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Old 10-27-2009, 10:04 PM   #15
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Have Solar panels?

Ah, great, timely thread. My Airstream has a solar panel that I keep out and allow the batteries to be charged. We have alot of sunshine here in Albuquerque. Can I leave the batteries in the Airstream and the solar charger working all winter?

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Old 10-27-2009, 11:03 PM   #16
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A charged battery cannot freeze. You might want to make sure your battery (1 or 2?) is taking a full charge. See -- I test the battery without the cables attached. I would check in on everything every few weeks... for our favorite coaches!


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Old 10-27-2009, 11:14 PM   #17
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Well I'm from old school. I take mine out,take em down the basement,put em on a board like my daddy taught me. Then I do a little of today's technology and attach a trickle charger. They look good so far. Two seasons old ,we will assess the effectiveness of this type of program say in 5 yrs if they last that long.Time will tell. I do take out batteries of my yard equipment also,they get the same treatment. I have yard tractor batteries that are 5 yrs old,most only last two.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:27 AM   #18
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Good ole David Tidmore set ours up with OPTIMA batteries four or five years back and ever since we've pulled ours out during the Winter "down time", put them in our garage and hooked them up full time to those little inexpensive trickle chargers we purchased at Walmart. The batteries are still holding close to a max charge and we're happy with our Winter storage proceedure and our Optima choice for battery power. Good luck.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:41 AM   #19
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One tip, if you are a new owner. If you have dual batteries snap a picture of the hookup before you take them out for the winter. Next spring it will be a snap for re-installing them.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:08 AM   #20
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I just got in from the garage where I store ours over the winter - on a piece of scrap wood, and I use a common battery charger set to trickle-charge (2 amps) for deep cycle batteries once a month to keep the charge 'topped up'.
Battery number one is drinking in some current now and I'll go out at lunch and give number two the same treatment.

The suggestion about the picture is a great one - I've been using the camera on my iPhone for stuff like that on our AS a lot and it really helps.

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