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Old 10-05-2016, 01:03 PM   #11
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Ok good to know, should I disconnect and bring the battery inside during winter storage? We live in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
I put my batteries in the garage during the winter and connect a Deltran Battery Tender to keep them topped-off and happy.
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You can also install a disconnect switch; I put one on a battery box cover.
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Another possible phantom draw is the antenna amplifier if you accidentally left it on. It's easy to do.
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Old 10-05-2016, 01:59 PM   #14
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Another possible phantom draw is the antenna amplifier if you accidentally left it on. It's easy to do.
BTDT. It is easy to do!
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Another possible phantom draw is the antenna amplifier if you accidentally left it on. It's easy to do.
Do it ALL the time.
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As long as the battery is fully charged before you put it away you are better off leaving it out in the cold as the self discharge will be much slower than in a warmer environment. A charged battery won't freeze.

If you are planning on putting it on a battery tender or charger once in a while it is probably better off in your garage.

And yes a battery will run out of juice after a couple weeks due to the various constant draws of a travel trailer. I always chuckle when I pick up our trailer at the ever present beeping from other trailers due to dead batteries.

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It's a safety thing.

If your wrench contacts something grounded while disconnecting the negative lead, no sparks.
I use the screw post terminals and have a wing nut on the positive post so I can remove the leads without tools. Plus the battery compartment is plastic so nothing to contact to produce a short.
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I use the screw post terminals and have a wing nut on the positive post so I can remove the leads without tools. Plus the battery compartment is plastic so nothing to contact to produce a short.
It's just a carryover from automotive work. Where the battery is in the engine bay, the connectors are lumps of lead, the fasteners use a 1/2" wrench and there is grounded metal everywhere!

An excellent habit to get into was disconnect the ground lead first. (Positive on certain non-compliant manufacturers.)

When all of the surroundings are plastic, it doesn't matter which side you disconnect. Personally, I'd choose the side with the fewest wires to have to reconnect.
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Personally, I'd choose the side with the fewest wires to have to reconnect.
That's why I do the negative first. And I also use wing nuts on my battery leads so I don't have to go hunting for a wrench every time I remove it for storage. Fewer wires (just one) equals less arcing equals better for everything/everyone. Of course, it would probably be better to have a disconnect (kind of the same concept of flipping the breaker before you plug in shore power), but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I will probably add one when I upgrade my battery bank.
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