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Old 02-22-2021, 10:58 PM #16
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Complexity is your enemy and if electrical is not your strong suit then don't get a dual battery set up
I disagree. With YouTube having instructionals, even the off grid you recommended has an excellent YouTube video, even a caveman can do it. You literally just follow the given instructions.


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I disagree. With YouTube having instructionals, even the off grid you recommended has an excellent YouTube video, even a caveman can do it. You literally just follow the given instructions.


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That's up to @Signal to decide. If he says he isn't confident enough to install it himself then that's up to him. It's not my choice to make. I only made the comment about complexity in reference to his electrical competence. It's one thing to install something correctly but another thing to be able to trouble shoot it and fix a problem in the field. You don't want any electrical gremlins and certainly don't want to short anything out and cause a fire.

I do agree with you though, instructions are dead simple enough anyone who can turn a wrench can install it. I installed most of my mods including the OGE kit and I can truly say pretty much everything you need to know is on this forum, youtube or instruction manual. Actually emailed Matt Carter, owner of OGE, on a weekend while installing the kit and he replied promptly. Also had an issue with a cracked battery tray and he sent me a replacement free of charge as well. OGE is definitely a standup company.
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Adding a winch with several electrical accessories can be a deep rabbit hole. Power management, and not using multiple accessories at one time will also be a key factor.

One thing you might consider, whether or not you do a dual battery set up, is the big 3 cable upgrade. (Positive battery terminal to positive alternator terminal, Negative battery terminal to chassis ground, and engine ground to chassis ground)
This will help ensure your winch under heavy load situations is getting all the juice it needs.

Most winch sessions are short in duration and won't over tax your system, but having heavier cable and solid connections will help with that potential problem in the long run. Remembering to power all accessories down (radio, blower fan, lights, etc) during a winch session will be a must as well. A 300 amp draw for several minutes is not uncommon for a winch cycle.

I decided to go with a dual setup to be able to tie both batts together in these situations.
Keeping all your connections maintained is key also. Which reminds me I haven't gone through mine in quite awhile. Your abilities in these situations are only as good as your preparedness, and mine could leave me stranded right now, because of poor maintenance.
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That's up to @Signal to decide. If he says he isn't confident enough to install it himself then that's up to him. It's not my choice to make. I only made the comment about complexity in reference to his electrical competence. It's one thing to install something correctly but another thing to be able to trouble shoot it and fix a problem in the field. You don't want any electrical gremlins and certainly don't want to short anything out and cause a fire.

I do agree with you though, instructions are dead simple enough anyone who can turn a wrench can install it. I installed most of my mods including the OGE kit and I can truly say pretty much everything you need to know is on this forum, youtube or instruction manual. Actually emailed Matt Carter, owner of OGE, on a weekend while installing the kit and he replied promptly. Also had an issue with a cracked battery tray and he sent me a replacement free of charge as well. OGE is definitely a standup company.
I have no problem giving it a go. I just don't want to mess it up and have issues.
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No, you don't need dual batteries.

Get a good deepcycle/starting battery like an Odyssey and a jump pack and you'll be fine. I have been running that setup for many years with a 12k winch, dual onboard air, fridge, etc.

IMO, simplicity and less weight far outweigh any extended run time from a secondary battery. My ARB, and I assume most/all 12v fridges will have a lot voltage shut off to prevent killing your battery, so as long as you drive it every couple of days or connect a charger, it works fine.

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