Originally Posted by TennesseMike
I am new to the world of TT and was wondering about my Battery. I tend to go out every two or three weeks. For the weekends only. Should I disconnect the battery after each trip? and when should I put a Trickle charge on it?
Should I invest ion a shutoff switch? And how oftern should I check with a Hydrometer?
Lot's of questions but curious to how others handle this item.
Mike; you've certainly struck the question which preoccupies many in the TT community. When I started TT RVing, it was in 2006. My trailer had a 12v battery, and I installed a 110 watt solar panel to keep it charged. In the off season I either put the battery in storage, or disconnected it. This treatment led to a dead battery every winter, so when we traded up last year, I specified a 160 solar panel and a couple of 6v golf car batteries. I did not disconnect the batteries, and by and large, the solar panel has kept the batteries up to about 95%. My fear of freezing the batteries has evaporated - around here it rarely gets much below freezing, and I understand a fully charged battery can easily withstand many degrees below zero. I check my water levels every few weeks, and in 7 months, have not yet had to add water.
Solar has certainly eased my concerns, and my problems. If I get to do more boondocking, I may add another 160 panel, but for me it's certainly been the way to go.
I've only been a forum member for about 6 months,and I have to say people are very friendly, share their experiences and often offer valuable advice.
2007 GMC Sierra 4.8L, 2014 Black Rock 19B