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Old 10-08-2015, 05:26 PM   #1
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winter battery storage

I've never taken out the battery before storing our popup before, and of course it was always dead when I got it out of storage and I'd have to charge it up. This year i have learned better and will be removing the battery and keeping it in the basement (garage not heated). Question, do I need to keep it connected to a trickle charger through the winter?
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:10 PM   #2
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Personally I would never keep something like that in my basement hooked up to a charger but that's just me.I know it's only a trickle charger and the chances of it failing are slim but being a fire fighter for almost 20 years now I am very particular about a lot of things to keep us safe in the house.I leave my battery in my trailer but it's plugged in year round.Leaving it in your garage on a piece of wood and not the concrete hooked up to a charger should be fine.
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:15 PM   #3
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setting a battery on concrete in your garage will not harm it in any way
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:28 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'm inclined to heed that good advice; but living in Minnesota, if I keep it in the garage, do I need to worry about the battery freezing?
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:59 PM   #5
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I'm in Minnesota too. I bring mine into the basement, and evert few months I put it on the trickle charger.
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Old 10-14-2015, 02:19 PM   #6
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I keep the battery from my camper, plus two from my boat in my basement on the concrete floor. I've done this for years without any ill effect. I only connect them to a charger for a few days before using them for the first time in the spring. The camper battery is on a smart charger all summer.

My basement floor is under no risk of flooding... if it were, I would probably store the batteries on a shelf, and not on the floor.
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I am in Calgary Alberta and I never remove my battery from the trailer. I just disconnect it and leave it for the winter. As long as it is charged it will not freeze and the self discharge is slow enough that it will still be relatively full after a few months. Ours sat for 7 months last year and was fine come spring.
Probably not ideal for maximum battery life but it is easy!
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Minnesota here too, I leave my batteries in the garage I use Battery Tender on them all winter. As long as they are on a charger they won't freeze either.
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I bring my battery into my basement.
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Thanks, I'm inclined to heed that good advice; but living in Minnesota, if I keep it in the garage, do I need to worry about the battery freezing?
NOT if you keep it on a trickle charger... a charged battery will not freeze and a trickle charger will not cause gassing.
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