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Old 12-29-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Batteries

We just put our coach back where we store it. Not going out again until end of February do we need to do anything with the batteries??
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:14 AM   #2
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I put ours away every early-mid November, I just disconnect the negative leads and move them so they can't contact the terminal. Even with the disconnects turned off my coach has some small loads. Disconnecting the terminals kills everything.

A fully charged battery won't lose much by the time I pull it out for the first Moab trip in March. Last year I didn't have to put a charge on them at all. I did check monthly with a multimeter.


By the way, were you through Durango lately? Saw one just like ours with CA plates heading down to Farmington a couple of months ago.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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No it wasn't us. Thanks for the info. The metal switch by the steps do u turn that off??
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No need if you disconnect the terminals, however it may be a good idea to turn both off so the terminals don't spark when you take them off/put them on. I didn't last time but everything was turned off in the coach.
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So do you think we're ok for this short of time??
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Last year I went from mid November to mid March without charging. A fully charged battery won't freeze at temps we're likely to see in the lower 48 and if totally disconnected shouldn't lose too much charge at those low temps it does see.

Completely disconnect them, check them once a month to make sure they are still holding voltage/charge and if they drop to ~12.4v or so put a charge on them. Mine sat at ambient temp all winter (down to -9F) and only dropped to ~12.5v by March, plenty to start the coach and generator. Fired it up and drove home to put it on AC for a few days while getting ready. Even getting it ready in storage would have been fine as the batteries would have been fully charged by the time I got where I was going.

The above of course is totally dependent on the condition of your batteries. Old/weak batteries will suffer more than ones in good condition.
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Note for those who dont like sparks--your inverter is hard wired to the battery cables so even if you turn off the main switches, the inverter is going to draw a current and spark when you disconnect/reconnect the house bats--just saying....
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