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Old 09-25-2015, 09:00 PM   #1
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Trickle charging during winter 12 v

I'm storing my new Rockwood 2514g pop up camper outdoors this year. It will be winterized and covered well, but I am taking home my battery and store it in the garage. I want to hook up a trickle charger. I saw a Black and Decker BM3B, 12 v charger / Maintainer. It basically performs trickle charge technology throughout the winter season..... Without you doing any thinking on maintenance for the battery during the off season. Since this is my first go round does this sound like the right choice? Thanks



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Old 09-25-2015, 09:07 PM   #2
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Looks fine. One safety suggestion: Keep the maintainer 2 or more feet from the battery and anything flammable. I had a buddy have 2 maintainers fail and burn from voltage spikes in his utility power. Almost burned down his garage with cars and motorcycles in it.
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Old 09-26-2015, 01:17 PM   #3
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Buy one of these. set it for 1 hour in any 24 hour period. plug your trickle charger into it.

You wont boil the battery and it will keep it topped off.

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Old 09-26-2015, 11:39 PM   #4
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2 good suggestions. I'll take the good advice. Thank you both😀


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Old 09-27-2015, 12:20 AM   #5
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I used to remove my 2 Interstate marine/RV deep cycle batteries and leave them in parallel on an automatic trickle charger all winter in the garage. Never used any water and the batteries were still in excellent shape after 9 years.
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Old 09-27-2015, 03:56 AM   #6
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:34 PM   #7
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Also, never set a battery on concrete, it will still discharge with the maintainer. keep it on a block of wood or a shelf.
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:57 PM   #8
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I use battery tenders (brand name) year round. They are intelligent chargers so you won't overcharge and burn off electrolyte solution.
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I use battery tenders (brand name) year round. They are intelligent chargers so you won't overcharge and burn off electrolyte solution.
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Old 09-27-2015, 01:23 PM   #10
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If you are using a maintainer / charger I would not put it on a timer. I know the one I have will go through a charge cycle when you first hook it up then it will go into a maintenance mode. If it is a good quality maintainer it should not boil your batteries.
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