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Old 11-11-2015, 12:00 PM   #1
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Battery - winterizing?

Does anyone unhook their battery in the winter?
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Old 11-11-2015, 12:48 PM   #2
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Yes. Then I hook a Battery Minder to them. Keeps them charged, there for they don't freeze up and break, also desulfates them. Plus, I don't have to lift those heavy buggers in and out.
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:11 AM   #3
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Yup. Mine goes home and in the garage.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:19 PM   #4
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Pull them out of the trailer and put them in the garage. Check the water level in the cells and I put them on a charge for a few hours every month
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:49 PM   #5
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Yep....unhook and yank mine out, put them in a heated garage on the battery tender(s)....check water every month or so as well...
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:33 AM   #6
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Old 11-14-2015, 10:31 PM   #7
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Putting mine on a maintenance charger in my basement for the winter.
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Old 11-15-2015, 04:57 PM   #8
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I took my batteries out the first winter we had a 5th wheel. Haven't bothered since. Just make sure they are fully charged, then hit the disconnect and leave them be. I winterize in mid October, and they are always fine at the end of April when we get the 5er ready for the upcoming season.
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:26 AM   #9
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What about leaving it plugged into 110 all winter? Mine is stored inside a metal shop w/ insulation only on the ceiling here in North Texas.
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Old 11-22-2015, 01:52 PM   #10
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Out she comes - then plugged in once per month on a charger. Plus, not bad to have in the house in the case of a power outage. Gives you some extra energy for low draw stuff - like the radio!!
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Old 11-23-2015, 06:11 AM   #11
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Ours is plugged in 24/7 so yes you can leave it in and hook to shore power to keep it charged. You will want to check the water level occasionally to make sure that it doesn't get low on water.
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Old 11-03-2016, 04:20 PM   #12
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I want to bring this topic back from the dead. So here in the forum two of 11 posters have said to just leave the batteries in the trailer all winter and keep power on or just leave it off. I am debating on going this route this year (because it's such a hassle to take them out) and see what kind of results I get. What I really want to know is if anyone has had long term results either way positive or negative??

In the past I bring the battery inside and keep them on a charger all winter. (I have four batteries with chargers all lined up charging all winter in a the basement) Normally I have had batteries only last two maybe three years anyway.

So the trailer I currently have has two solar panels on the roof (I know nothing about the power output) that came with the trailer. I am hoping that they will keep just enough power on the batteries to keep them in good shape all winter. Does anyone have experience with solar panels keeping batteries charged during the winter??
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:58 PM   #13
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Is your trailer in storage, or are you able to keep it at home?
As far as the solar panels keeping your batteries charged during the winter, if you knew how many watts they were, and if they are actually hooked up and working, you would feel better.
For one thing, if your trailer sits outside, you will have to make sure you always keep the snow off the panels. They won't work if they are covered with snow.
If you have electricity where it sits, my recommendation is to get your self a battery minder, unhook the batteries and hook the battery minder on. Other then checking periodically to make sure the power is on you can pretty well forget it.
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Old 11-07-2016, 03:32 PM   #14
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So I keep the trailer outside all winter without power. It came with three solar panels on the roof and what I am hoping is that these panels will keep my batteries charged over the winter. So that I will not have to remove the batteries. (I am lazy sometimes, plus curious). I am a little skeptical and don't know how much power they will put out over the winter months with less sun. I will be keeping a good eye on them to see how they do.
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