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Old 04-02-2016, 01:06 PM   #1
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Battery Charger vs minder or tender

So I have a new 5er (our 1st rv) and have it in storage, I have taken the 2 batteries out and have them at home. Each battery has a tag on it that reads 24DC 85AH 125RC While I have them out of the trailer I want to keep them charged and ready to go when needed. I have read so much stuff on this issue that I am really confused! These batteries are maintenance free, and I don't want to damage them (We all know it's not cheap to replace them) to the point of ruining them. All I want to do is maintain their charge. Please help me decide what is best for the batteries lives. Thanks for any advice
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:45 PM   #2
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Your RV should have come with a "converter" that will supply the 12 volt loads from your unit as well as charge the batteries...with care. Most come with Progressive Dynamics or WFCO units. The WFCO is either built into your power panel or if separate, looks like this Wfco Converter - Deck Mount 45 Amp-pplmotorhomes.com

The Progressive Dynamics looks something like this: Inteli-Power 9200 45amp Converter/Charger-pplmotorhomes.com

If the unit is built into your power panel you can't see it since it is in a metal box on the back of the panel. I would look in the compartment that the power cord comes into first.

Either one of these units will safely keep your batteries up to charge when you are plugged into shore power. They both have multiple modes that prevent overcharging and maintain the batteries.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:04 PM   #3
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As posted above, most (all?) modern RV's come with a built in battery charger that is considered a "smart charger". These chargers will adjust their output to properly maintain the batteries for long term storage.

If you do not have power where your trailer is stored, then removing the batteries and keeping them on a "minder" or "tender" is a good idea. The "Battery Tender" by Deltran is probably the most popular brand. Chargers
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:15 PM   #4
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the post clearly states the batteries are out of the 5th wheel and at home, so how they are charged in the 5th wheel is irrelevant.

Yes, a Battery Tender would be a good idea. They provide a very low amp charge to maintain, yet won't over charge. You could just switch from one battery to another once a week or so, or hook them together as they are in 5th wheel. Would only need small gauge wire, since charging at a very low rate.
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Another alternative is buy a smart charger and once a month put it on the batteries for 24 hours.
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the post clearly states the batteries are out of the 5th wheel and at home, so how they are charged in the 5th wheel is irrelevant.

Agreed...to an extent. I left that point alone as I felt the author of the first response was clearly trying to help and that it would have been rude and unnecessary to point out their evident oversight. On top of that, the OP may very well find the information useful as just because they pulled the batteries this time doesn't mean they don't have power available for future use. There is not enough information in their post to determine this.

The supporting information about battery tenders is appreciated.
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This would be a good battery charger/tender/maintainer to use......

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...d_i=B000O707IO
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I want to Thank everyone that has replied to my thread "Battery Charger vs minder or tender". My Batteries are currently out of my unit so I have them on my work bench in the garage. I can hook them up as if they are in the unit and hook up a BatteryMINDer Charger/Maintainer/Desulfater — 12V, Model# 2012 | Battery Chargers| Northern Tool + Equipment which is suggested by rockfordroo. You all have had great recommendations and I appreciate you and this forum.
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IMO if you are going to spend $80-$90 on a 2 amp battery maintainer to use at home through the winter. Why not spend another $30-$40 and buy a 20-30 amp battery charger with engine start. Way more versatile.
A battery maintainer is a good option if your RV is in storage with access to power over the winter.
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