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Old 03-02-2015, 10:58 AM   #15
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It's been my experience that unless an Airstream owner has replaced the factory provided charger with a multi-stage charger and then installed brand new batteries, the batteries in the coach will not be in good health. By asking the original question, I presumed that the OP was a "battery newbie" and had not changed his charger and thus my advice about checking/charging the batteries during the winter. It's all about the context.
I certainly do agree with your statement Bob. The original batteries are nothing to brag about to begin with, and the charging system is poor. In addition, if a trailer has sat on a sales lot very long, the batteries are often damaged by lack of charge and demo usage. So, the owner of a new trailer pretty commonly has battery problems the day they take delivery. Then often the new owner does not take care of the batteries either, and goes into a winter storage condition with pre-abused batteries. They go downhill from there.

As I noted above, I will have more (and I hope interesting) data to report in another month about battery storage, states of charge and so on.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:43 AM   #16
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There is no issue with placing ANY battery on concrete. This old saw is now relegated to the 'old wives tale' section.

This might have been an issue many, many years ago before the proliferation of poly cases in the battery industry.

And as far as anything else on this thread........I'll reserve comment !


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Old 03-02-2015, 11:51 AM   #17
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BTW,

There is no issue with placing ANY battery on concrete. This old saw is now relegated to the 'old wives tale' section.

This might have been an issue many, many years ago before the proliferation of poly cases in the battery industry.

And as far as anything else on this thread........I'll reserve comment !


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Agree no issue on concrete - except with the Federal Government EPA and OSHA. When batteries are stored outside their original intent, ie in the AS car etc. They must be placed in a non corrosive containment vessel, ie a plastic pallet with sides on it so if there is a battery spill it is contained within the vessel and does not leak onto the concrete floor, eat through the floor and into the ground water supply. Again back to my days of running a golf car company we were inspected by both Federal agencies on a regular basis because we handled hazardous materials - 12v-6v and 8v batteries.

Knowing the feds it probably covers homes as well. Mine are stored on a work bench and plugged into trickle.
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I have one Interstate Deep Cycle RV battery on a trickle charger. My nephew loves to come over and dry camp even with temperatures in the teens. Haven't had a problem yet.
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