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Old 04-05-2019, 07:25 PM   #1
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storage-best way charge batteries

We are storing our 5th wheel in a completely enclosed storage unit with access to electricity. Would like to know how others charge their two 12 volt batteries while in storage. Iíve been told different ways by RVers:

Use trickle charger? Do the batteries need to be taken out of RV when using trickle charger? And is it better to disconnect the battery leads when using the trickle charger?

Hook up RV directly to 110 just as if you had it in your driveway.
Is it best to turn breakers off when leaving in storage while charging?

Or if there is a better way please share.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:44 PM   #2
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If you have a surge protector, I donít see any reason to not plug it in directly.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:49 PM   #3
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Yep just plug it in and let the converter take care of it. Just make sure your water is topped off in the batteries.
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I prefer to use a BatteryMinder brand charger/maintainer during storage, usually the 1.5amp version works great. Since you have 2 batteries, you can get the Y connector to hook both batteries up to one charger. I use these on the TT & boat with 4 batteries.
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If it's a late model RV, plug it in and let the converter charger maintain the batteries. No hassle needed.

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Old 04-06-2019, 09:48 AM   #6
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I use a tiny solar panel to keep my battery fully charged in storage. A small trickle charger would be good too.

Why power up an expensive converter to trickle charge a battery.
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