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Old 10-24-2013, 08:40 AM   #11
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I live in Northern Ontario and it does get quite cold here. Sometimes -30*C. Am I still OK to leave the battery on the trailer and keep shore power connected?
My vote is yes. Especially with the newer style staged converter/chargers. That said, if the trailer is where you can monitor it I would plug a light duty extension cord into a trailer receptacle, hang the end near a window and plug in an LED night light. That way you can monitor that the AC power remains on. If the battery loses charge it can freeze and ruin the battery. If you lose AC power the propane detector can drain drain your battery power down. Without an indicator light you will have no clue that the AC power was off and not charging.

An indicator light doesn't monitor the charger, but it is cheap, easy, and better than nothin'. vic
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I have always closed the camper up tight and put in a storage shed...never left a vent open or used anything else.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:02 PM   #13
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We use an old dehumidifier and keep our bathroom vent cracked open a bit. After 3 years trailer still smells new. We dump out about a quart of water every 2-3 weeks.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:28 PM   #14
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Your 2014 should have a good built in battery tender. You do not mention where you live. If you live where it gets really cold, I would bring the battery in so it cannot freeze.
Never thought about the battery freezing... I plan on using my TT through the winter in NH. It gets pretty cold and snowy, is this going to be a problem for me?
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:12 AM   #15
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Never thought about the battery freezing... I plan on using my TT through the winter in NH. It gets pretty cold and snowy, is this going to be a problem for me?
A charged battery won't freeze unless it is extremely cold because the acid concentration in the electrolyte remains high. The problems begin when the battery isn't charged.

Do you have shore power to keep the converter/charger working? That will keep the battery up.

You don't want any 12 volt loads left on. If you lose shore power then any 12 volt loads will kill your battery that much quicker. Any time you draw your battery(s) down below 50% charge you reduce the service life of the battery unnecessarily.

Even with shore power charging I would consider disconnecting the propane leak detector when gone for extended periods of time. The propane leak detector is a constant drain. Some people install a main battery disconnect switch. If you do that you need to provide some way to keep the charger (or a charger) connected though.

Another thing to double check is to make certain that the TV antenna amplifier is switched off. Most which I've seen don't have an indicator light for "on" mode. The only clue is the switch position.

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I should clarify my comment.
"That works in my area of the northeast because it gets pretty dry in winter."

We get lots of rain and snow over the winter too, but during the colder time of the winter ( 0F and lower range) it is amazing how much things dry out. The frigid air seems to suck the moisture out over time. As long as there is no water intrusion, boats and trailers in storage here dry out over the winter. That may not be true if the area temperatures don't get as low as ours do.

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People leave their trailers here in Az for the hot dry summer. A good coating of furniture oil on the wood and several jugs of water seems to keep things together.
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People leave their trailers here in Az for the hot dry summer. A good coating of furniture oil on the wood and several jugs of water seems to keep things together.
It certainly doesn't get that dry over winter here in Niagara Falls, NY. The really cold temperatures do dry things out, but then our wet Spring brings levels back to more normal again. Any wet core areas in boats which are opened up for the winter will be dried out come Spring as long as they are properly protected from water intrusion.

Things don't end up so dry as to need extra jugs of moisture as you describe. Wow. That's the other end of the spectrum from us. As I said, different areas will have different storage issues. vic
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It certainly doesn't get that dry over winter here in Niagara Falls, NY. The really cold temperatures do dry things out, but then our wet Spring brings levels back to more normal again. Any wet core areas in boats which are opened up for the winter will be dried out come Spring as long as they are properly protected from water intrusion.

Things don't end up so dry as to need extra jugs of moisture as you describe. Wow. That's the other end of the spectrum from us. As I said, different areas will have different storage issues. vic
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Keeping the battery connected has not been a problem for me with my smart mode converter/charger on-board system. I would do a scheduled check however for battery fluids. Some on the older single mode converter/chargers may boil out your battery fluids over time... I have two trailers connected to my house garage separate 120VAC receptacle 20AMPS circuits using 10-gauge 50-foot HD extension cords when not on the road.

A charged up battery will standup to very low temperatures if fully charged.

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Keeping the battery connected has not been a problem for me with my smart mode converter/charger on-board system. I would do a scheduled check however for battery fluids. Some on the older single mode converter/chargers may boil out your battery fluids over time... I have two trailers connected to my house garage separate 120VAC receptacle 20AMPS circuits using 10-gauge 50-foot HD extension cords when not on the road.

A charged up battery will standup to very low temperatures if fully charged.

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Thanks Roy, I think I should be ok then as the trailer and battery are brand new. With my old trailer I would take the battery off and put in on a tender in the garage, but with the new trailer we are attempting winter camping. I am going to test out using water over the winter but plan to winterize at the end of every weekend. I winterized yesterday using 1 and 1/2 gallons and only about 10/15 min. Hoping to get it down to less antifreeze and less time. The time is waiting for the water system to drain. This winter camping will be a new learning experience for sure. We will be in the lakes region of NH near lake ossipie.
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