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Old 12-22-2015, 07:38 AM   #1
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Trickle Charger for car left at home for the winter

Anyone see any problem with leaving a trickle charger connected to the car staying at home for four months while we are in florida?

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Old 12-22-2015, 07:45 AM   #2
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Make sure it is one designed for float operation. They should throttle back the current when the voltage gets high.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:02 AM   #3
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I recommend that you just charge it up good and leave it disconnected.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:06 AM   #4
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Trickle chargers are fine to leave for extended periods. Bought one for DWs car last year when were gone. Because the truck can sit for extended periods of time too, bought a second one. Now the trucks batteries are fully charged whenmI get ready to drive it. 1/2 amp is not going to harm or boil a battery any time soon.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:19 AM   #5
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Anyone see any problem with leaving a trickle charger connected to the car staying at home for four months while we are in florida?

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Since you even have a trickle charger, I must assume you have dead battery issues like most CRV owners.
After a year of agony with dead battery problems, I replaced the OEM group 51 battery with a much larger group 24 battery and no more dead battery.
I have parked in a hotel lot in sub zero temps for over a month and the car started no problem.

If this is an issue for you, send me a PM and I'd be happy to provide details of the switch which is very simple.
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I have used a trickle charger on the "stay at home" car for 4 + years. Never a problem. Will be hooking it up on 1 January for a 4 month period.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:34 AM   #7
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Wife and I drove truck together and now in the MH. Have left the Yukon at home for as long as 6 mo. Have found a good battery will stay charged and it will start with no problem. Only problem is when the battery was at the end of its life cycle
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:40 AM   #8
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When you say trickle charger I assume you are talking about one of these things and they are designed to stay on for long periods because they will stop charging once the battery reaches a full charge. I have these on my motorcycles as well. If you have a charger that never stops charging then that is probably not such a good thing.

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Old 12-22-2015, 09:59 AM   #9
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I am with 530ktm.I have a 4 bank battery tender hooked to motorcycle 3 riding mowers and have a single bank that will be connected to MH.Good Luck.
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Get a good "Smart" charger and plug it in. We plug the WI vehicles in when we leave for the south and six months later, we plug the AZ vehicles in and go back to fully charged batteries in WI.
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As someone who had a Battery Tender go up in smoke, never again will I either use a Battery Tender or leave one plugged in. Almost cost me my Vette and the garage. The one provided under warranty as the replacement only lasted six months.
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My Corvette battery has been on a trickle charger for 10 plus years and the battery is 15 plus years old.. I adapt the charger so it plugs into the cigarette lighter.
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I bought the small trickle chargers from Harbor Freight. I put them on both batteries on my Class B for 4 months while I was gone. When I came back it started as if I drove it the day before with no problems.
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