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Old 11-21-2014, 03:53 PM   #11
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I take an old ball with the nut cranked down tight and lock it in. From when I owned an sob and belonged to that forum, someone had their camper stolen by a crafty person that used an undersized ball into the hitch and bungeed it down tight.
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:32 PM   #12
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We park on a military base so it's very secure but I do have a little hitch lock...costs around $8

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Old 11-21-2014, 10:47 PM   #13
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Fully charge your batteries before storing them for winter and keeping a smart charger on them while storing them is even better. I use a NOCO Genius 3500 smart charger for all my batteries, lead acid, AGM, and Gell Cells. A fully charged battery freezes at a lot lower temp than a partially charged one.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:40 AM   #14
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You need to keep them fully charged to at least 12.4volts and above to have reasonable safety AND make sure you disconnect them.. I hate lugging batteries around so I leave them in and check them once a month, charging as needed.

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2. According to Battery Council International, batteries in storage should
be given a boost or freshening charge when the specific gravity value
drops .040 points. When hydrometer readings are not accessible, open
circuit voltage readings may be used. While in storage, a freshening
charge should be given when the battery voltage drops below
12.4 volts for a 12 volt battery. If the batteries have been in service prior to storage, they should be given a boost charge before being placed in storage and immediately
prior to returning to service.
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Old 11-22-2014, 03:42 AM   #15
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My brother in law has a 18' Lance. I think his ball is only 2", what he does is just put a golf ball in and locks his hasp down. No matter how fancy you want to get. It is just to keep honest people honest. If a low down thief wants your unit no lock will stop them but it will slow them down. Is it me or are there two different threads going here? As far as the OP question, I leave my batteries in and let the units charger take care of it. It is plugged in 24/7, then I check the water monthly. But I have also added toggle switches for the radio clock and the propane detector, and have them turned off. and my tanks shut off.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:18 AM   #16
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I live in the Florida of Canada( south western Ontario) and I take my batteries out for the winter. I put a smart charger on them and that's how they sit for the winter. Last night I was discussing this same issue with a friend and he leaves his in. He charges them up then turns off his battery switch. He also said if the batteries go bad during the winter, he'll just replace them. He's older and hurts a lot so it's easier for him to leave them in. Raining here right now ....but.....it's really hard to get off the windshield...
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:23 AM   #17
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I'm in the heat of mid East Texas so winterizing is minimal here and an air compressor will do it. Here I never remove my batteries but I'll disconnect them totally and leave a NOCO smart charger on them. My battery disconnect device circuit needs to be rewired because it leaves my 6 point leveler on along with the cargo lights and alarms and probably more so I have to disconnect the cables at the battery itself to really disconnect. I hear a fully charged battery won't freeze until -50 but a 1/2 charged one could freeze at 20.
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I'm in the heat of mid East Texas so winterizing is minimal here and an air compressor will do it. Here I never remove my batteries but I'll disconnect them totally and leave a NOCO smart charger on them. My battery disconnect device circuit needs to be rewired because it leaves my 6 point leveler on along with the cargo lights and alarms and probably more so I have to disconnect the cables at the battery itself to really disconnect. I hear a fully charged battery won't freeze until -50 but a 1/2 charged one could freeze at 20.
Mud yapster, that is samething that I read. Like I said before I just leave them in. My back say's so....
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Old 11-22-2014, 11:33 AM   #19
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I hear you. I leave mine in and wouldn't take one out til it goes bad. At 70# I think it can just stay there. I really don't know why others are worried about them. Keep them charged and no worries.
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I was looking at the manual for my converter on a 2013 Solera. It states that the converter has 3 stages on it for charging the batteries. stage 1 full charging, stage 2 partial charge, stage 3 trickle charge to maintain the battery. But the converter as to be on to charge which means leaving the battery cut off in the on position. I've done this now and am planning to check the coach a little more often at least once a week. Which I can do as it's parked in my driveway, What do you think?
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