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Old 11-10-2015, 01:39 PM   #1
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36ckts batteries

I have a 2015 36ckts with 4-6 volt batteries and would like ideas on whether to remove batteries over winter, leave it plugged in or purchase a battery tender

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Old 11-10-2015, 02:06 PM   #2
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I leave it plugged in. The converter has an automatic float mode. I use an adapter and a standard extension cord to power the trailer. I trip all the AC breakers in the trailer except the one to the converter. All the 12 v stuff I leave alone.

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Old 11-10-2015, 02:07 PM   #3
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Leave it plugged in
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:43 PM   #4
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:50 PM   #5
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How cold does it get there? I have six golf cart batteries and cart them in the warm garage for the cold no camping three months every year because I still believe batteries last longer if they are not subjected to sub zero temps. And yes my Duramax sits outside in the cold all winter long. Wonder if there is any scientific proof that deep cycle batteries are ok in very cold temps as long as they stay properly charged. Maybe Grandpa was wrong. Opinions ?

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Old 11-11-2015, 09:05 PM   #6
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They do better in cold temperatures than in warm. The warmer they are, the shorter the life.
Normal batteries are protected from freezing, depending on the charge. At 100% charge, they're good to -92F. Even at 62% charge, they are good to -16F.

Basically they won't freeze if kept fully charged.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:38 PM   #7
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I keep our 38FL plugged in all winter but on a timer and the timer runs for 4.5 hours each morning to keep the batteries warm and fully charged during the winter with out wasting energy with the converter powered up all the time. Also not the standard WFCO converter is not a 3 stage charger and will over-charge the batteries reducing their lifespan. I have switched out the WFCO to a Progressive Dynamics with Charge wizard converter.


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