View Poll Results: In the snow belt area, what do you do with your battery over the winter?
Remove to house or garage hooked/not hooked to charger 17 56.67%
Keep battery conected to Rv that's hooked to shore power 7 23.33%
Disconnect battery from Rv and use a trickle charger 5 16.67%
Nothing and hope for the best. 1 3.33%
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Winter storage of Battery

In the snow belt area, what do you do with your battery for the winter months
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:13 PM   #2
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Remove store inside garage and charge at least once per winter. Some say never put battery directly on concrete.
Biggest thing is to charge over winter.

I keep mine in garage and it’s kept right above the freeze point.
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:18 PM   #3
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I have two deep cycle 6V. I disconnect them and leave them in the camper. Done this for many years now.

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Old 11-03-2019, 03:51 PM   #4
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Between 2 motorcycles, 2 lawn tractors, 1 golf cart, 1 camper.....I have six 12volt batteries that I pull and lay on my workbench. I have a battery maintainer (float) charger that I start with battery #1 let it on the charger for a week, then go to battery 2 for a week....etc....etc...seems to work well. So every six weeks the battery gets a full charge for a week, then sits for awhile until it gets its turn again.
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:12 PM   #5
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Trailer, boat, lawn tractor, 2 quads. Check them with the multi meter and write that number/date on masking tape stuck to each battery. Check them every so often and write it on the battery, then when I do charge the battery I'll charge it with 3 amp for a few hours and then the next day check with the multi meter and write date/number again on the battery. I might spend a week charging a battery that way, a few hours at a time. The boat and trailer battery sit on the one quad rear storage box of the one quad that has no blade and never moved all winter. I agree with a previous comment, never never ever sit your battery on the concrete.
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:13 PM   #6
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Agree with removal, don't store on concrete floor - maybe old wives tale but, I learned from my Pop, fully charge upon removal, check voltage monthly. Float charger if battery cannot be removed. If it's a wet cell lead acid, make sure to check water level in all cells monthly during heavy use when battery is being charged frequently. Only use distilled water and top off as needed.
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:01 PM   #7
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I have two 12 volt batteries. I have a disconnect switch also installed. I turn off the disconnect switch and periodically through the winter I will turn it on and hook up to shore power for a day to give them a charge. Done this for 22 years with no problems.
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:57 PM   #8
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I take mine out and itís on the shelf in heated garage until I need it for my winter camper. Yeah I know itís not a Crossroads but itís still a camper with a furnace.

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Old 11-04-2019, 09:42 AM   #9
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Same...sit them on a piece of foam board, I had a piece of 1 1/2" solid foam board, and maintainer on one of the batteries on weekends , , alternate every other weekend.
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:50 AM   #10
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We winter in Arizona in a modular home so while RV is in storage I disconnected the main negative cable, used a 2 amp solar charger hooked to the batteries which kept the batteries topped off enough to use the slides a few times for periodic inspection throughout the winter. Worked great if lots of sun, which we had.
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:56 AM   #11
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Used to remove but now just leave in. Disconnect both battery cables and clean them - check water level and put it on a automatic charger about every other month.
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I leave my battery connected in the trailer with a battery tender connected to shore power. So if I need to open the trailer or use it during a power outage. Done this for the last 5 years without any issues.
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I used to leave the battery connected that way the wife could open the slides if needed but discovered that with the battery disconnected all i had to do was plug in the cord and the converter will run the slides without the battery connected. I used to take the battery out and put it in the shop to charge over the winter but i think over the years either batteries have became heaver or i got older so now it stays in the camper and i bring the charger to it.
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Old 11-10-2019, 04:01 PM   #14
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Agree with removal, don't store on concrete floor - maybe old wives tale
It is exactly that, an old wives tale. It is Perfectly safe to store your battery on the concrete since the invention of plastic cases.
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Old 11-10-2019, 04:14 PM   #15
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Take battery indoors and trickle charge with battery minder
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:18 PM   #16
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Putting them on a concrete floor is no longer valid. Doesn't apply to the modern battery with a plastic case. I disconnect mine after they are fully charged, that's all. There is no power in my storage lot. It would be best to put a battery tender on them but I can't I have 4 six volt batteries, they are heavy as xxx and very hard for an old man to move around. Haven't had any problems leaving the for 2-3 months.
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When I wasnít wintering in Florida. I would leave them on trailer connected to roof mounted solar panels. They would receive a trickle charge all winter and stay fully charged without ever freezing.
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It is exactly that, an old wives tale. It is Perfectly safe to store your battery on the concrete since the invention of plastic cases.
Wives tale of not, I still set them on a piece of wood or plastic so if a bit of acid leaks out or a cell is overfilled it won't mess up the concrete, the stain it leaves is permanent.
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:12 AM   #19
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This thread jinxed me a little. Noticed this year that battery wasn't performing as well. Put on a trickle charger and it bubbled out acid from one cell. Will test it but last time I had this happen it was a bad cell. Guess I am in the market for a new one next year. Going to price 6 volt golf cart batteries this time around as I do a fair amount off the grid.
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:35 PM   #20
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Case construction and materials do not matter. Cold cranking amps is a rating that's important here in the NE. Cold will sufficiently reduce a battery's power to the point where one that is serviceable in the summer is reduced to useless in the winter. Any insulator that reduces heat loss through absorption will extend a battery's life and useable power. As the stored energy of a battery is lowered the likelihood of freezing increases. That's why I pull mine out.
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