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Old 04-24-2011, 09:32 AM   #1
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Storing Trailer Without Batteries

Can any harm come to any trailer system by removing the batteries for a couple of months' storage? The batteries will be stored at the house with a trickle charger and checked often.

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I do that every winter. It will be fine.

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Old 04-24-2011, 09:49 AM   #3
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That's the best way to do it...your batteries will have a longer service live, and you'll have the opportunity to see that the connections are clean and tight each 'season'...
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Thats the way I have been doing it since we have had the trailer. I take them down the basement and put them on a board(optional) and put the trickel charge on them. These Batteries are now (not sure) 3 or 4 years old and no problems. I check them once a month for water when they are in the trailer. I am still using the old charging system that came in the trailer in 1977. Although I would like to rebuild that charger because of a hum that Im getting in the radio. I am sure the filter capaiators are about shot. I have not been able to come up with a schematic for it yet,no one seems to have one.
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This is the best way to store them during the off season. You might want to avoid setting them on concrete. I did that one year and it discolored the concrete where they were sitting.
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Thank you all for the reassurance.

I keep them on a handcart with a woodden base in the garage and connected in parallel. Trickle charger with pos lead on one battery and neg on the other.
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Discolored the concrete? That should not happen with modern battery cases.

Trickle charge is fifty year old technology for battery maintenance. Use a modern battery maintainer that will maintain a full charge yet avoid plate corrosion and will also implement a sulfation inhibiting technique.

If you use a modern converter in your rig such as the WFCO or the Intellipower with chargewizard, you should not need to do more than make sure the rig is plugged in when not in use and check electrolyte levels every six months or so.

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