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Old 10-23-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Disconnect battery?

When wintrerizing is it okay to just turn the battery switch to the "off" position or is it necessary to disconnect a cable?
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When wintrerizing is it okay to just turn the battery switch to the "off" position or is it necessary to disconnect a cable?
Best thing to do is remove the battery and store it inside your garage/basement, etc.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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When wintrerizing is it okay to just turn the battery switch to the "off" position or is it necessary to disconnect a cable?
Just turning the switch should be sufficient.

You probably need to put some charge in the battery about every 6 weeks or so. If you won't be able to do that at the RV, then I agree that you probably should take it home so you can.
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Best thing to do is remove the battery and store it inside your garage/basement, etc.
I'll third that. Mine sit in the basement on a Battery Minder all winter. We use our TT exclusively in the winter, so the pop up is winterized, blocked and covered until the end of April.

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Old 10-23-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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Best thing to do is remove the battery and store it inside your garage/basement, etc.
X4. No sense leaving in out in the Michigan cold. Make sure you note the correct cable connections before you remove it.
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You can bring your battery in from the cold if it makes you feel better but there is no need. The real secret is to put a battery minder on the battery and to disconnect if from the trailer. You should do the battery minder whether it is in warm or cold storage. This keeps the battery in top condition without overcharging. It also provides anti-sulfation technology.
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Just turning the switch should be sufficient.

You probably need to put some charge in the battery about every 6 weeks or so. If you won't be able to do that at the RV, then I agree that you probably should take it home so you can.
X2, HOWEVER, some units still have some systems connected, so I would check your battery voltage once in awhile until you are certain it is not getting discharged.

Batteries weather well in the cold if they are kept fully charged, which means you should put a charger on them once a month to be safe.

It is best to put them in the basement or garage, with an occasional charge, but batteries are heavy and my back is tired so I leave them in and have had no problem with them lasting along time with occasional charging. IMO, of course
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X2, HOWEVER, some units still have some systems connected, so I would check your battery voltage once in awhile until you are certain it is not getting discharged.course

Learned this the hard way. The power jack is still connected when the disconnect switch is off and there is a little light on my power jack when it is turned on. The light is hard to see on a sunny day. So I forgot to turn off my power jack, didnt see the light, and came back a couple days later and battery was dead.....
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:42 AM   #9
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Some battery disconnect switches disconnect everything, some don't.

Mine does (except the emergency break away pull cord) and I keep
them in the trailer but they are on a battery tender Jr so they are always
topped up. If you have power available at your storage or parking spot
I highly recommend a battery tender-- even if your batteris are sitting in your
house or garage they should be on a tender.
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I got my camper out of winter storage last Wednesday. When I put it away last fall I just turned off the battery switch. I foolishly started this post AFTER I put it away for the winter. Still had plenty of battery power when I picked it up. I was concerned because I needed to be able to retract the landing gear once hooked up, but all was well. This was a real cold winter here lots of sub zero temps. I like the battery minder idea but I winter store in a HUGE building and have no access to electric outlets. I didn't know what I'd find when I picked it up. Maybe I got lucky. In the past I never removed the battery but would disconnect the cables.

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