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Old 10-21-2015, 11:13 AM   #1
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Solar Battery Tender - Maintainer

I am looking to buy a solar battery maintainer for my trailer while it is storage. I currently have two 6v GC batteries in series. I think Battery Tender has a good reputation so I found the following. I will need to have this mounted outside, and I am not ready to mount anything permanent. Generally I am looking for something cheap to maintain my batteries over the winter.Thanks for any help.

Amazon.com: Battery Tender 15-Watt Solar Panel With Built-in Controller - 021-1165: Automotive

http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender...battery+tender
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:06 PM   #2
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Since you are going to have shore power, why not just leave the TT plugged in and let the TT's battery charge controller care for the batteries. The TT has a smart charge in it and will keep them topped off (13.2VDC).

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I am not going to have shore power. It will be in a storage yard.
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I am not going to have shore power. It will be in a storage yard.
Unquestionably, you have to do something.

A solar tender is a good idea. But keeping the batteries in the garage, on a 120VAC tender would be better.
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Unquestionably, you have to do something.

A solar tender is a good idea. But keeping the batteries in the garage, on a 120VAC tender would be better.
I see what you are saying. It is a real pain to move the batteries around for my trailer. Sometimes I will just go get the trailer and head out. Having to run by my house each time to get the batteries and install them every time isn't what I want to do. I would rather find a small cheap solar battery maintainer I can leave at the storage mounted on the battery boxes is really what I would like to find.
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You can get a solar panel for around 20 dollars that will do the job for you. Google it in and take your pick.
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I agree Battery Tender has a good reputation. I use a 120v AC version on mine, but I do pull the batteries each time it goes to storage.

If you could secure the solar tender I would think it would work well.
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I bought the off brand one from Harbour Freight. I know that it works, because I have one on another vehicle parked outside. It allows the battery to stay charged about a week and a half longer than normal...the RV still pulls to much juice for this little panel to keep the battery charged.

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I would go with the larger one of the 2 you are looking at..
pull the fuse so there is no parasitic load on the batteries as it is winter and less hours of sun.
if you can raise the TV batwing and zip tie the panel to the support rods FACING South so it will get the most hours of sunshine and NOT be covered over with sn*w.
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Here is where I mounted mine. I put together a contraption that slides over the jack and has a side benefit of shading the electric motor.

Not the best photo and I realize I just have this one that was taken right before I mounted the actual panel. It is basically a rebar stand that slides into two short pipe pieces I have strapped to the jack. The hole thing lifts off. I used a 40w panel from northern tool.

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