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Old 05-23-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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What do you do with your batteries between trips?

In the location where I store my trailer I do not have access to power to keep the trailer plugged in to keep the batteries charged. So if it is stored for more than 2 or 3 weeks the batteries become completely discharged. Just wondering what others do? Should I take the batteries out after each trip and keep them in the garage on a trickle charger? or would simply disconnecting them so there was no power draw on them be good enough? Thanks in advance for your input.

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Old 05-23-2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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I usually take the battery out while the trailer is winterized and leave it in the rest of the time. I recently installed a battery disconnect switch to help keep the battery from running down in between trips.


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Old 05-23-2011, 10:59 AM   #3
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I just disconnect one of the cables from the battery when I know I won't be using the trailer for a week or so. When I winterize, I take the battery out and bring it home.

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Old 05-23-2011, 11:05 AM   #4
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All good advise and I do the same. Take them out for the winter, and disconnect the lead between trips. I reconnect just before starting out and by the time I get to my destination, the battery is fully charged again.

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Old 05-23-2011, 11:08 AM   #5
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That was one of the first mod's I did when I got my new camper, I put a disconnect switch on the battery.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:20 PM   #6
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installing a disconnect switch is the easiest and one of the most popular mods on trailers.
my batteries hardly lose their charge for weeks, when i use the disconnect switch.
taking the cable on and off, gets to be a hassle.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:36 PM   #7
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I have a multistage converter that I keep plugged in all winter. I leave my batteries installed; hooked up; and the switch ON so that the trickle charger keeps the batteries topped off and warm all winter. I check the fluid levels monthly.

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Old 05-23-2011, 09:23 PM   #8
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I added disconnect that is turned off between trips and pull battery during winter.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:30 PM   #9
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Ditto on adding a disconnect switch.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:49 PM   #10
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What is a source for a battery disconnect? Where and how is it installed? It sounds like something many of us would like to do!


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