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mcewena

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Hi, I can't find anything in the FAQ that covers this so:

If you live in the freezing areas (ie Canada) do you leave your house batteries in the rig over winter or bring them inside?

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Thanks for checking the faq. This may help..
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Hi,

Where I live it gets to -40. I never bring in the house batteries.

Fully charge them, disconnect the negative side and they will be fine.

Or add a modest solar system, for extra insurance.


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Unless you get to -60F or so, a fully charged battery will not freeze. Disconnect the negative cable to keep the CO alarm and other loads from discharging the battery. If you feel better about having it inside, it doesn't hurt, but mine is heavy enough, it is more than I care to lift and carry.

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mcewena wrote:

Hi, I can't find anything in the FAQ that covers this so:

If you live in the freezing areas (ie Canada) do you leave your house batteries in the rig over winter or bring them inside?


Well: Yes.

I have taken a fully charged battery to -40 on more than one occasion,, The key phrase here is FULLY CHARGED, and no damage.

However if you wish, bring them in. BUT FIRST:

Take two small cans of spray paint, Testor's brand from the local hobby shop is good.. On the Positive end (most positive if six volt pairs) spray RED

Black on the Negative end

If you over spray onto the batteries.. Not a bad thing

Spray all the wires that hook to the post.

Now, when it comes next spring.. You won't be asking where this WHITE wire goes cause it will be painted the proper color.. Black wires to the black end red to the red end.

Finally: no matter where you keep them a Battery Minder Plus is a good thing.

Also if you bring them indoors I suggest some scrap plywood to set them on.. NOT because of any "leaching property of concrete" but because if there is any acid on the outside of the battery, Scrap wood is cheap, easily replaced and can be considered "Sacraficial" as opposed to very expensive flooring.


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Posted: 09/19/11 06:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never bring mine in. I have my Cougar connected to shore power with a timer that is on one hour per day. 8 months of storage every year and my batteries last 7-8 years before needing replacement. I have a switch on my propane detector and turn it off while in storage.


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Posted: 09/19/11 07:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As I recall Trojan says a fully charged battery freezes at MINUS 92 degrees F. If it gets that cold, I will not be worrying about my TT battery, which stays in place connected to a solar BatteryMINDer.


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The is no harm in pulling them and keeping them warmer then outside. If you have the space and strength.

As you can see you can leave them in but them require more maintance and a close eye. If you forget and the batteries get low during a cold snap there is trouble.

To me it is just easier to pull them but I tend to get forgetfull of monthly maintance on the rig.
You have to decide for yourself based on your style.
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I pull mine, top up the fluid level if required and put them on a battery tender once a month. I could just charge them up my last trip and disconnect using the onboard switch. I want to eliminate theft by removing everything that is behind a 751 keyed lock.

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