Originally Posted by nickespi
Ok....man this is frustrating. This is going to set back my season start date. I think I'll goo ahead and order the blue sea system. I'm pretty sure the alternator is stock. Should this be an issue?
New alternators are sized to handle everything the manufacturer is supplying, plus a small margin. Adding loads to it, whether in the form of lights, high powered stereo, extra pumps, etc, stresses the charging circuit more and causes more heat (current causes heat and that's why wires need to be sized correctly/devices need to be selected, based on current demands). Excessive heat is what kills electronics and really, everything. The good news- having an alternator rebuilt to handle more isn't terribly expensive.