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Old 12-23-2012, 09:54 PM   #11
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Just remember the blog is mostly anchored around solar charging and the foour steps of voltage required. For winter storage or long inactivity here's Trojans quote. I've done it this way since 1997 in various MH chassis and coach batteries, mid New Jersey. Trojan makes them, the blogger is hearsey!


STORAGE


Periods of inactivity can be extremely harmful to lead acid batteries. When placing a battery into storage, follow the recommendations below to insure that the battery remains healthy and ready for use.
NOTE: Storing, charging or operating batteries on concrete is perfectly OK.
The most important things to avoid:

1. Freezing. Avoid locations where freezing temperature is expected. Keeping a battery at a high state of charge will also prevent freezing. Freezing results in irreparable damage to a battery's plates and container.

2. Heat. Avoid direct exposure to heat sources, such as radiators or space heaters. Temperatures above 80 F accelerate the battery's self-discharge characteristics.

Step by step storage procedure:

1. Completely charge the battery before storing.

2. Store the battery in a cool, dry location, protected from the elements.

3. During storage, monitor the specific gravity (flooded) or voltage. Batteries in storage should be given a boost charge when they show a 70% charge or less. See Table 1 in the Testing Section.

4. Completely charge the battery before re-activating.

5. For optimum performance, equalize the batteries (flooded) before putting them back into service. Refer to the Equalizing section for this procedure.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #12
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Just remember the blog is mostly anchored around solar charging and the foour steps of voltage required. For winter storage or long inactivity here's Trojans quote. I've done it this way since 1997 in various MH chassis and coach batteries, mid New Jersey. Trojan makes them, the blogger is hearsey!

STORAGE

Periods of inactivity can be extremely harmful to lead acid batteries. When placing a battery into storage, follow the recommendations below to insure that the battery remains healthy and ready for use.
NOTE: Storing, charging or operating batteries on concrete is perfectly OK.
The most important things to avoid:

1. Freezing. Avoid locations where freezing temperature is expected. Keeping a battery at a high state of charge will also prevent freezing. Freezing results in irreparable damage to a battery's plates and container.

2. Heat. Avoid direct exposure to heat sources, such as radiators or space heaters. Temperatures above 80 F accelerate the battery's self-discharge characteristics.

Step by step storage procedure:

1. Completely charge the battery before storing.

2. Store the battery in a cool, dry location, protected from the elements.

3. During storage, monitor the specific gravity (flooded) or voltage. Batteries in storage should be given a boost charge when they show a 70% charge or less. See Table 1 in the Testing Section.

4. Completely charge the battery before re-activating.

5. For optimum performance, equalize the batteries (flooded) before putting them back into service. Refer to the Equalizing section for this procedure.[/QUO

Your proven track record has convinced me to leave it in the trailer connected to shore power. I will top it off with conventional charger and verify that it has a full charge Prior to covering the trailer.
My lack of knowledge raises another question. Does the battery disconnect isolate the battery from the charging circuit or simply assure there is no current draw from the trailer. I could measure output for each mode of the disconnect switch but figured its just easier to ask.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:30 PM   #13
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Just remember the blog is mostly anchored around solar charging and the foour steps of voltage required. For winter storage or long inactivity here's Trojans quote. I've done it this way since 1997 in various MH chassis and coach batteries, mid New Jersey. Trojan makes them, the blogger is hearsey!

STORAGE

Periods of inactivity can be extremely harmful to lead acid batteries. When placing a battery into storage, follow the recommendations below to insure that the battery remains healthy and ready for use.
NOTE: Storing, charging or operating batteries on concrete is perfectly OK.
The most important things to avoid:

1. Freezing. Avoid locations where freezing temperature is expected. Keeping a battery at a high state of charge will also prevent freezing. Freezing results in irreparable damage to a battery's plates and container.

2. Heat. Avoid direct exposure to heat sources, such as radiators or space heaters. Temperatures above 80 F accelerate the battery's self-discharge characteristics.

Step by step storage procedure:

1. Completely charge the battery before storing.

2. Store the battery in a cool, dry location, protected from the elements.

3. During storage, monitor the specific gravity (flooded) or voltage. Batteries in storage should be given a boost charge when they show a 70% charge or less. See Table 1 in the Testing Section.

4. Completely charge the battery before re-activating.

5. For optimum performance, equalize the batteries (flooded) before putting them back into service. Refer to the Equalizing section for this procedure.
Thanks for the info..
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:33 PM   #14
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Keep charging

I agree. Since we don't rent campers and trailers during the winter, I have about 30 batteries wired to a four solar panel system, and I keep them charged while powering my welding shop (runs everything except the welder). Even though I am at 9000 ft elevation, the cold is not a problem if you keep your batteries charged. Here is a table showing the relationship of charge to freezing.

Electrolyte Freeze Points
at Various States-of-Charge
for a Wet Lead-Acid Battery Table

Approximate State-of-Charge (SoC) Approximate Electrolyte Freeze Point
100% -77F
75% -35F
50% -10F
25% 5F
0% 20F

Hope this helps.

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My lack of knowledge raises another question. Does the battery disconnect isolate the battery from the charging circuit or simply assure there is no current draw from the trailer. I could measure output for each mode of the disconnect switch but figured its just easier to ask.
If its installed properly (ie, right after the battery and before anything else,) your disconnect switch should perform both of these functions.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:54 AM   #16
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Thanks, it appears to be that way
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:08 AM   #17
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Thanks for the reminder, just went and checked our Trojans that are sitting in the garage as it is -22 deg C here at the moment, so a little worried about freezing. Both at 6.2 v so accord to the Trojan website time for a charge cycle.

Missing camping still 5 more months to go for us realistically, although we have camped in the snow before so might try to break the trailer out before May this year.

Merry Xmas to all, have a safe holiday
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