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Old 12-18-2018, 07:53 PM   #15
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With a 4 stage converter that has a desufation cycle, I have stored outside in Boise, ID for 11 years and the batteries are finally starting to show signs of capacity loss. It's my hunting/fishing camper that doesn't get used much since I no longer live there. They are AGM and my next batteries will be Fullriver 220-6 for the 7 year warranty just in case I don't get lucky again.
There are millions of vehicles that spend the winter outside in the northern states and do fine but if you want to pull them for piece of mind, by all means go for it.
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Old 12-19-2018, 10:11 AM   #16
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i bring my LiOn battery inside as it does not like 0C or below

i put my old Lead Acid battery inside the As in the winter to run any system i monitor
As I understand the BB specs...the BMS won't charge below 25*f, but being cold won't damage them.
Ours are in the AS @100%/13.45v, SFSG...If they get to 35% I'll plug in at 32*.

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Unfortunately I left my coach at the dealer for some cosmetic repairs (hail damage) for 3 months and they did not connect to shore power. My AGMs went flat and never recovered. I am waiting for Spring to buy new ones, Interstate has a special lower price for Airstream owners. Still, not ideal...
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Old 12-23-2018, 11:08 AM   #18
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Unfortunately I left my coach at the dealer for some cosmetic repairs (hail damage) for 3 months and they did not connect to shore power. My AGMs went flat and never recovered. I am waiting for Spring to buy new ones, Interstate has a special lower price for Airstream owners. Still, not ideal...
Must have been quite a parasitic draw on them.
Before getting lithium our Lifeline AGM's could go for an entire Winter, in the AS, with a full charge in November.

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One way is to put the trailer on a timer so that it has power for one to two hours per day.
That's what we do ... cheaper than the multi-stage charger at this point ...
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I did the same as Bill M. and mefly2 when I stored my trailer in an unheated shed. One thing I didn't see mentioned in these posts was the water level in the batteries. If this is up to the specified level at the beginning of the storage season and with the timer running relatively short periods, I wouldn't think more water would be needed - but a check on it a couple times may be a good idea.


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Hey Everyone,

I know there are a lot of threads about this already. I've been reading most of them the last 2 days. But I'm still a bit confused as there seems to be conflicting info. I'm wondering about the best battery procedure for cold weather storage? We live in MN, so Winters get cold. Our 2018 AS sport has been in the driveway, plugged into shore power for the last 2 months. I was planning on keeping it this way at least another 3 months. I was told and have read that people have been doing this for years with no problems and their batteries are fine. I've just recently been reading that that long term connection to shore power can hurt the batteries. There was one post here where someone mentions his battery exploded. Now I'm really freaked out and am confused about the best procedure. I just checked the batteries and they seem fine. Reading was 12.8 after disconnecting shore power. Any helpful comments would be greatly appreciated! Below are few of my questions.



Can I leave connect to shore power all Winter?



Could I leave batteries connected to trailer and plug into shore power once a week for a day? Will batteries discharge and freeze in less then a week?



If I decide to disconnect batteries and bring inside, is it safe after being connected for 2 months? (explosion post really scared me!)



Can I leave detached batteries in unheated garage connected to a battery tender?


Type of batteries matter. Lead-acid water filled batteries will freeze. If your AS has solar, then I believe it automatically comes with the upgraded AGM batteries that supposedly don’t have the same issues.

Additionally, apparently in 2018 AS upgraded the charge controller from a single to a multi stage (for solar applications).

Solar+multi-stage+AGM means the batteries should be “tended” without need to keep a really tight eye on them.

If you have the lead acid batteries, my primary concern would be freezing. If it doesn’t freeze but you’re connected to shore power, then I’m wondering how much juice the battery is *always* getting. Overcharging will shorten life.

So, being in MN where it’s bound to freeze, if lead acid, pull them. If AGM and connected to shore power, how much charge are they getting *all the time*? And I don’t even know if overcharging AGM batteries accelerates failures. If solar, then check to ensure you have the AGM batteries and a multi stage controller. And if solar... keep them free from snow if possible.
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I live in Texas where temps rarely drop below freezing for more than a few hours, but it does get hot. Damn hot. I have three big deep cycles in my boat and two in the 2010 27 FB Classic. I used to change them out on a two year preventative maintenance schedule and I have bumped that to three years. I never check water and have not added water to a battery since the 1980s. Everything stays on shore power when not in use and there is parasitic loads on all five batteries. Clean living, smart chargers and Wal-Mart are the key.
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