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Old 09-11-2019, 12:17 PM   #1
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Store battery or let solar charge

We own a 19' Escape equipped with solar. We live in Tucson. We plan to store the unit outside from October to May.

My question is, should we remove the batteries and bring them indoors where we can trickle charge them or just leave them in the Escape and let the solar keep them charged?

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Old 09-11-2019, 12:31 PM   #2
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Leave them installed, the solar will provide the little charging that would be needed.

This is what I do in the cold north too.

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Old 09-11-2019, 12:34 PM   #3
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I live in Austin and my trailer has been stored outside all summer - the solar panel keeps the batteries topped off nicely, no worries.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:03 PM   #4
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Ours has always been sitting outside not plugged in and the battery is always topped off nicely year round by the solar panel, there are a few times I left the trailer light on for a few days and that doesn't seem to have changed anything. I only plug it in before the trip to get the fridge to cool faster.

Our trailer gets about 1-2 hours of sun in the winter (a little more during the summer) sitting at the side yard w/ shade, I noticed even if I covered it the battery still gets charged somehow.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:21 PM   #5
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Battery ? with solar. If trailer with solar is stored inside with no power or sunlight, will the controller drain the batteries over time? My understanding is controller doesn't go through battery cut-off switch. thanks
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