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Old 04-13-2015, 12:57 PM   #1
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storage, keeping the batteries charged

I am about 100 miles away from where I store my rv. I am in NYC. I have my class c in outside storage and am wondering what I should do with/to the batteries. I will leave the rig at least till August when I might use it for a while and then pull it out in early January for the winter.
I have seen these 4.5 5 watt solar panels and wonder if they work as they are selling for $22 or so. If I hooked up one to the drivetrain battery and one to the house battery would that work or is there another solution. I will spend whatever is needed.
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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Why not just take them with you when you leave? Put them in your basement or somewhere that stays above freezing and don't worry about them. That small a panel probably won't keep up with just your phantom drains. Putting a larger solar panel on without some sort of regulating charge device is asking for trouble. If you really want to keep them charged, you'll need about a 50w panel (these are quite small, and a single 100w is still small) and a solar charger (a Morningstar TM-45 will cost well under $200 and leaves a LOT of room for expansion). Won't have to worry about boiling your batteries!
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Thanks, I don't think you get my situation, I live in an apartment, I'm 72 and pulling batteries and putting them in my bedroom is a hassle. Like I said I will spend whatever is necessary. I want to ask this community before I go to the solar panel sellers so as not to be steered wrong.
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I can understand that - I'm only a year behind you.
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Why not just take them with you when you leave? Put them in your basement or somewhere that stays above freezing and don't worry about them. That small a panel probably won't keep up with just your phantom drains. Putting a larger solar panel on without some sort of regulating charge device is asking for trouble. If you really want to keep them charged, you'll need about a 50w panel (these are quite small, and a single 100w is still small) and a solar charger (a Morningstar TM-45 will cost well under $200 and leaves a LOT of room for expansion). Won't have to worry about boiling your batteries!
The batteries in my coach have never been out, (except when they were replaced at 9 years old... and again last year, after another 9 years).
However in storage my coach is plugged into a 20A outlet via a 50 foot 12/3 extension cord.
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I found this:

http://youtu.be/ASjfX-8npkE


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Just unhook the ground cables when you store it, simple, quick and easy. Costs you nothing but a few minutes on your time.
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