I am building a bus conversion to live in full time. I want to get your ideas if my logic is sound when it comes to gauges of wire to connect up my 10 each golf cart batteries.
This is what sounds good to me: If I buy a cheap 50ft extension cord from Wal-Mart (16 gauge) I will get 3 strands of 16 gauge wire bundles. If each bundle is 0.015 thick then all 3 bundles together it is .153 or just under 6 gauge. If I took 6 bundles of 16 gauge and put them together I would get .306 or a little smaller than 1 gauge. Here is where I am getting my size info from: http://www.wescomponents.com/datasheets ... ersion.htm
So my plan is to use 2 lengths of 16 gauge extension cord bundled together (1 gauge) to connect all my 6 volt golf cart batteries together with commercial battery connectors. What am I missing? Isnt 1 gauge of wire good to connect up my batteries in series/parallel? Why will this not work and will it be unsafe?
I will be charging with 580 watts of panels on the roof, with a MorningStar TS-60 charge controller. The biggest thing I will be running is my 37 TV and DVD player and 100watt sound system (less than 500 watts).
Any help or advise would be appreciated.