I bought my bus back in April (2007 E450 V10 shuttle bus) and I'm almost done the conversion. About to install my 660W solar array with 4 FLA 6V 230Ah battery bank. (Also have 3000W generator for back up).
When I bought the bus it had two deep cycle 12V marine batteries in it to run the lift, door, cabin lights, etc. BUT these batteries also provided the energy to start the vehicle. Under the hood there is no starter battery, just two lugs that have a bunch of connections and are routed back to the undercarriage battery bank.
My question is, DO I NEED TO INSTALL A STARTING BATTERY, or will i be alright pulling the start charge off of my new battery bank?
I know its possible to rewire some things and trace/remove some of the unnecessary wires (lift power, power door, etc.), then install a start battery and have a separate cabin battery bank but it may be above my electrical skills. (removing lugs from front, replacing with battery for starter, and wiring the rest of the electric to the battery bank).
Basically I have two 12V systems, the one built into the bus and the system I installed. Which makes for a bit of a headache!!!
Any advice is appreciated
PS: Ill post some pictures later.