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What setup do you have in your truck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mkwl, Oct 31, 2007.

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Do you have single or double batteries in your truck?

  1. Single

    29 vote(s)
    40.8%
  2. Double

    42 vote(s)
    59.2%
  3. I have no idea

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Do you have single or double batteries in your plow rig?
     
  2. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    I have 2 batteries AND 2 alts. I guess thats another benifit of owning a diesel
     
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,574

    2 in all trucks
     
  4. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    How exactly does one go about wiring in a second battery? Does a second battery effect the amp/volt regulator? Do both batteries have to be identical?
     
  5. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Single in two Gas Chevs
    Duals in two GMC Diesels
    Duals in One GMC Gas
    Duals in One Chev Gas
     
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,574

    It's really simple.
    Get a second battery tray.
    You can get them from the dealer that can bolt right in, some even use the existing holes.
    Next ,
    Get two (new) identical batteries, get two with a ratting of 1000cca or close to it.
    The ones with duel posts(top & side) are nice for Hooking up extra stuff to.

    Wire them
    Pos to Pos.
    Neg to Neg,
    Run a small wire from the neg to ground on the new batt.

    Run the neg from your plow to the same spot your alt is grounded to.

    Do Not use a battery isolator...

    Clean all connections,
    the ground for the Alt where, where the pos connects to your fuse block your connections at your solenoid, at your plows motor also. and your plows plugs.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2007
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    If you do a search here, you'll find lots of info on this but basically you just wire them pos to pos and neg to neg.
    No. All your doing is increasing your available storage capacity.
    To get the most out of the batteries..yes you want them to be the same size, rating and age.
     
  8. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    This may be a dumb question, but does it really make a difference? I have been doing this a while and I have never run duel batteries. If you guys say it is that much better then I will hook them up this fall.

    Thanks for your input, Bossman
     
  9. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    duals in all but one. and dual alts in another
     
  10. Convinced after one year with duals

    I plowed for many years with one battery. Occationally I would have engine stalls.
    But, back when, I usually was plowing during the daylight and didnt always have
    (head)lights on.
    Now we are plowing more in the dark and if there were long plows between travel
    there used to be more problems with draining the battery.
    Tried first to use a highoutput alternator. Improved.

    But, last year we used the deep cycle battery (new) from the motorhome and the
    engine stalls ceased and the lights stay bright.

    a. I support the dual battery theory
    b. Different size batteries or age is a matter of opinion and experiences.
    but-- that is another subject that some may debate ( I am already convinced)

    shortest distance between batteries and the biggest cables work well.

    m $0.02
    tc
     
  11. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Do both batteries mount under the hood?

    Bossman
     
  12. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Anyone who votes option three shouldn't be on here!! lol.......:)
     
  13. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    So true- figured I'd put it up as an option anyway lol :D
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I was looking but could find any pixs of a F250 2002 with duals,any help.
     
  15. JayMac

    JayMac Member
    Messages: 95

    Pay attention Ya'll Grandview can't find a picture of something.
     
  16. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    most of mine have duals except for the half ton and my ctd (had to remove it for the twin turbo) and it does fine but i sawed out the tray so i could fit a 31series CaT battery and i have never had a prob with it but if anyone knows where to get a dual alt. setup i would apreciate a link?
     
  17. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    Gas or Diesel?
     
  18. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    If no one gets some pictures up for you i am sure i could snap a couple. I have a diesel tho? not sure if that will help you out.
     
  19. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Gas. 5.4 so much junk under the can't find a spot.
     
  20. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Your on my list now,buddy!:D :realmad: