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Old 10-30-2019, 07:54 AM   #1
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Time to discharge in storage

We just put our 2018 21 with dual 6v and solar in offsite storage for the winter as we moved and can't keep it at our new house. I covered the trailer with the classic cover from escape but forgot to turn off the master power switch. I think the light on the propane sensor is the only thing on in the trailer, how fast will that drain the batteries? I want to figure out how soon I need to go turn the switch off as it is ~30 minutes away.
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:25 AM   #2
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Some say solar is still working with the cover But I think you are good for at least 1 month. Be sure to go there before the temperature drop below -10 C just in case to prevent frozen battery.
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:31 PM   #3
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Just went out and checked. With the propane detector hooked up I have a .2 amp load. That'd be just the detector, the little lights on the USB outlets, and the solar/power monitor display. With the propane detector disconnected I have a .1 amp load. The monitor only shows down to tenths. Works out to roughly 4 amps a day although I'd disconnect the propane detector to halve that. Keeping to the 50% rule and using 4 amps a day, I could go 28 days before hitting 50%. The way these things charge off the converter I'd leave it on to charge for a good 24 hrs each month if not sooner.

FWIW, with my cover on the trailer I get enough power from the 160w panel to cover this, if I were to need such. Forget it if it snows.
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Of course, if you don't have a way to charge the batteries at the storage yard then you probably want to go turn off the master switch as soon as you conveniently can before they get run halfway down.
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:32 PM   #5
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I store my trailer at home under the cover Escape sells. We get lots of snow so I can't rely on solar. Is it okay to just leave it plugged in all winter?
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I don't see a need to have detectors or other parasitic drains operable while my trailer is in storage. I simply cut all power to those devices.
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I don't see a need to have detectors or other parasitic drains operable while my trailer is in storage. I simply cut all power to those devices.
Me too. I even take the battery out of the smoke detector. Disposable batteries don't do well when they freeze. I use the battery in a flashlight at home over the winter. Since Ten Forward is in a storage yard, no one would hear the smoke detector anyway...
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I store my trailer at home under the cover Escape sells. We get lots of snow so I can't rely on solar. Is it okay to just leave it plugged in all winter?
Sure can. Can also check the fluid, fully charge, then turn off the 12vdc disconnect switch if you have one. You need to try and keep the battery/ies fully charged if it gets real cold in storage.
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