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Old 12-06-2015, 08:55 AM   #1
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Battery disconnect in Eagle HT 29.5

We have a 2011 Eagle HT 26.5 fifth wheel and changed to 2 6 volt batteries. Does anyone disconnect the batteries for wintertime storage and if so how?

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Old 12-06-2015, 09:36 AM   #2
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It is best to REMOVE both batteries and store them in an area that does not see freezing temps. Either a heated garage or other area. I also have a trickle charger / battery minder device that I put on my batteries for a few weeks every month to keep the battery healthy.

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Old 12-06-2015, 12:16 PM   #3
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You can leave the batteries in the 5er, but you need to make sure that the batteries are full of water (top off the battery water prior to the final charge) and FULLY charged when you disconnect the cables. I checked your weather for Puyallup Wa (I hope that is where you are), and your winters are rather mild compared to a lot of the other locations. Disconnecting and leaving your batteries in the 5er should be just fine. I always removed all the cables from the battery(s). Tagging all the Negative cables and tagging the Positive ones, makes it a lot easier and less confusing come spring. In cold weather the % of battery discharge is greatly reduced, so leaving them is not an issue.

This is one of those subjects that has a lot of followers with different beliefs. I can only tell you what we did up north at the Illinois/Wisconsin line.


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Old 12-06-2015, 12:27 PM   #4
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Keep in mind if the batteries are fully charged the fluids will not freeze up on you with temps around ZERO degrees or so... I forget what the freezing temps are for charged batteries but it is pretty far down the scale...

Busted battery cases only occurs when the batteries are dead and still has fluids inside them that will then freeze up on you....

Google FREEZING BATTERIES for more info...

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Old 12-06-2015, 02:02 PM   #5
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I take my battery out and store in my basement on my workbench every winter
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