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  1. Your controller at 200vdc input should handle your panels in series.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    I've been watching the batts closely. They charge up and hold 12.5+ for days. I started it yesterday after putting it on the block heater for a couple hours. Started right up, no problem. I'm wondering if there's something else going on....
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    My 5yo batteries are getting weak. Replacing does not look like a DIY thing. Anybody ever done this?
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    Honda 2000i or Predator Generators?

    People often mention the availability of Honda parts. It's extremely unlikely you'll ever need them. And the comparative word is "than", not "then."
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    M2 dash heat controls

    Mine's the same way. Interesting.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    Yes, both batteries measure the same.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    Well, I'm a bit confused now. I thought weak batteries and voltage readings sort of went together..maybe not. They've been holding 12.6-12.7 for several days now, but I still have the struggle when starting. Can batteries show a good charge and hold one but still be weak?
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    I'm not sure where to post this

    lol
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    Traveling in cold weather

    That's how I think of "wind chill" on pipes. No, it's not the same as human skin, but driving at 60mph is going to have a significant effect on how long that heat you're pumping into the bay will stay there. I guess it's "wind suck."
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    Traveling in cold weather

    I'd set it higher than that.. you want it on constantly. That's cold.
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    I'm not sure where to post this

    Doesn't look anything like an MDT.
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    Traveling in cold weather

    Highs in the 20s? That's pretty cold. Run the furnace on the road.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    If there was only a decent truck shop around Palm Springs I'd be there in a heartbeat. So far I haven't found anything but junkyards. EDIT: Stopped by T&A Truck center on Dillon Road. Seems qualified, busy place, open 24/7. Any horror stories about this place?
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    What shop?
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    Volvo? why?
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    Sportchassis says it's not a problem. You say it is. Sheesh...I guess I'm going to have to look at the physical battery and measure the post spacing. No wonder I rarely do any work myself.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    That's the positive side. I understand about how they connect, I'm just not clear on how adjustable they are if the new batteries don't have the same screw-post spacing.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    Screws? Where? The spacing of this "red thing" concerns me. Doesn't look flexible at all.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    I have talked to Sport Chassis and we've resolved the height issue. My concern now is that red connector with the 4 fuses on the + terminal. It doesn't look flexible at all which leads me to believe the spacing of the screw battery terminals is important, but SC says it isn't. Ok.. hope they're right.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    They're 5 years old so due.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    I'm having trouble in the Palm Springs area finding any mechanic who's ever changed out batteries in this truck. I guess it isn't a highly technical job, but I'd prefer someone who doesn't have to be told which batteries to get and freak out about the fuse-holder assembly on the + terminals. I'm not ruling out doing the job myself as I can probably find someone to pull the batteries for me. They come with plastic lift handles. My batteries are holding at 12.5 which isn't too bad, but it worries me how it strains to start.
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    M2-106 Air leak

    2008 FL M2-106 Sportchassis, 8.3L Cummins ISC. Need help with air leak. Just spent 3 hours at the Freightliner shop in Hurricane UT trying to find my newest leak. No joy. Symptoms are: Pressure gauge (just 1) reads 50lb after 24hrs, almost zero after 48 hours. Cab bags deflate - cab sags. Passenger seat won't stay up for even 1/2 hour. Driver seat ok. All other bags ok. Hydraulic brakes. Air tanks (2) appear ok, drain valves ok. I've sprayed every fitting I can see with no signs of leakage. Wassup with this?
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    After a bit of research I have to agree. No suitable replacement.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    Yeah, that's why I'm seriously thinking about having a shop do it. It looks like very little clearance to lift straight up, and having to reach in there ain't gonna do my back any good. Looking for a Lithium replacement.
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    m2-106 replace batteries

    My concern is the weight of these things and what appears to be a minimum amount of clearance to get them out. It looks like a back-breaker to be reaching in there and trying to lift..what.. 60 pounds?
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