses 21'.... then added my black text indicating where I think they should terminate the wires. Is this a good place? (for being up high)

I'll probably get the Trimetric TM-2030-RV



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Old 06-02-2016, 04:33 PM   #2
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What I know about electricity, you could put in your eye an blink and not feel it. But, I'd have the wires run and terminate in the drivers side overheard cabinet in the rear dinette. That's where the batteries are located (in the dinette benches I mean).
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Is there room above the cable tv outlets for the monitor in that location?
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Is there room above the cable tv outlets for the monitor in that location?
I myself won't be getting the cable tv hookup (well spotted!) so I am guessing I will be ok...?

I may make the trip to tour the 2017 showroom model at ETI in a while... Much would be looked at, and measured, at that time.

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Hi all

For a modest fee ETI will, when building my 2017 21', wire in the wires for a battery monitor that I'll add. (They wont install it, just pre-wire for it)

I had suggested to them"Wed want the battery monitor wire pre-wiring wires to terminate in the vicinity of the other monitor type displays (so adjacent to the standard monitor panel display, for example).. if that is a possibility. (?)

Their reply was "I can run the pre-wiring to the vicinity of the existing monitor panels. As they are located over the fridge there is nowhere for me to terminate them which would allow you access to them. My suggestion would be for us to run them to the overhead cabinet beside the fridge."

I'm good with this... I just want it away from the poking fingers of any children. Up high is good.

I have attached a photo, that I harvested from "Its Friday thread, of someone elses 21'.... then added my black text indicating where I think they should terminate the wires. Is this a good place? (for being up high)

I'll probably get the Trimetric TM-2030-RV



thanks.
Some points to consider:
The light on the 12v outlet that faces the bed is bright enough to bother my wife at night. Our Trimetric over the refer acts like a night light and would be very bothersome shinning on the bed at night, although you can "select" to only have 2 small green lights on the Trimetric, if you remember before you get in bed.

To mount the Trimetric over the refer you would need to cut a hole, and reaching through to locate the coiled wire sitting atop the refer would be easy.
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:19 PM   #6
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If there is room for it, I'd put it over the refrigerator. You should be able to unscrew one of the monitors and pull it out to reach in and find their wiring run.

Our Trimetric has a light on it which is on when charging. Not much of a problem. But when the batteries are charged it blinks. Now that can be a problem when trying to sleep. I haven't found a way to turn this off, but this could be a case of not studying the manual (RTFM).

I do like the Trimetric for monitoring battery charge.

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there is always the black tape approach, for those that can not program their VCR, to stop that blinking light.
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I think Jim mentioned the Trimetric looses it's settings when you turn the battery cutoff for storage. Making you go and have to re-program it. So I passed on one.
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My Trimetirc is not on the disconnect switch, if I want to kill it I need to pull the fuse between it and the battery positive. The only time I've seen it loose it's settings is when I've sent it off for software updates.

Don't recall it loosing it's marbles over the winter but if I think of it I'll try pulling the fuse when I get back next weekend and see what happens.

Programming only takes a minute or 2 if you've written it down like you are supposed to. Probably less for folks with just the monitor.
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:09 PM   #10
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No thanks for me. Jim saved me money


"Yes, I had installed 2 Trimetric meters on prior units, never really took advantage of all the features, all the settings would change after unplugging and storage. I can see it's value on a boat or a motor home that is in constant use, but I'm not missing it"

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