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Old 10-05-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
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Stinky Slinky and Battery question..

Coming up on the end of my first season. I have 2 more trips planned and then it is time to winterize. I plan on taking EVERY single thing out of my Trailer and treating the plumbing system with pink stuff.

Not 100% sure I should remove the propane tanks at the end of the season. do you?

I am 100% sure I am going to remove my battery and store it in my basement. What do you do?

I am about 75% sure I am going to just chuck my stinky slinky and buy a new one next season. Seems like a good idea given what passes thru there to just replace it at the end of the season. It's in good shape but lets face it, I KNOW it is dirty. What do you do????


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Old 10-05-2015, 08:09 PM   #2
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I leave them where they are about the safest place for them, strapped down and vented.

In the garage with Battery Tender hooked up.

If you buy a new one and then use it, it will be "dirty" as well.

And you wasted money for another dirty hose.

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Old 10-05-2015, 08:25 PM   #3
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IMO the best place for your propane tanks are right where they are. That space is made for them. Anywhere else isn't as good for obvious reasons.

Removing and storing the battery in your basement is fine. You might even think about a battery tender since it will be easy to watch over in the basement.

No need to do anything with the sewer hose as long as you've followed recommended flushing procedures. You won't be using it for anything else (lol) so why throw it away if it doesn't leak? Like Ford Idaho said... First time you use the new one it will be the same anyway. My current hose is 4 years old and I have no intentions of replacing it until it leaks or breaks.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:30 PM   #4
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Normally I would leave everything in it,includeing the roll a way tool box stack,and just pull the battery to put in the heated shop on a batt tender.Because the unit is going back to FR in feb though,everything will come out,includeing the box which is a major pita because its bolted down and the wheels are off it! There is a lot of stuff in the basement that I really dont know where it will go! If I stored at a storage facility I guess I would empty it,but ours stays right along side the house year round.And ditch the ss and get a rhinoflex in spring.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:35 PM   #5
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Anyone have a liner for the bumper storage that keeps the stinky slinky from rubbing and wearing? I have thought about using a 4" conduit cut to 1/3 to line the bumper but have not gotten past the thinking stage.
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The nice thing about the rihnoflex is that it is easy to keep squeeky clean.I just collapse it so that it lays up and over the dss propane tank.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:55 PM   #7
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I have heard not to store batteries on concrete. I'm not sure if it matters or not . I play it safe by placing on piece of plywood with tender.
Definitely leave propane tanks where they are maybe lock them if you feel necessary. I have wondered if better to store empty or full. I lean towards full.

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Old 10-05-2015, 09:19 PM   #8
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The only time I remove the propane tanks is to have them filled. It is better to keep the system "closed". Nothing can crawl into the lines.

Taking the battery inside is fine keep it off the concrete floor & with a battery tender is a good idea. But I leave ours on the trailer as it has its own compartment with a battery tender that I added.

As far as the sewer hose I replace it when it starts to have a leak. The last one was used on the previous & the current trailer. The new one I got last year.

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Old 10-05-2015, 10:20 PM   #9
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Batteries on the floor has been no problem for the last many years. Once upon a time the batteries were of a construction that allowed contact with the floor and they would discharge. This is no longer a problem, technology moves along and gives us some advantage. If I am charging I usually set the battery on some surface other than my garage floor in case a cell overflows and puts acid out the vent.
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:37 PM   #10
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The "batteries will discharge if left sitting on a concrete floor" is just an old wives tale. Think about it; the battery case is all plastic, which is a pretty good insulator. Plastics are used to insulate the romex wiring in your home which can safely carry 240 volts AC. I sit my batteries on my shop concrete floor all the time with never a discharge problem. If the battery is good and charged when you sit it on the concrete floor, it will still be good and charged in a month. (There is a small amount of internal loss for any battery that will affect the charge over time, but this is negligible for a month or 2.)
Just be sure the top of the battery is clean. Some discharge can occur through conductive dirt and crap that often builds up on top of batteries.
Propane tanks are fine left alone. Just be sure to close the valves...righty tightly...lefty loosey.
As for the stinky hose, I buy high quality hoses and use them to failure. I do inspect them at every use. Also, always carry a spare hose. Buy a second high quality hose, keep it in the package and stored under the bed or other out of the way place. When the "hose- in- use" fails, chunk it in the trash,... grab the new one, and then buy another, and store it. I cycle water hoses the same way.
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