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Old 01-09-2020, 02:19 PM   #1
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Location: Eagle River Wisconsin
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Year: 2001
Coachwork: Gillig
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Battery location on RE buses

Riddle me this, Batman,

Anyway, why are the batteries on some (mine) RE buses in the front, under the driver? Wouldn't it be easier to have the battery(s) as close as possible to the engine starter so that the cable (positive) could be shorter and smaller to carry more load, not to mention, safer.

My bus has two 8-D batteries up front, which I do understand have a whole lot more going on besides the starter, but I do know that two group 30 batteries (24 Volt) back by the engine would suffice to start the bus.

FWIW, I would think, 40 feet of 12 gauge to switch a solenoid, would be better than 40 feet of 1 gauge or 00 gauge. Not sure what size, but its big.


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Old 01-09-2020, 03:10 PM   #2
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weight distribution and available space.
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Old 01-10-2020, 01:07 AM   #3
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Gilligs are the only buses I've seen do that. My bus has them on the driver side behind the rear wheel. Prevosts have them in the engine bay on the passenger side. Vanhool puts them ahead of the drive axle on the passenger side. New Flyer puts them on the passenger side behind the rear axle.
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