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Old 01-21-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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Rookie Mistake (batteries FROZE)

We're planning on camping at the local ice fishing tournament next weekend, so brought the camper home to do a little prep work for the upcoming weekend.

I went to check the water level in the 6 volt batteries and found that the battery boxes were partially filled with water - turns out the water was from the batteries. Yep - they froze.

Darn it!

I know better than leaving them on the camper in the off season, but I thought by disconnecting the batteries they could be left on the camper until our end of January outing.


Lesson learned, but at a big cost $$$.

We ended up getting a few projects completed, so something good came out of the experience (I guess). an learned a valuable lesson - remove those batteries in the off season!

I've been shopping for some gel or AGM batteries all afternoon - so far no luck.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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Where are you located? Must be up north somewhere. I've never heard of such a thing.
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:10 PM   #3
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batteries freeze when not kept fully charged. At 40% charge they will freeze at 16 F.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:20 AM   #4
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Ahhh, the glory of winter. I lost a battery as well during my first season. Only 3 more months till it gets somewhat nice to head back out. Good luck fishing.
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Being down here in the bayou (south Louisiana), we do not experience the problems associated with winter weather as those who live further north. I guess our biggest weather concern is hurricanes.

As for associating ice with fishing or fish, that would be caught fish which are iced or beer on ice while fishing or the consumption of ice cold beverages while eating fish. That ice fishing is probably fun?

Being a lifelong resident of south Louisiana, should I ever get an opportunity to move further north, I have a lot to learn.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:43 AM   #6
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It was -7 here in central NY last night..Warmed up to 1 so heading out to bring in some more firewood..and plug in the camper for a few hours to keep batteries at peak !!
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As stated earlier, a fully charged battery should be fine outside all winter, especially if disconnected with NO parasite load. That said, I still disconnect both of my batteries and bring them inside for the winter.
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I did that last winter first time in storage not connected to electric I remembered this yr to bring the battery home and put it on a battery charger
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Being down here in the bayou (south Louisiana), we do not experience the problems associated with winter weather as those who live further north. I guess our biggest weather concern is hurricanes.

As for associating ice with fishing or fish, that would be caught fish which are iced or beer on ice while fishing or the consumption of ice cold beverages while eating fish. That ice fishing is probably fun?

Being a lifelong resident of south Louisiana, should I ever get an opportunity to move further north, I have a lot to learn.
Your ideas for the use of ice are much better.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:42 PM   #10
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With my very limited knowledge on batteries I need to ask-
Will the battery work once the ice melts?
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