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Old 12-16-2015, 02:15 PM   #1
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Batteries winter storage

So I am looking for the simple answer of:

Do we leave the batteries in for the winter or not...

We have 2 new October 2015 deep cycle group 27

Converter has trickle charger
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:27 PM   #2
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Batteries winter storage

You want a simple answer or a "good" answer ?

It depends upon how "good" your converter/charger is. What brand/model is it?
What is its "float" voltage setting? You don't want it to overcharge the batteries
and boil the water out of them. Are you close by so you can go check on the batteries once in awhile ? How likely is it the power could fail at your storage facility? I have heard stories where a breaker at the storage yard shut off, and then the batteries were ruined after remaining discharged for 4 months.
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The RV will be stored in our driveway. I do know the converter had a 1 stage float charger. Do not know the model and we were not given any papers on it. Will need to contact Heartland on that one.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:33 PM   #4
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Batteries winter storage

If it's in your driveway, then it should be no problem to check the water level and voltage every few weeks....
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Also were are you located? What weather do you get for winter? Snow or sun?
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As long as you keep an eye on water level, no problem.

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Some folks think it's a lot of trouble, but my battery is in the garage anytime I am not using the trailer. I keep it on a battery tender and check the water level monthly.
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Mine is in the driveway- I leave the batteries in year around.
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We are in Western Mass. I called Heartland and the charger has a wizard.

Could not tell me the brand or model.
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:25 PM   #10
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The Wizard will be a 3 stage charger, so not much danger of over charging and boiling the battery, nor freezing it when it is winter.

Here is a chart showing freeze temps for batteries at various states of charge. If charged, a wet cell battery will not freeze until about 70 BELOW zero...

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Thank you for all the great information.
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:43 PM   #12
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I usually charge them up and disconnect the grounds. Batteries last longer that way.
In my cars parked over the winter, I just do that and in the spring I connect the grounds and start the cars with no boost.
Batteries last past 7 years.
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Some folks think it's a lot of trouble, but my battery is in the garage anytime I am not using the trailer. I keep it on a battery tender and check the water level monthly.
Agree. Mine is in the garage on a trickle charger.
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Mine is in the driveway- I leave the batteries in year around.
Ditto for us.
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