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Old 11-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #11
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We have a similar problem everytime we reconnect the batteries. The CO2 goes off for about a minute. We figure gremlins- and we try not to feed them after midnight!
I think its some sort of safety reminder thing. Mine does the same, especially when the battery cables got so corroded the red one fell off. (Bought used, saved a ton of money & now sorting out the "gremlins")

Seriously I think it is a design feature.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:46 AM   #12
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Thanks to everyone for taking time to respond. I don't have a convenient outlet to use to keep it plugged in to shore power all winter. I'm going to try the battery minder idea and see how that goes.

On a related note, my carbon monoxide detector went off when the battery drained. Do I need to do anything else to the trailer when I unhook the battery and connect the battery minder to avoid this in the future? Any other steps to prepare electrical system, alarms, appliances, etc for winter storage once I unhook battery?

Thanks for helping me with these questions. This is our first experience with a trailer and I'm still trying to get up to speed on taking care of it properly.

Rob
My first winter too with TT. I brought in the smoke & other alarms which have the 9v battery. They don't take well to freezing and I think can leak?

Absolutely no food items, crumbs left for the mice in our neighbourhood
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:30 PM   #13
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This is what I have also......this is what I meant by trickle charger.


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Even a trickle charger will ultimately over-charge your batteries. IMO, the best for your batteries is to unhook them from the trailer and put a "smart charger" on it (them). A smart charger is just that; smart enough not to over-charger your battery yet keep it at optimum charge. They typically also have anti-sulfation technology. If you "google" it, you will see all kinds of alternatives. I use the Battery Minder but also have a larger capacity Ship 'n Shore smart charger by Schumacher. I just leave my batteries on the Battery Minder all winter. My motorcycle battery lasted 10 years using the Battery Minder.

Lots of people leave their trailer plugged in all winter. But even the 3-stage chargers are still trickle chargers on the lowest setting. It can work but you have to watch the water level in your battery.

Storage in a state of discharge is bad for a battery. You could be OK just letting it sit (unhooked) but I don't think that that is the best strategy.

Well, others obviously have other opinions but this is how I see it. Good luck!
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