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Old 12-12-2011, 07:05 AM   #11
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Glad to hear you had a good time. Nice pics.
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:11 AM   #12
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Mike,
I use the same Yakima setup for my kayak. The only difference is I tie it down onto my front tow hooks. It looks like your front rope is tied to something on the passenger wheel well. What do you tie onto?

Did you use the heater at night? CoolCat or furnace?

How did your shoulder hold up for the paddle?

Where and how do you store your battery for the winter? Do anyone use a trickle charger for the battery's winter storage? If so, what do you recommend?

Great pics, and thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:23 AM   #13
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[QUOTE=Tinsu;150032]Mike,
I use the same Yakima setup for my kayak. The only difference is I tie it down onto my front tow hooks. It looks like your front rope is tied to something on the passenger wheel well. What do you tie onto?
I also use the tow hook, its just the angle of the picture that makes it look off.

Did you use the heater at night? CoolCat or furnace?
I used a small electric heater and the heated mattress, which is really nice.
How did your shoulder hold up for the paddle?
The shoulder did fine, I had to paddle a lot harder than I wanted to because of the conditions, but it did fine.

Where and how do you store your battery for the winter? Do anyone use a trickle charger for the battery's winter storage? If so, what do you recommend?
I am going to place it in my basement and just maintain it with a charger. The type of charger is a good question and one that I was going to ask next. I use a Battery Tender on my Camaro, but I am not sure if that would be good for the camper battery. I would also like to fast charge the battery with a generator when camping and I think the best way is to plug the charger into the generator and then hook it up to the battery. If no one answers up, I will start a new thread on this.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:00 PM   #14
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Great pictures, thanks Mike! I've used a Battery Tender on my same motorcycle battery for the last seven winters. Prior to getting it I would typically get no more than three seasons out of a battery. So I'm sold on the Battery Tender. Accept no substitutes, is my suggestion.

But the BTender isn't a bulk charger, and the camper battery is a different sort of creature than the MC battery. So my suggestion is to still keep the camper battery on the BTender but be sure it's fully charged first. All the BTender would have to do is run a float charge cycle from time to time. That's what I'm doing this first winter, I'll learn whether it was a smart move in the spring. Meanwhile I can use the camper battery as backup power for my ham radio station.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:49 AM   #15
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Thanks for the info.!
I am going to buy a bulk charger, but I am not sure which one to get. I stopped by Sears the other day and they have a few, but I`m not sure which one would be the best for my camper battery.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:23 AM   #16
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Bulk charger ...

i guess i use a bulk charger to keep both my batteries charged up over the winter months. Basically i keep the charger very near the front end of the trailer .. and when i go to blow the snow ... or whatever i will hook it up once a month or so. It runs both a 10 amp and 2amp charge, so i dont keep it hooked up all the time .. just enough to bring the batteries up to scuff during the winter months. This has worked for me in the past ... very well and have had no issues with my deep cycles for years. I really think the whole idea of this is just to disconnect the batts and refresh them once in a while. In reality .. i think anyways .. they really should not loose any charge, if they are not connected .. but it doesnt do them any harm to give them a bit of a "bump of voltage" once in a while to make them happy.

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