The installation of the voltmeter has been a real blessing - after trickle charging the battery for a day or two, I then disconnected it and let it sit for a few more days, and we were able to watch the voltmeter descent from 13.1 slowly to 12.7, where it seemed to hold for a number of days - reinforcing my opinion that even though the meter was always on, it wasn't stressing the battery much at all.
Yesterday the cold spell finally broke and it warmed up to somewhere around ten below. This was my cue to do some more of the electrical work.
I drilled out a hole on the back of the ATV where I inserted a 12V barrel socket. Then I was able to hook a fused wired from the positive terminal of the battery to the centre of the socket. With that in place, it was an easy job to hook another wire from the barrel of the socket to the frame of the ATV.
|It's not pretty, but it works...|
We'll see how it plays out in the long run, but for now, it's a nice way to ensure the ATV is always charged up (even after I replace the regulator), or even to recharge it if it does go low.
As well, it will open up the ability for me to use 12V (or even small 120V appliances with an inverter) out in the bush!