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4x4ord

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Posted: 10/09/18 09:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have 4 new 6 volt batteries in my 5ver. I plugged the trailer in about a month ago and it has been plugged in ever since. I have a Xantrex Freedom 458 Inverter charger that is keeping the batteries at full charge. What is the healthier way for me to store these batteries? Am I better off to leave it plugged in or should I remove the batteries for the winter?


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Posted: 10/09/18 09:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I leave mine charging all the time.

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I don't know what brand of batteries you have but I have 4 lifeline AGM batteries. When I bought them, I had the same concern. They told me to disconnect them and leave them in my camper. As long as they are fully charged when disconnected, they won't freeze and will lose 1%-2% charge over the winter months. If you have another brand or wet cell batteries, refer to what the manufacturer suggests.

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fully charge, and disconnect. Leave them in the RV.


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IF....there is another reason to keep the shore power active....AND.....your Xantrex really DOES drop to a "float" voltage (about 13.2) or automatically disconnect itself as needed.....
Then leave it plugged in and don't worry about it.
If they are conventional wet cells, check the electrolyte level every 6 weeks or so.

The other replies are all correct too but no need to make it more complicated than it needs to be.


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My experience is that no matter how smart the charger, it will evap a wet cell battery over time if left connected 24/7/365.


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Leaving them in the trailer disconnected makes sense to me. They are Costco wet cell batteries.

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Super_Dave wrote:

My experience is that no matter how smart the charger, it will evap a wet cell battery over time if left connected 24/7/365.

If you ignore it yes, not if you keep a check on things.

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Super_Dave wrote:

My experience is that no matter how smart the charger, it will evap a wet cell battery over time if left connected 24/7/365.


And thats why you need to keep an eye on water levels especially in summer months. Leave it plugged in...


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4x4ord wrote:

Leaving them in the trailer disconnected makes sense to me. They are Costco wet cell batteries.


Then when you want to use your trailer batteries are not at full capacity. I leave mine plugged all the time and check water levels a couple of times in summer months. Winter not so much.

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