Originally Posted by MountainBikeRoamer
Just wanted to make sure we're all on the same page here ----
you're indeed saying that the red wire goes out the hole from the battery box location, and actually ATTACHES itself (with a bare end/wire terminal) to the metal frame of the van? Has actual electrical continuity to the frame?
>> Making sure you aren't instead saying (or meaning) that the red wire disappears INSIDE the frame of the van
(with insulation still intact) and runs off to some other unknown point in the van? (Simply using the inside of the frame rail as a channel to run along, but not grounding itself
to the frame rail.)
IMHO, it just seems increasingly statistically unlikely that the red wire in the photo would be a grounded-to-the-frame ground wire.
( For these reasons: )
1) It's red
(I know, means nothing in this van apparently)
2) It looks way too short to reach across to the negative battery terminal
on the right, which it would need to do if it truly were a ground wire.
3) Do we have ANY wires left that seem to be the positive hookup wire? Something needs to be the positive....and we're running out of positive-wire candidates,
as the black and white wires seem to mostly be turning out to be ground wires....
Just attempting to clarify.
(by the way: This is one heck of a puzzle, lol...)
Yes, I'll take a picture tomorrow to prove it.
The issue isn't so much stretching across to the other terminal. The issue is the battery originally sat in the van with the + terminal to the right. So all those black wires reach it easily and the 3 ground wires reach the negative easily.
But yes, the red wire leaves the negative terminal goes through that hole and mounts to the frame.
So, in short, the entire issue here (outside of me being stupid and not taking a picture) is:
1) I assumed red would be go to the positive terminal like any car battery I've ever hooked up.
2) White being ground in RVs and Black being hot.
3) That red wire not being white like the other two
I'm not the first person to wire an marine battery backwards (google it, plenty have done it), but certainly that red ground wire didn't help me any.