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Old 11-02-2017, 12:52 PM   #1
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Battery Tender and or remove battery ??

Should I remove the battery from my 5th wheel for the winter or just put a tender on it ??
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Old 11-02-2017, 01:00 PM   #2
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Should I remove the battery from my 5th wheel for the winter or just put a tender on it ??
If you have a tinder that's the best option for battery life, IMHO. I get more than 5 years on my Harley battery as opposed to 2 at most before I started tindering. Same goes for my old riding lawn mower.

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Old 11-02-2017, 02:27 PM   #3
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Thanks. I use them on my bikes as well.
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another question . pros and cons to disconnect and remove...... versus just plugging trailer in and letting inverter charge battery once a week ??
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:37 PM   #5
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another question . pros and cons to disconnect and remove...... versus just plugging trailer in and letting inverter charge battery once a week ??
I have heard that just leaving the TT connected to a power source can cause the batteries to swell up and possibly ruptured. Any comments on this? Thanks.

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Old 11-07-2017, 05:56 PM   #6
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Most modern campers use a smart-charging converter which should drop to float voltage when appropriate. This means it should behave like a low voltage battery tender and not harm the batteries when left plugged in for an extended time. A fully charged and disconnected battery should have very little discharge and also be fine for months at any temp. IT won't freeze or burst unless you're dealing with wickedly cold temps like -50F or something.
http://www.trojanbattery.com/pdf/WP_...orage_0512.pdf
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Mines been plugged in 24/7 365 and after 3 years it's just fine.
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Mines been plugged in 24/7 365 and after 3 years it's just fine.
Do you deep cycle your battery occasionally?
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Do you deep cycle your battery occasionally?
I don't do anything to it but test it with my volt meter once a year.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:07 PM   #10
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I pull mine and hook it up to a tender in the garage. My theory is if itís sensitive to the elements, why let it sit when thereís an easy opportunity to protect it. I do the same with my TV. Itís all just part of my winterizing and spring fun.


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