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Just a very simple and quick question...Will the continous hold solenoid fail with constant power running through it? In my previous career as a boat captain I had a parallel switch. This was a momentary on solenoid that allowed the opposite battery bank start the opposite engine using both sets of batteries. Out of habit I always used this switch to keep the batteries up. They were a series of (4) 8 volt batteries on each side. The engines were a pair of 870hp 12v71 Detroit diesels. There was very little room to get around those beasts and swapping batteries was not a fun task. Weekly I would check the battery level and top off with distilled water.
So now my point..
Why not run the batteries seperately, then use a momentary solenoid to start the engine if either battery fails? Then you could use smaller diodes in the charging system to each battery ??? As a habit use the switch to start the engine. One hand on the key and the other on the thick fat button.. Just my thoughts and please give me some feedback..Thanks...
BTW.. I guess it was not such a simple or quick question..sorry..

Ricky...seeya...
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What if you got one of those seat switches, like the ones in a lawn tractor. If a moonguy didn't weigh much the switch wouldn't energize, then the button couldn't be pushed, then no dead batttery..How 'bout dat?
Maybe I am gettin' a little silly.. Sorry

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Farmjeep, do you also pull those tags off of your mattress? Ya' know you ain't uppos to do dat either.

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