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Old 12-04-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Battery Inside for the Winter

I have the battery inside on my work bench. I pulled it about a month ago when it went into storage for the Winter. How often do I need to connect it to my trickle charger. In another thread, I was told it is the least expensive battery that dealers put in a trailer. Is there a rule of thumb? Thanks!

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Old 12-04-2011, 08:02 PM   #2
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If it's a battery tender you are talking about, I keep mine on whenever I'm home and not using my travel trailer. I just got home from a weekend at the beach and placed it on my workbench hooked it to my battery tender. The tender cycles on and off based on the battery's current charge level. I do the same with my Corvette and my old jeep.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:59 PM   #3
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TSC has a nice little unit on sale for charging and maintaining:

Schumacher Automatic Microprocessor Controlled Charger/Maintainer, 6/12V - 1030951 | Tractor Supply Company

It's nice, the quick hookup harness is a standard 2-pole trailer wiring plug, you can make as many harnesses as you need and plug it right into this charger.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:39 AM   #4
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You must have a strong back!!
My 2 batteries are out on the tongue of my trailer in my driveway.
I've got a battery tender JR on there. It's actually plugged into my flag pole
spot light timer so it's on about 6 hours a night. It wouldn't hurt if it was
on 24/7 as the battery tender is automatic and will shut off when the
charge is topped off.

Unless you have security/theft worries or don't have 120v available
I see no reason to bring in the batteries IF you can keep them charged
where they are.
They won't catch cold out there--- honest!
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:59 AM   #5
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The reason my battery in inside is that my camper is in a barn at the county fairgrounds stored for the winter. We live in a condo and campers are not allowed in the lot for more than a 24 hours. During the season, I have a friend who lets me keep my trailer next to his car transport trailer. The entire property is fenced. I miss my trailer already!!
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I use the Schumacher from Wally world they run about $20 bucks. Unfortunately my battery box doesn't have enough room for battery and tender to be out of the weather, so they stay in the shed. That will be my next project after I install my new Barker 3500 today.
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