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Old 09-06-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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Newbie question on Batteries in winter

What is the best way to maintain batteries in the winter . My sunseeker will be in an outside storage facility. I plan on removing the batteries and storing them at home over the winter charging them periodically. Is this the best way to maintain batteries? Do most also remove chassis battery? Also do most run the generator in the winter?
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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I also park in a storage yard. I leave all batteries in place. Once a month, I start engine and let it come up to temperature and also start generator and run it for about 20 minutes. I have had no problems for two winters now. I do add Sta-bil to gas tank in fall.


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Old 09-06-2014, 10:06 PM   #3
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Get a Battery Tender and just plug it in and leave it hooked up to your battery all winter. It will keep your battery "healthy". I have the Tender Jr, got it at Wally World. I'll be getting another one this year for the mower battery.


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I also park in a storage yard. I leave all batteries in place. Once a month, I start engine and let it come up to temperature and also start generator and run it for about 20 minutes. I have had no problems for two winters now. I do add Sta-bil to gas tank in fall.


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Old 09-08-2014, 08:04 AM   #5
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Check out ebay or amazon for battery tender. I think they are conserably less money


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I agree, it all depends on whether you have shore power available in your storage site. If so, battery tender; if not remove to a warm place and either battery tender or charge periodically.

You will still need to bring a battery with you to start and warm up the engine and generator every month, so make sure you tape off the unused battery cables to prevent shorts.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:53 PM   #7
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Newbie question on Batteries in winter

I do exactly what RVBill3 does
Exercise once a month engines (gen)
I also stabilize my fuel so the Gen carburetor stays clean.
I am in the moderate Charlotte NC area but it still gets chilly 20s30s during winter.
I also keep shore power on and an electric heater on a thermostat to keep internal temp above 40
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