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Old 11-05-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Batteries

Do i need to pull the batteries out for winter storage?
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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You don't say where you are as in how cold does it get there and for how long. Fully charged batteries should be OK as long as they stay that way.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:08 PM   #3
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No it is not necessary to pull the batteries as long as the charge it maintained. Charged batteries will not freeze.
Even if the batteries are removed the charge should be maintained to insure servicability. They will self discharge over time, reducing their service life.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:28 PM   #4
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Up here in Canada it gets to 40 below quite often during the winter. I have left my batteries in for winters and have had problems with the chassis batteries ever since. I have a solar panel on the roof and it keeps the house batteries fully charged, my chassis batteries are another thing all together. I have a bird system that is supposed to charge both sets of batteries but my chassis batteries do not hold a charge. I am going to replace my chassis batteries this spring (May) with gel type batteries, but I will remove them from now on. Make a diagram of the cable locations so you can put them back on in the right location. I use battery maintainers to keep the batteries cycled..( battery tenders) on my cars so I will use them on my coach from now on..Only takes a few minutes to pull them out..To replace 7 batteries is a expensive touch..

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:41 PM   #5
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I have solar on coach battery and leave house plugged in. Also put fiberglass insulation around batteries as well as plastic over the grille to reduce airflow. Seems to work so far only had this coach 2 years this spring so no idea how well the others took care of them.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #6
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I leave em in and charge them all once every two weeks.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #7
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Do i need to pull the batteries out for winter storage?
Depends.. If you are in a place where it might hit -50 F this winter,, Likely a good idea.

Otherwise.. Charge them fully and lift the negative lead.. Or put on a battery minder, or battery tender, Or if you have a good top end 3-stage converter plug in.

They should be good over winter with a full charge and the negative lead off, You might want to check them long aabout new year and top off the charge a bit. On my house, since I have a Progressive Dynamics Intella-power 9180 with wizard, I left it pulgged in.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:13 PM   #8
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-50 F this winter
If it gets this cold put the RV in the igloo.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:37 PM   #9
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I've decided to let the batteries in and every two weeks I go out and start it and let in run for awhile. All good so far.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:47 PM   #10
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That may not be the best idea.. It takes quite a run to fully recharge.. I have seen batteries (charged) Survive -40 several times... (I've seen engines fail at that temp but not the battery). But a short run may be a bad thing.. We hear all the time from folks who go out every couple of weeks and run the enine for like 30 minutes.. The batteires die.

2 hours, perhaps, but that's gonna burn a whole bunch of motion lotion (Fuel).
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To keep the Batteries charged.

If it's out side all the time you might think about having some solar panels installed on the roof.
That way you should only have to worry about keeping water in them.
Just a thought.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:35 PM   #12
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Just my experience...

Did 11 years with previous rig. Replaced all batteries when I bought it.
November: put in outside storage in PA, fill fuel, fill batteries, start and run engine and genset for 30 minutes once a month. Take unit out in late March.

They were still dang good when I traded the rig.

Just sayin.....
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:55 AM   #13
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I keep a trickle charger/maintainer on the chassis battery and I keep my house batteries hooked up and run the charger the 1st of every month for 24 hours just to keep them topped off with a full charge. Don't know how well it will work since this is my first winter ever with a motor home lol. Coldest it gets in my warehouse is 30 degrees overnight so not to worried about them freezing though. Each month when I check the charge level on the wall monitor it shows them full. I still start and run the generator for 30 minutes and plug the MH in for 24 hours.
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