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Old 12-07-2012, 08:31 AM   #31
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x2= Quahog is plugged in 24/7 unless in motion
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:53 PM   #32
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On the same general vein, I wonder if hooking up and pulling a few inches forward, after the trailer has been sitting for weeks, is good to do to have the weight on a different place on the wheels.

We are not removing the batteries but expect to go out sometime during winter. Our batteries are still reading 12.66.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:08 PM   #33
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Hi: All...Our trailer remains unplugged through all "Fibernation" season. With the battery kill switch shut off there's no draw and so far we're still on the original battery from '07. It never gets completely discharged. Alf
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:29 PM   #34
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I don't plug mine in over the winter, but rely on the solar panel to keep the batteries topped off. The interesting thing is it does this through the Escape brand trailer cover. Only supplies a trickle, but that is all it needs....
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:55 PM   #35
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That would definitely be a plus for solar. Heck, even if you didn't have it permanent, a small panel, though with a decent controller, would suffice.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:09 PM   #36
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Our trailer is in our barn where it is warmer than outside I pour antifreeze in the sink traps and toilet. I plug it in several times during the winter to keep battery charged.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:37 PM   #37
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I was told by a Dexter rep that turning the wheels at least once a winter is very good for the bearings -- redistributes the grease and the stress. I have a floor jack; I just raise one side and then the other half way thru winter and give the wheels a spin.

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Bruce, thank you. We don't have a floor jack but we have a ramp for dual axles to put one tire up while changing the other one. We can spin the wheels using that. We want to make sure though that the exact place the tires were sitting is changed because of the stress you mention. I never thought about spinning the wheels. Guess that gets the grease moving!
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I was told by a Dexter rep that turning the wheels at least once a winter is very good for the bearings -- redistributes the grease and the stress. I have a floor jack; I just raise one side and then the other half way thru winter and give the wheels a spin.

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Do you raise both wheels at once with your jack? Where is your lift point? thanx
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:30 PM   #40
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Reace said on the frame, either just in front or behind the axles, is good. With a fat slab of wood under my floor jack I can get both wheels on one side up at the same time. I go just in front. I use a bit of masking tape on the edge of the rims to mark the starting low point, just to make sure it ends on top when I'm done spinning. Don't forget to raise the corner stabilizers first!

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