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Old 11-02-2014, 12:42 PM   #1
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Battery basic questions

Hi Folks,

Can you help me with my infantile battery questions or point me to a relevant post?

Why do forum folk recommend that batteries be removed for winter storage? Does proper storage really make a difference for battery life?

Also, I never have any idea how much juice my batteries hold so I guess I should buy something to measure with. Is a digital voltmeter what I need? If so, the prices are all over the map. I think I just need a basic one. Any recommendations on voltmeter.

My Escape is stored outside in Western Washington state. If temps matter for battery storage. We rarely have extended temps under 30 degrees F but you never know.

Also, while inspecting and cleaning up this fall i noticed a nickle sized abrasion/dent/hole in the fiberglass on her underside. Should I have this repaired?

thanks in advance for any information.

- Jane
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:00 PM   #2
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Same weather here in BC.
My battery remains on the back bumper where it is installed. I plug the trailer in to AC. Just remember to check the water levels in the battery from time to time.
I have a $12.95 voltmeter that plugs into one of the DC outlets. Does the job. See post #9 in JRV Tank Monitor problems

That "hole" is likely a drain.
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If you keep the battery/s fully charged and the fluid level up, you do not need to worry about freezing.
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:03 PM   #4
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Our trailer has a number of small holes in the underside that are drains. I taped small pieces of metal screen door mesh over the holes. Once in another camper we had 20,000 honey bees build a hive inside.
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Does proper storage really make a difference for battery life?
Yes, but left in the trailer is proper, as long as they are kept adequately charged.

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Also, I never have any idea how much juice my batteries hold so I guess I should buy something to measure with. Is a digital voltmeter what I need?
For monitoring in storage, a voltmeter is fine. No fancy features are required.
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:47 PM   #6
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Hi Folks,

I think I just need a basic one. Any recommendations on voltmeter.

Also, while inspecting and cleaning up this fall i noticed a nickle sized abrasion/dent/hole in the fiberglass on her underside. Should I have this repaired?

- Jane
Voltmeter: don't pay much more than $10. It will do everything you need to do.

Hole: post a photo if you can. What matters is how much abrasion there is. If the glass strands are exposed then they should be sealed otherwise they can wick up moisture.

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Old 11-02-2014, 06:29 PM   #7
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A Battery Tender will keep your battery topped up, you don't need to keep it on all the time, but you should periodically charge your batteries with it, battery plus sells them and they are not expensive. They have LEDs to indicate the state of the battery.image.jpg

Here in Florida the heat and humidity seems to be much worse for battery life than winters up North ever were.

I installed a cheap automotive 2 inch voltmeter in a cabinet on my large trailer and I will be doing the same on the Escape when I get it.
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I have a couple of these ( the junior model) and they seem to work great. I carry an auxiliary battery in the bed of my pickup and use the battery tender to top it up when I have 110 volt service.
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Thanks everyone for your informative replies! Of the many things to love about an Escape trailer, the forum is awesome.

Gbags, thanks I will leave my batteries in place and plug er in to AC.

Ron, I will post a photo. The 'abrasion' is right next to a drain hole. I will post something (whatever photo I can muster from the ground underneath a covered trailer )

Thanks all for battery advice and monitoring. I can rest assured that I am taking good care of it. Easier than I thought!

best to all,

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