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Old 11-10-2015, 12:09 AM   #81
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The one time I actually left my trailer in (covered) storage for 22 weeks between camping trips, all I did was engage the battery disconnect switch (zero phantom battery draw). The batteries still had 13.2 volts on board when I went to get it.
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Old 11-10-2015, 09:57 AM   #82
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Seems to me like unless you're over-wintering at Prudhoe Bay these battery issues are all much adoo about nothing.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:22 AM   #83
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Seems to me like unless you're over-wintering at Prudhoe Bay these battery issues are all much adoo about nothing.
Thanks, Myron...I'm glad someone else is of the same opinion. I guess that was sort of my point in telling my anecdotal incident.

Edited: When I had a tent trailer and did no winter camping, I simply pulled the fuse on the battery...had the tent trailer with the same battery for nine years with no deleterious effect to the battery.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:26 PM   #84
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Seems to me like unless you're over-wintering at Prudhoe Bay these battery issues are all much adoo about nothing.
This area sees temperatures as low as -40°C (which is also -40°F) at least occasionally every winter. If a battery is half-charged at that temperature, the results could easily be bad. Cars sit out in those temperatures routinely, but most are driven (and thus charged) at least occasionally, unlike an ignored trailer. We're far south of the arctic coast - a couple thousand kilometres - so our lowest temperatures are few degrees less extreme than Prudhoe Bay, but destroying batteries in low temperatures is still a real issue... here and in much of North America.

I assume that forum members are bright enough to know how cold it gets in their own area, are able to judge whether or not their weather is "nothing", and can decide how much to do about it.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:38 PM   #85
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I too have seen man a battery left partially discharged in the cold of winter freeze and become ruined. I must admit, I have let that happen to a couple of mine before, thus the ambition to keep them fully charged. Besides, it is real easy to do.
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What about a battery tender? I've not heard any talk about that so far.
They work great for motorcycles and other smaller batteries.
Why wouldn't they work for a 12 volt trailer system?
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What about a battery tender? I've not heard any talk about that so far.
They work great for motorcycles and other smaller batteries.
Why wouldn't they work for a 12 volt trailer system?
A suitably-sized Battery Tender or other similar maintenance charger would work fine... if you have 120 volt AC power. If you have power, you can just let the Escape's converter/charger run in maintenance mode, too. The problem is that in most storage situations, you don't have AC power available.
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With the old trailer I hooked up the Battery Minder for a day once a month or so through the winter, I use it for the tractor too.
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With the old trailer I hooked up the Battery Minder for a day once a month or so through the winter, I use it for the tractor too.
This is really all you need, just so long as the battery is fully charged all is fine.
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The solar will also keep the batteries charged, even through some covers.
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