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Old 12-14-2008, 12:34 PM   #1
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Batteries Left in Camper in winter

I park my Airstream in lower Delaware in the winter. I plan to install charged batteries in the trailer at the end of December. Will they discharge by the middle of January? There is no electrical hookup where the camper is stored. Thanks, LCP
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:48 PM   #2
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This shouldn't be a big problem - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...tml#post644132. Also scroll up to the voltage chart posted by nickcrowhurst.

You'll be towing or taking it to somewhere with an electric hookup then?

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Battery discharge is a function of time and temperature. If you are only leaving the trailer for a couple of months, and they were fully charged, it will most likely be OK. If how ever you are talking 3 or 4 months, and they are the colder months, then I would suggest removing the batteries and getting them inside.

If you are leaving them make sure to turn off the battery kill switch as the gas detector, tv amp., and the converters with a battery minder may still be on and drawing small amounts of current that will take it's toll.
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I too think you will probably be Ok for just a couple of weeks but why not store them in a garage or somewhere they can stay warm until you use them? Cold batteries self discharge faster.
Also, if you are buying new batteries, they should be charged but don't assume that. Make sure they are fully charged or don't buy them. If they set on the dealer shelf for a few months, they need charged.
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I also am planning on leaving my lifeline battery in this winter as I go in and pittle around here and there. I have electric to plug in to keep a full charge but will the extended freezing temps hurt it. Thanks Robert
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I also am planning on leaving my lifeline battery in this winter as I go in and pittle around here and there. I have electric to plug in to keep a full charge but will the extended freezing temps hurt it. Thanks Robert
Not likely to hurt the batteries if they are on a charger. Millions of car batteries will make through the winter if they are charged. Warm is better but not always practical. Keep them charged and you should be fine.
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