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Old 04-12-2016, 11:19 PM   #11
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Yes the OP'S trailer gas a 3 stage converter/charger.
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:22 PM   #12
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The question I have is if the charger that comes with the trailer is a smart/3 step charger?

as for charging the battery, use the battery disconet every time you are not using the trailer, that will avoid battery discharge.
I have a 10w solar panel with a little morning start smart charge controller that keep the battery on my boat 100% charged when Im not using it. I intent to have the same set up for the trailer, it works great.
Never leave your battery outside charging during freezing temperatures, that will kill the battery for sure.. I lost a brand new AGM ($$$) battery that way....


I live in the Midwest and it gets COLD my batteries charge all winter long outside.
Been doing it for ten years.
Sorry but your statement does not hold water.
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:25 PM   #13
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Would definitely be beneficial to upgrade to a four stage charger such as a boondocker or progressive dynamics


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Old 04-12-2016, 11:34 PM   #14
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I live in the Midwest and it gets COLD my batteries charge all winter long outside.
Been doing it for ten years.
Sorry but your statement does hold water.
What kind of battery do you have?
The marina where my boat spends the winter have more than 100 boats and everybody takes their battery home during the winter.
My brand new AGM, a real marine deep cycle battery, was toasted after winter. The solar panel and charge controler where band new....
So I find really difficult to believe that you really charged your battery while it was frozen... It may be possible that your charge controler stop charging below a certain temperature.....
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:42 PM   #15
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I live in the Midwest and it gets COLD my batteries charge all winter long outside.
Been doing it for ten years.
Sorry but your statement does hold water.
I agree. I'm in the Midwest, too. Last winter (2014-15) temps were below -10F for 3 weeks straight; no problems. My truck sits outside. I usually only drive my truck every few weeks in the winter, so I probably only drove it once in this 3 week period.

If below freezing was a problem for batteries, ALL of us Yankees would be in BIG trouble.

{Note a DISCHARGED battery WILL freeze - I'm guessing RAC let his AGM discharge, then it froze.}
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Old 04-13-2016, 12:11 AM   #16
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What kind of battery do you have?
The marina where my boat spends the winter have more than 100 boats and everybody takes their battery home during the winter.
My brand new AGM, a real marine deep cycle battery, was toasted after winter. The solar panel and charge controler where band new....
So I find really difficult to believe that you really charged your battery while it was frozen... It may be possible that your charge controler stop charging below a certain temperature.....




My batteries charge from the converter all winter long.
Actually my batteries charge 365 days a year as the only time my camper is un plugged is when I'm traveling.
No charge controller to stop charging.
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X2 I just pulled a DC27 out of mine a couple of Weeks ago when I added a second battery and just checked it's cell fluid levels..everything looked great..


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I think the issue with the battery being destroyed over the winter may have been the assumption that a 10W solar panel and controller would keep the battery charged. Taking into account the real world conditions ( sunny vs cloudy days) and the fact that the system was most likely only delivering 0.3 amps peak, the battery probably self-discharged and froze. I was given a 10W solar auto battery charger and after looking at the actual ( measured ) charging capability, I gave it back.
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I think the issue with the battery being destroyed over the winter may have been the assumption that a 10W solar panel and controller would keep the battery charged. Taking into account the real world conditions ( sunny vs cloudy days) and the fact that the system was most likely only delivering 0.3 amps peak, the battery probably self-discharged and froze. I was given a 10W solar auto battery charger and after looking at the actual ( measured ) charging capability, I gave it back.


I think your right.
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