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Old 08-11-2014, 09:06 AM   #1
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Hello All :) (And a question)

Hi all- I'm sure that I'm going to have a ton of questions here and I just want to thank you in advance. I am a first time RV owner but have been an avid camper for years. I just purchased a 2012 Aspen Trail 2810 bhs 2 days ago and its perfect for my family. We have been using a pretty simple tent trailer for the last several years and our new family member is obviously much more complex.

My first question is about the battery. I know that previously, when storing my tent trailer, I would disconnect the battery- is it that simple with the Aspen Trail?

Thanks so much- I'm happy to be a part of this community.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:53 AM   #2
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Hi all- I'm sure that I'm going to have a ton of questions here and I just want to thank you in advance. I am a first time RV owner but have been an avid camper for years. I just purchased a 2012 Aspen Trail 2810 bhs 2 days ago and its perfect for my family. We have been using a pretty simple tent trailer for the last several years and our new family member is obviously much more complex.

My first question is about the battery. I know that previously, when storing my tent trailer, I would disconnect the battery- is it that simple with the Aspen Trail?

Thanks so much- I'm happy to be a part of this community.
Hi and welcome!

Depends on where your battery is located. I put a disconnect on mine. On my Coleman it is on the front hitch area so not too hard to get to. I installed an RV plug at my parking pad at home, so I don't always disconnect unless the trailer is going to be parked for a longer period of time.

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Old 08-11-2014, 06:39 PM   #3
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On my previous TT I would disconnect the negative terminal from the battery. A pain, but never had to worry about the LP gas monitor slowly draining my battery between trips. My new Kodiak came with a battery disconnect switch...loving the option.
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:36 PM   #4
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Yes the carbon monoxide monitor will drain your battery. You need to install a cut off switch or disconnect the - cable when you park it. Just ask my brother. He parks his TT at my place & forgot to disconnect his battery. I needed to get my battery charger out so he could use his electric jack. When we turned on the charger first thing from inside his TT we heard was the CO monitor beep for a second.

Another thing you can do is buy a solar charger. They make some small ones that work well that you just clip onto the posts. If in your yard or a safe place kept that should also work.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:01 PM   #5
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Thanks so much- I'll just pick up a battery disconnect switch before winter storage.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:16 PM   #6
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Thanks so much- I'll just pick up a battery disconnect switch before winter storage.
Be careful with a disconnect switch up in Calgary. If you're disconnected over a long period (winter in Calgary) and the battery goes dead it will freeze and damage the battery. For winterizing it's better to remove the battery and store out of the weather or make sure you keep it charged.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:09 AM   #7
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:59 AM   #8
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I'm thinking the best option, as wahoonc said, is to install a 30 or 50 amp outlet where you park it. The power supply does a good job of keeping it trickle charged, while you can run lights and AC. You don't mention if storage is at your home or some distant location. If it is remotely located, you might consider bringing your battery home during extended (over one month) parkings, and trickle charge your battery on the bench at home.
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