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Old 11-17-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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Winter battery maintenance

Does everyone remove the battery from your travel trailer when laying up for the winter? We live in Southern Ontario and can have spells of well below freezing at times. Our trailer sits outdoors in our driveway. I am thinking if I watch the battery monitor and plug the trailer in when it shows less than 12 volts I should be okay. Does this make sense? I also make sure to use the battery disconnect switch.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:43 PM   #2
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This same discussion is going on at another thread and the general consensus there seems to be it is better to remove the battery than worrying about it.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:00 PM   #3
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Read these....your choice....I remove mine from trailer.

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Old 11-21-2014, 01:49 PM   #4
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I haven't yet but normally will. Southern New England means the thermometer heads south for the winter. We get plenty of nights well below 0f. Though this is the first winter with our 23ikss (which means no access to the kitchen or rear of the trailer without sliding it out)
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I have left the batteries in the MH for the last 2 Winters, I keep it plugged into a 120 outlet with a surge protector on it. Last year was pretty cold for awhile but didn't have any problems. MH is parked in the driveway at home where I can check on it regularly.
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:47 PM   #6
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It is my understanding that a battery will freeze only if it is in an extreme state of discharge.
Just keep it charged up and you'll be fine.
If it was not good to leave it in out the RV than what about all the vehicles parked outdoors during the winter?
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:08 PM   #7
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Yes, I bring mine into the garage and keep on the top of a few pressure-treated boards. (You never want to put batteries directly on concrete.) Three reasons:

-Batteries and propane tanks have a high-rate of theft in RV storage lots....only takes a few minutes for thieves to gather up a LOT of them.

-It can get -20 F here and I take turns plugging each battery in to my battery tender during the winter.

-I also get the propane tanks re-filled in the winter so when we start camping in the spring tanks are full and batteries are ready!
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:23 PM   #8
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Will concrete harm a battery?

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Old 11-21-2014, 03:24 PM   #9
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Some good tips here.
Does anyone use a hitch lock to prevent theft of the trailer?
Mine is parked in my driveway and I put on a hitch lock for extra security.
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Does everyone remove the battery from your travel trailer when laying up for the winter? We live in Southern Ontario and can have spells of well below freezing at times. Our trailer sits outdoors in our driveway. I am thinking if I watch the battery monitor and plug the trailer in when it shows less than 12 volts I should be okay. Does this make sense? I also make sure to use the battery disconnect switch.
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Remove the batteries to an indoor (doesn't need to be heated) protected well ventilated area (garage). Buy and use a "Battery Tender", $40. Batteries will freeze if they are not charged. They are expensive and if you can get 3 years out of your RV batteries instead of 2 then they effectively cost you 1/3 less to own. $40 is 1/2 the cost of a battery and can help with any battery car, truck or RV. Well worth the money and time.
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