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Old 09-23-2010, 10:53 AM   #11
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Since you say it is a maintainer.. hook it up right now and just leave it on..
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:47 PM   #12
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It's OK to set batteries on concrete now.
What makes it ok to set battrys on concrete NOW???
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:22 PM   #13
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What makes it ok to set battrys on concrete NOW???
I was wondering that too. Put it on boards if you wish to put it on your concrete.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:40 PM   #14
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Will storing a battery on concrete will discharge it quicker? No. Long ago, when battery cases were made out of natural rubber, this was true. Now, however, battery cases are made of polypropylene or other modern materials that allow a battery to be stored anywhere. A battery's rate of discharge is affected by its construction, its age, and the ambient temperature. The main issue with storing on concrete is that if the battery leaks, the concrete will be damaged.

http://www.trojanbattery.com/Tech-Support/FAQ.aspx

http://www.thebatteryterminal.com/Te...n_Concrete.htm

http://www.cartalk.com/content/colum...vember/06.html

Will storing my battery on concrete drain the charge? No. Regarding today's batteries, this is a myth. A battery placed on concrete will not discharge any faster, but a battery will discharge over a period of time wherever it is placed. If the battery has a surface layer of acid or grime which is conductive, the battery will self-discharge more rapidly than if it were clean and dry.
http://www.interstatebatteries.com/w...ce/storing.htm

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Old 09-27-2010, 10:29 AM   #15
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Good info on batteries is helpful. Too often we trash our batteries because of our ignorance.

Here's a site that has helped me understand batteries and proper charging.

http://www.marxrv.com/12volt/12volt.htm
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Good resources there .. thanks!
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Battery Charging / Tending

I left my 17Z in storage since August, checked the other day and the battery is dead. Two questions: 1 Will the battery recharge when I plug in the shore power cord before our next trip in October or do I need to pull it and put it on a charger? 2 Do you leave battery tenders constantly connected throughout the winter? Thanks.
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There are phantom loads in almost every RV.. always disconnect the battery when in storage.. yes you did damage to the battery.. you shortened its life.. dont worry about it for the time being...put it on a separate charger.. that is the best thing for it...oh when recharging from a dead state take the battery caps off if it has them.. and after charging make sure that the water is full in each cell.. NOTE... DISTILLED WATER ONLY.... YES leave the maintainer on all winter.. it maintains the battery... it will not boil it dry.
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I left my 17Z in storage since August, checked the other day and the battery is dead. Two questions: 1 Will the battery recharge when I plug in the shore power cord before our next trip in October or do I need to pull it and put it on a charger? 2 Do you leave battery tenders constantly connected throughout the winter? Thanks.
I removed my battery last week-end, added some distilled water, hooked up my battery tender. It took two days to fully charge my battery and will now stay hooked up until I re-install it. I will check the fluid level every so often.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:54 AM   #20
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Thanks Seann. I'll have to buy a charger/maintainer to get this thing going. I remember them telling me in my walk through to disconnect the battery when putting the unit in storage. I thought they meant winter storage, did not think it would drain down in a couple of months. Of course it makes sense since the stereo always has power, it must run from the battery.
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