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Old 10-13-2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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leaving battery in

Thinking about leaving the battery in the trailer for the winter. The trailer can be plugged into 30 amp service. I cant see what the downside would be. I would think the battery would stay charged instead of sitting in the garage and not being charged all winter. We live in Canada where it can reach -25c.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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I plan on doing the same thing, but living in Texas our winters are balmy compared to your location. Monitor the battery voltage and check your water level.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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I was wondering about this the other day. Is it better to leave your camper plugged in continuously or should you just plug it in once a month or so? What gives the longest battery life?
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:31 AM   #4
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I was wondering about this the other day. Is it better to leave your camper plugged in continuously or should you just plug it in once a month or so? What gives the longest battery life?
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I've been doing it for years....never been a problem. If you have a 3-stage converter, it will maintain the battery at approximately 13.2V, which would be a trickle charge. The freezing point of a fully charged battery is something like -92 degrees F, so that shouldn't be a problem.

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Old 10-14-2012, 08:09 AM   #6
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I was wondering about this the other day. Is it better to leave your camper plugged in continuously or should you just plug it in once a month or so? What gives the longest battery life?
The downside to plugging in occasionally is forgetting to do it. A discharged battery will freeze. A partially discharged battery will still freeze; just at a much lower temperature that a discharged one.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:10 AM   #7
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ok im leavin it in!!
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I left mine in last winter, turned the battery disconnect off and just ran a light grade outdoor extension cord with a 1 amp battery tender from TSC. I tucked the tender up underneath the propane tank cover so it's out of the weather. I figure the converter only has so many hours of use in it, and I'd rather blow up a $20 battery tender in a few years than my converter. The converter rests over the winter.
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The converter rests over the winter.
I am sure it appreciates it. Mine likes to keep busy.
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I have a different point of view on battery maintenance for the winter. The 3-state chargers are certainly an improvement over the older chargers but they are not smart chargers; it is a trickle charger. You can't leave even a trickle charger on a battery indefinitely as it will ultimately "boil" the water out and your battery will be over-charged. IMO, a better strategy is to unhook the battery from the trailer and hook it to a smart maintainer; like a Battery Minder. It is smarter than the 3-stage converter and it also has anti-sulfation technology. I've used this kind of product for years with great success. My batteries last me for years. My motorcycle battery finally needs replacement but it is 10 years old; maintained by a Battery Minder.

If you do leave the battery hooked to the 3-stage converter, I would make sure to regularly visit the battery (ies) to check the electrolyte level. You can use this strategy but you can't just walk away until spring IMO.
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If you do leave the battery hooked to the 3-stage converter, I would make sure to regularly visit the battery (ies) to check the electrolyte level. You can use this strategy but you can't just walk away until spring IMO.
Could not agree more. I do a monthly walk through check that includes water levels in the battery and any signs of leaks or bug infestations.
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I live in Northeast PA. Last year I disconnected my battery and left it on the trailer. No charging. All was good.
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I live in Northeast PA. Last year I disconnected my battery and left it on the trailer. No charging. All was good.
Last year we had 1 major snow (and it was early).
Temps highest in 100 or so years.
I would not try it again this winter. Just my opinion here....
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I was planning on leaving the battery in all winter and having the whole camper plugged in while home to keep the battery charged.Would this be okay?Im new to all this.
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I was planning on leaving the battery in all winter and having the whole camper plugged in while home to keep the battery charged.Would this be okay?Im new to all this.
That is what I do. 4 years; so far so good.
Just remember to check the water level in the battery every month or so when you do your leak check. Wear old clothes.
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Ok thanks.
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can't give you a comparison but I swear by a Battery Tender.....Bill
X2 My batteries never lose water & last much longer.
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I've never had to deal with water levels in batteries before, is there special water that needs to be used in the battery? Distilled maybe?
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I've never had to deal with water levels in batteries before, is there special water that needs to be used in the battery? Distilled maybe?
Yep. Distilled water. (NOT spring water! - lots of junk in that)
I keep plenty on hand since I use distilled water in the Tassimo coffee maker.
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Just one more question, what level am I looking for on the water? I haven't looked inside a battery in years
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