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Old 10-28-2017, 03:28 PM   #21
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Not to hijack this thread but what do you guys do with your battery? Do you put it on a trickle charger or do you just let it be? I've heard people doing it both ways.


Trickle charger in basement for me.
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:05 PM   #22
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Not to hijack this thread but what do you guys do with your battery? Do you put it on a trickle charger or do you just let it be? I've heard people doing it both ways.
Yeah, trickle charger in basement. Takes maybe 2 minutes to unhook amd carry in. Trickle charger is 20.00... Battery is like 150.00..
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Is there a particular trickle charger that you would recommend? Do you leave it plugged in all the time?
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:24 AM   #24
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Stanley charger. 3 stage. I leave it hooked up but I plug it in for a week every couple months. I just set reminders on my phone.
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I just bought one from a local ATV shop. I leave mine plugged in non-stop. Some are bigger and made to fast charge and some are smaller and made to leave plugged in all the time. In your case id just go buy a small one made to leave plugged in.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:39 AM   #26
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Battery Tender . Itís like a Ronco appliance - ďset it and forget itĒ!
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Old 10-29-2017, 08:18 AM   #27
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Thanks for the comments. Ive seen some from harbor freight. Would those be good?
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Old 10-29-2017, 08:28 AM   #28
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Thanks for the comments. Ive seen some from harbor freight. Would those be good?
Battery tenders are best. Have been using for years on motorcycles. Costco sells them as well. Last at least 5 years. Durable and reliable.
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:01 PM   #29
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A couple more things.
Usually there is a strainer on the suction side of the pump. Remove the cap a to drain the water/anti-freeze, clean the strainer and put it back.

Garden hose? I use one to wash the trailer but no way will it ever be used to put water into the fresh water system of my tent-trailer. Use a drinking water non-toxic hose, like the white one from Camco, and keep it clean. Remember the terrible plastic taste from drinking from a garden hose when you were kid? They cannot be sanitized.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:41 PM   #30
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Not to hijack this thread but what do you guys do with your battery? Do you put it on a trickle charger or do you just let it be? I've heard people doing it both ways.
I put mine on my work bench in the garage and put a battery tender on it for the winter. Just winterized it today and will be putting it in storage in the next week or so.
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:25 AM   #31
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I put mine on my work bench in the garage and put a battery tender on it for the winter. Just winterized it today and will be putting it in storage in the next week or so.
Out of curiosity is your garage heated? I contemplated leaving it in my unheated garage for the winter but have put it in my basement. My garage is well insulated and never gets below freezing during upstate ny winters.
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Out of curiosity is your garage heated? I contemplated leaving it in my unheated garage for the winter but have put it in my basement. My garage is well insulated and never gets below freezing during upstate ny winters.
No, my garage isn't heated, nor does it have a drain, lol (one on my wish list). Like yours its insulated well. On average the temps as shown from the cars are around 50 degrees F when it is a typical winter (around freezing). The coldest I have ever noticed it getting has been mid 30's and that was a stretch of several days of sub 0 temps out side. So haven't had any issues with it. I need to clean up my work bench enough to make a spot for it now.
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Out of curiosity is your garage heated? I contemplated leaving it in my unheated garage for the winter but have put it in my basement. My garage is well insulated and never gets below freezing during upstate ny winters.
Freezing temperatures do not hurt a charged battery. If I left a tender on mine all winter I would not worry about leaving it in an uninsulated garage.
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:23 PM   #34
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Trickle charger in basement for me.
Battery in the basement--on the floor (actually on an old board to protect the floor from battery schmoo). Monthly charges with a battery charger that has a charge status indicator. Location is "cool and dry". No chance of freezing, and temp is low enough to prevent significant discharge from heating.
http://www.trojanbattery.com/pdf/WP_...orage_0512.pdf

Some have questioned Trojan's "wind chill" comment, but I believe Trojan is referring to rare occasions, in marginal conditions, were the chemical activity in the battery might keep the battery temp slightly above ambient temp, and wind chill effect would carry away that heat. I've yet to find a corroborating source for this hypothesis. Considering that Trojan is one of the most respected manufacturers, I'll follow their recommendations.
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Battery in the basement--on the floor (actually on an old board to protect the floor from battery schmoo). Monthly charges with a battery charger that has a charge status indicator. Location is "cool and dry". No chance of freezing, and temp is low enough to prevent significant discharge from heating.

http://www.trojanbattery.com/pdf/WP_...orage_0512.pdf



Some have questioned Trojan's "wind chill" comment, but I believe Trojan is referring to rare occasions, in marginal conditions, were the chemical activity in the battery might keep the battery temp slightly above ambient temp, and wind chill effect would carry away that heat. I've yet to find a corroborating source for this hypothesis. Considering that Trojan is one of the most respected manufacturers, I'll follow their recommendations.


As much as they cost, Iíd follow the directions too. Battery reactions are definitely temperature dependent.

I donít think there is much discharge in the cold, but the possibility of freezing exists when a battery is discharged.

Bring it into the warm and you will get discharge but no freezing.

Keeping it charged is imperative no matter where itís stored.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:21 PM   #36
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Freezing temperatures do not hurt a charged battery.
I have a solar panel (100 watt WindyNation) wired into my trailer. If freezing temps do not hurt a charged battery, would it be better to simply lay my solar panel on top of the trailer and keep it hooked up like I do all summer? Assuming I clean snow off of the panel as necessary, wouldnít that be sufficient to protect the batteries? Would it still be better to protect the panel and wiring from the elements over the winter?

BTW, I have two batteries on my trailer and a spare I kept from my previous trailer when I traded it. Keeping them charged in the basement is kind of a pain because it means I have to remember to occasionally switch the charger so all three get charged.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:43 PM   #37
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Will the panel get light? Is it hooked up to a quality float type charger? If so, awesome. Batteries don’t discharge on their own very fast when cold. If it’s fully charged and you hooked them up to a plug in charger and topped them off once or twice, you’ll be fine. I did that for years. I have never owned a float charger I trust not to dry out my battery.
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