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Old 10-03-2016, 04:31 PM   #1
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Battery Lifting Strap

Just got done putting the trailer to bed for the winter in covered storage without power. Since we can still get the occasional cold snap being on the fringe of the Alaska Banana Belt I pull the dual six volts and put them on the battery tender in the heated garage.

Using the battery lifting strap, makes it a lot easier getting those interstate six volts out of the box in the rear bench. In the past we used our bike tie down straps, this is much easier, and only seven bucks. https://www.amazon.com/EZGO-609628-B.../dp/B00699WCUM

Time to mulch the leaves, wax the skis and put studs on the fat bike. Woo Hoo!, winter cometh. Scott

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Old 10-03-2016, 07:08 PM   #2
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Thanks so much for the link...the picture finally explained to me what the strap I have hanging on a nail in my shed is for!!!! I had been thinking of going out to buy a battery strap...and here I had one all along.
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Old 10-03-2016, 10:25 PM   #3
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Just got done putting the trailer to bed for the winter in covered storage without power. Since we can still get the occasional cold snap being on the fringe of the Alaska Banana Belt I pull the dual six volts and put them on the battery tender in the heated garage.



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Maybe a dumm question, but why and for what reason do the batteries need to be pulled?
Would like advice on this, as this will be our trailer's first "hibernation".
(Planning on storing it in a cold garage in maybe even colder then Alaska temperatures)
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Maybe a dumm question, but why and for what reason do the batteries need to be pulled?
Would like advice on this, as this will be our trailer's first "hibernation".
(Planning on storing it in a cold garage in maybe even colder then Alaska temperatures)
Our covered storage does not have power available to leave the trailer plugged in all winter. On our previous truck camper I was replacing the deep cycle batteries every other year after leaving them in the camper all winter, October thru late April. Given a low enough temperature deep cycle batteries can freeze. When I started putting the batteries indoors on a battery tender I had better longevity.

If you have power available, just leave it plugged in. Scott

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I used to pull the batteries, but since they started to get heavier, I stopped the practice.

To leave them in the trailer when it's freezing out, you have to keep them fully charged. But then I don't live in AK. A 100 percent fully charged battery will not freeze until approximately minus 76 degrees F. So says Google.

As my trailer is covered and parked at home, I top off the water, and throw the disconnect after they are 100% charged. Periodically hook up power to the trailer and let the converter/charger do it's thing.

If I were leaving the trailer in a storage yard, I'd be inclined to pull them and the LPG. As much for theft prevention as charging convenience.

If I lived in colder then AK temps, and it was getting to -76F I'd move, but you can pull them. Better yet, have someone else pull them. If the garage has power, leave it hooked up so the converter can take care of it. Do check/fill the batteries a couple times a year.
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Thank you both for the info!!!
First killing night frost on its way: -7C for tomorrow night in the forecast. Maybe we should move.....
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