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Old 10-15-2016, 09:45 PM   #1
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Should I turn off the electrical system?

Hi, Everybody:

We picked up our new trailer this spring and went out on quite a few camping trips. Now I have winterized the trailer according to the manual (dry method). The only issues were finding a 1 1/16 inch socket to remove the anode in the hot water tank and finding some source of compressed air to blow out the system. Anyway, that's all done.

My question is: should I turn off the electrical system for the winter? We live in the central Okanagan Valley in BC, The winters here are not very cold (by Cdn standards), maybe a few lows of -10 or -15 C. I don't want to remove the batteries if that can be avoided. We do have a solar panel so that would charge the batteries if there was any sun.

Thanks for any help,

Cheers,

Phil
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:33 PM   #2
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Hi Phil, you will get lots of opinions. Were it mine, I would use the disconnect switch, which isolates the batteries from the rest of the trailer, but leaves them connected to the solar. I would also check the water in the batteries once a month or so.
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Hi Phil, you will get lots of opinions. Were it mine, I would use the disconnect switch, which isolates the batteries from the rest of the trailer, but leaves them connected to the solar. I would also check the water in the batteries once a month or so.
I agree. By springtime, you can simply pack up the trailer and go. The batteries will have been maintained by the solar panel.

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I use the procedure described by Eric in his post above. I use a turkey baster to add distilled water to the batteries if they need it. No, I do not used the same baster on my turkey at Thanksgiving. The solar works well year around to keep the batteries charged.
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Were it mine, I would use the disconnect switch, which isolates the batteries from the rest of the trailer, but leaves them connected to the solar. I would also check the water in the batteries once a month or so.
Another vote for this approach... but if you need to add water after only a month or two of storage with a solar panel maintaining charge, something is wrong.
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Wow, everyone agrees with Eric, me too.
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:17 AM   #8
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Wow, everyone agrees with Eric, me too.
Hi: padlin... ME TOO... ME TOO!!! Alf
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Is probably adequate to top off the water in your batteries when winterizing, and then again in the spring when getting ready for camping again. That is what I have done and levels never drop significantly over the winter. Is good to also shutoff the master power disconnect switch.
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Old 10-16-2016, 10:26 AM   #10
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We picked up our new 5.0TA on 8-19-16. Survived 3 days/nights in Whistler Nat Park outside of Jasper with nothing but our parking spot. Two weeks later on a stop in Minnesota, I took a look at the batteries. There was "battery corrosion" around all of the battery caps, I cleaned it off. Two weeks later, at home, more of this material; is this normal? (I am not an "electrician".)
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