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Old Today, 09:12 AM   #21
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Am I doing it wrong? I just leave the trailer plugged in over winter. Never had a problem.
I could do that, but I figure that would give the critters another option to get in.
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Old Today, 10:07 AM   #22
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1st season with an TT and I am wondering about battery storage.

I live on Vancouver Island, doesn't go below 32F very often. I live in a small townhouse with no garage, TT is stored off site. TT has battery cutoff and no power to it so I can't keep a charger on them.

Should I remove them ? Ok to leave them on my covered concrete porch on 2x4 blocks with a trickle charge on them ? I have a Genius 3500 charge that says will maintain the batteries.

Sorry, pretty dumb when it comes to electrical.

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JGriff,

Let's compare "apples to apples":

If you leave the trailer outside (unheated) and plugged into shore power or with the battery cutoff switch "OFF" and a trickle charger connected, then from an "environmental perspective" you've got essentially the same environment, if you store your batteries on your covered porch with a trickle charger connected to them.

I don't see anything to preclude you from storing them on the porch, provided you can protect them from being covered with snow/ice. If it were me, I'd probably place them on a sheet of plywood (or 2x4's), connect the trickle charger and then put a sturdy box or a plastic storage bin over them, just to keep them from being exposed to the wetness from melting ice/snow through the winter.
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Old Today, 10:23 AM   #24
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JGriff,

Let's compare "apples to apples":

If you leave the trailer outside (unheated) and plugged into shore power or with the battery cutoff switch "OFF" and a trickle charger connected, then from an "environmental perspective" you've got essentially the same environment, if you store your batteries on your covered porch with a trickle charger connected to them.

I don't see anything to preclude you from storing them on the porch, provided you can protect them from being covered with snow/ice. If it were me, I'd probably place them on a sheet of plywood (or 2x4's), connect the trickle charger and then put a sturdy box or a plastic storage bin over them, just to keep them from being exposed to the wetness from melting ice/snow through the winter.
Thanks for replying so quickly John

I will put the batteries on 3/4" plywood and cover them.

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Old Today, 10:38 AM   #25
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I do store in large snow area so my solar charge panel is mounted on the side of the 5th wheel where snow would have to be 4 feet deep to affect the charging.
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I use a 100 watt amorphous solar panel array (4 panels) during the winter. First sun today in about a week and battery was at 11.8V this morning. I used to disconnect and check charge monthly. This is easier.
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