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Old 03-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
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Battery n winter storage.

Just curious if others remove their batteries for winter storage? My other RV was stored indoors and I was able to leave it plugged in. However this year had to use a storage facility without an available outlet. So I removed the coach and house batteries and put them in my garage with a trickle charger on them. Its a pita to move them cause they are not light but figured they would be dead if I didn't remove em.
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if no power then that is the prefered way ...always remove as the batteries will be dead in the spring..jeff
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Previous rig. Made sure batts were full. Diconnected neg wires. Still charged in spring. 11 years.
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Previous rig. Made sure batts were full. Diconnected neg wires. Still charged in spring. 11 years.
What part of the country you in? My concern was being on the Michigan Ohio border I was afraid the batteries would freeze if we had a few days of below 0 temps. We haven't but my garage is a little bit warmer all the same.
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Just curious if others remove their batteries for winter storage? My other RV was stored indoors and I was able to leave it plugged in. However this year had to use a storage facility without an available outlet. So I removed the coach and house batteries and put them in my garage with a trickle charger on them. Its a pita to move them cause they are not light but figured they would be dead if I didn't remove em.
You made a Great Choice, this is the Correct thing to do in your situation.
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What part of the country you in? My concern was being on the Michigan Ohio border I was afraid the batteries would freeze if we had a few days of below 0 temps. We haven't but my garage is a little bit warmer all the same.
I was in PA. Rarely below zero.
But, grew up in MN. My boat or car battery never froze. I always charged em up before winter. If it is a weak battery it may lose charge. I replace mine before that by hydrometer testing.

I understand that If the battery is dead, the acid turns more to the state of water which would start freezing at 32 degrees F.

On the web:
Battery freeze points depend on state of charge or discharge. A brand new fully charged battery will not freeze unless the outside temperature is - 77 F. A battery that's only charged to 75% will freeze when the outside temperature reaches - 35 F. A 50% charged battery will freeze @ -10 F. A 25% charged battery will freeze @ + 5 F
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Good data I knew that was the case but never saw exact numbers. Surprisingly lower temps than I expected tho.
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I have allways done what campdaven does ,, Fully charged batteries. Then take off a battery terminal.. Make some cocoa.. Presently with the rv i have now ,I have a battery
disconnect switch for the cranking batteries ( batteries hard to reach ) and for the easy to reach house batteries I just take off a terminal .
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