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Old 03-05-2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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setting up after winter....battery

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This was my first winter with my new to me travel trailer. I removed the battery in the fall and have had it on a table in my basement all winter. How can I get it going again? Can I jump start it by hooking up jumpers cables to my tow vehicle's battery? Will it charge if the TT is hooked up to shore power?
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:41 PM   #2
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It should charge when the TT is hooked to shore power. Probably wouldn't hurt to buy a smart charger to plug it in to once in awhile off-season. I have a CTEK 7002 that I use on a few things including my trailer battery when it's being stored in the garage...
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:50 PM   #3
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A $30 battery tender hooked to the battery over the winter will keep it ready to go when you're ready. Also good to have year round if your trailer sits a while between use.
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Another vote for a Battery Tender. The battery in our Gold Wing was 8 years old when I replaced it and I had always kept it on a tender when not riding. The old battery was still good but we were going on a long trip so I replaced it just for peace of mind. The tender will help prevent sulfation which is a battery killer.
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I worry about leaving something plugged in all the time like that.
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Don't worry be happy! It is safe to leave the TT or things plugged in. If it would be a hazard it would be pulled of the market.
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When you are storing the battery for the winter, you need to check on it regularly and charge if necessary or use a battery tender on it. If you allow the battery to deplete it's charge and stay dead, it will sulphate the battery rendering it useless and you will end up buying a new battery. I have a smart charger that I use to keep my batteries charged.
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When you are storing the battery for the winter, you need to check on it regularly and charge if necessary or use a battery tender on it. If you allow the battery to deplete it's charge and stay dead, it will sulphate the battery rendering it useless and you will end up buying a new battery. I have a smart charger that I use to keep my batteries charged.
Oh geez....I hope it's not too late
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I usually store mine inside and just put it on a 2 amp charge for a couple of days to bring it up to a full charge before I reinstall it in the camper.
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My battery was brand new and has been sitting in my basement up on a table dead since late November. I hope it's not ruined. I just got a portable battery charger and hooked it up. I hope it charges.
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