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Old 11-10-2012, 01:39 PM   #171
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A question: did you wrap any kind of protective cover around the trailer connector to cut down on the possible corrosion? It just dangles out there now and it'll get buried in the snow during the winter. I think I'll go out and tuck it away, maybe tape a Baggie over it.
I thought about going that route last winter but I was concerned about the baggie holding in moisture. If you're going to do that, I'd suggest ensuring everything is dry as a bone when you do it and tape everything down tight.
I just smeared silicone grease on mine. Seemed to work fine last winter with the A-lite.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #172
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I'm counting the months before my next trip...it has been over a month since my last trip...only four more months for my next season. My first season camping with my A128S have been documented in this thread. With all the information you shared here made my learning experiences with the trailer awesome, from picking it up from the dealer, and everything between the trips to winterizing and storing my trailer.

Here are the final tasks I did last week, remove the battery and stored it in the house. Removed the propane hose and put a hard cover on the propane tanks. Put the 7 pin plug and cable in the propane hard cover. Check under the trailer for any wild animals trying to move in there.

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Secured the battery container and propane tanks with bike cable locks. The propane hard cover is secured by the locked bicycle receiver.

Before I hibernate for the winter I have a couple of more questions about the battery. I tested the battery voltage and it was 12.73 volts. Here is battery chart posted earlier in this thread:
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After 4 weeks my battery is still 100% charged according to the chart. When do I start charging the trailer battery stored in my house? Should I base it on the voltage of the battery before charging?
I do not have a battery charger, what kind do you recommend?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:51 AM   #173
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What I've used on my motorcycle batteries for years and intend to use for my dual camper batteries is a charger that goes by the brand name of Battery Tender. http://batterytender.com/?gclid=CILy...FegWMgodQ2MAxg It has a four level charge feature that will sense the level of charge your battery needs and once it's charged it will maintain that level as long as it's connected. Before I got mine several years back, I couldn't get my motorcycle batteries to last more than two years. Once I used the Tender battery life jumped. I currently have an 8-year old battery in my cycle and it shows no sign of quitting. I'm hoping for similar results with the camper batteries. Not 8 years maybe, but more than 2.

You hook up the Battery Tender, plug it in, and forget it. If your battery needs charging it goes into "bulk" charge mode until a sufficient level of charge is reached, then it tapers off to an intermediate charging level, and finally switches to "float" mode. Being a low-amperage charger it's best if you start using it while the battery is full.

I paid nearly $40 for my "junior" model and it doesn't look like it should cost that much. It's a wall wart and cables. But given how well it works I'm not complaining. Canadian Tire is supposed to carry Battery Tenders. I've heard that places like Wal-Mart have similar units for a lot less. I don't know if they're any good; maybe someone else here has experience with them.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:56 AM   #174
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Where did you purchase the tank cover? Which one? If online, can you provide a link? I have been thinking about getting one.

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Old 11-14-2012, 05:00 PM   #175
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This might help: http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...nk-covers/3953. They want $25 for it plus $15 to ship it--ridiculous!

Amazon sells the same cover for $28 but with free shipping: http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40523-Pr...sim_sbs_misc_3
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I got my cover as part of the package deal for my trailer. Thanks THG1 for providing the links.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:59 PM   #177
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My vinyl cover has lasted a year, and I think this nice molded unit is in my near future. The cheap vinyl cover is always discombobulated when I arrive at the CG or home....
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:57 AM   #178
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What I've used on my motorcycle batteries for years and intend to use for my dual camper batteries is a charger that goes by the brand name of Battery Tender. http://batterytender.com/?gclid=CILy...FegWMgodQ2MAxg It has a four level charge feature that will sense the level of charge your battery needs and once it's charged it will maintain that level as long as it's connected. Before I got mine several years back, I couldn't get my motorcycle batteries to last more than two years. Once I used the Tender battery life jumped. I currently have an 8-year old battery in my cycle and it shows no sign of quitting. I'm hoping for similar results with the camper batteries. Not 8 years maybe, but more than 2.

You hook up the Battery Tender, plug it in, and forget it. If your battery needs charging it goes into "bulk" charge mode until a sufficient level of charge is reached, then it tapers off to an intermediate charging level, and finally switches to "float" mode. Being a low-amperage charger it's best if you start using it while the battery is full.

I paid nearly $40 for my "junior" model and it doesn't look like it should cost that much. It's a wall wart and cables. But given how well it works I'm not complaining. Canadian Tire is supposed to carry Battery Tenders. I've heard that places like Wal-Mart have similar units for a lot less. I don't know if they're any good; maybe someone else here has experience with them.
Great to know your battery maintaining experiences and thanks for the links. I have a couple of ebikes that uses a 48V setup, 4x12V connected to make 48V. Both batteries got destroyed because the chargers that came with it somehow did not get the signal to stop charging, that cost me $300 and it happen again so another $300. This problem is so unpredictable, to avoid this issue I used a timer every time I charge my ebike batteries, at the most for 5 hours.

Should I take that chance again leaving the trailer's battery charging all the time?

If I check the battery strength level every month then only charge it if the level goes down by 10%, will this shorten the battery's life?

So far my ebike batteries (2 summers old) are doing great, using the timer to control charge time. I will do the same when I charge the trailer's battery I'll be using a timer too.
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I think what kills lead-acid batteries is letting them sit discharged for a time, especially if it's cold where they are. Overcharging kills them too, as you said. So the timer idea should be ok for your camper battery.

The expert on battery and general maintenance issues is Lou Amato (hope I have that right), who goes by the user name of herk7769. He posted info and links about battery maintenance last year; I found them quite helpful. You should be able to find his posts about the topic using the forum's search function.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:14 PM   #180
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Here is the link of FAQ re battery posted before:http://www.windsun.com/Batteries/Battery_FAQ.htm#What

I got a charger on sale today. I will still monitor my charging monthly, I don't want to destroy another battery because of over charging due to Murphy's law. Here is the charger I got for $23:
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