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Old 05-13-2018, 05:07 PM   #1
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Isolator Suggestions?

Hey everyone,

We're about 60% finished on our conversion and very excited to get going. One of the things I've kind of procrastinated on doing is finding an Isolator so we can charge our batteries when we drive.

We have a GMC E-350 Shuttle Bus that had a wheelchair lift that sourced power from a 2nd battery stored under the bus. I assumed we had an isolator due to that however have been unable to spot one (perhaps if I take it to a mechanic they can find it...)

But assuming that there is not one installed, are there any suggestions for a good quality and easy to install isolator?

And, how can I be sure it would work on our bus?

Thanks so much.
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:38 PM   #2
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Year: 2010
Coachwork: Coach & Equipment MFG
Chassis: ford E350 superduty
Engine: 5.4 liter v8
Rated Cap: 7 passenger
should already have one in the circuit (it will be a relay that closes when you start the bus) (I'm assuming you have a ford e350, you don't say what year but my 2010 is set up that way with the wheelchair lift battery)
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:47 PM   #3
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should already have one in the circuit (it will be a relay that closes when you start the bus) (I'm assuming you have a ford e350, you don't say what year but my 2010 is set up that way with the wheelchair lift battery)


Itís a GMC. 2006. Theyíre probably very similar

Say it has one, think it be of the quality needed to safely charge my batteries while I drive?
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:31 PM   #4
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Chassis: ford E350 superduty
Engine: 5.4 liter v8
Rated Cap: 7 passenger
on the fords, it is just a relay that lets the alternator charge the lift battery, but prevents the lift from draining the start battery when the engine is off, so all it is is a switch that cuts off the flow of power from the start/alternator system to the lift battery,... if you are using the standard auto type battery it should not harm it
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