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Old 10-11-2016, 08:09 PM   #1
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winter batteries

would you just leave your 3010ds 2017 plugged in to electric to keep the couch batterys charged for the winter or take out and put on charger in house ..
i'll put the engine bat. on a float charge. thanks for any input
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:35 PM   #2
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I leave my batteries on my camper. In past years, I'd fire up the generator for about 6 hours once a month to top them off-self discharge can be as high as 3% a month on wet cell batteries.

I now have solar and don't worry about them at all. They are always near 100% charge when I check on them.

A fully charged battery won't freeze until -77 deg F.

A battery 50% discharged may freeze at -10 deg F, not an uncommon temp where I live.

I still visit my camper at least once a month to check on things. Rather find a mice problem or water leak issue early than later.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:02 PM   #3
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I currently take my AGM batteries out and bring them home from our storage lot. I first fully charge them on my 3-stage car charger, then put them on a float charger a couple of times a month. However, I am adding solar panels to mine too, so won't have to lift those 75-lb. batteries twice a year after that.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:16 PM   #4
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I leave the batteries in our camper and just turn the battery disconnect off. I don't use a charger of any sort. We store our rig inside where the temp rarely gets below 30 degrees in the winter. Done this for several years and haven't had a problem.
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Old 10-12-2016, 12:33 AM   #5
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Why not put the coach batteries on a battery maintainer also? I keep all my batteries on maintainers at my shop over the winter (and summer) and have experienced no battery problems for years. The maintainer is cheap insurance given the cost of batteries.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:51 PM   #6
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thanks , i really did not want to remove the bats . so i'll put every thing on a float charger .
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