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Taxman2436

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Posted: 07/11/20 08:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am a newbie and thanks to you folks have been doing well so far with your advice. I purchased my TT in February and so far have been able to maintain things including the batteries. Now I have sold my home and am living in a condo and my TT is being parked at a storage facility about 1/2 hr from here. Rules are such that I cannot work on the trailer here or there. There is no shore power at either place so wondering how others manage to maintain batteries.


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Disconnect them.

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Disconnect they will be fine for months. Or, you could install a solar panel to keep them topped off and provide some power when camping without hook ups.

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If you go the disconnect route,make sure they are fully charged.

Better yet, unhook the battery and store at your condo if your planning on storing it for several months so you can maintain battery.

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Posted: 07/12/20 04:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

disconnect at the battery,theres all ways a little draw if you don,t

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Disconnect for short term. Remove and charge for longer durations. Or solar.
Idk what I’d do if I was limited in or unable to “work” on my stuff anywhere.


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Add a modest solar power system to the rv.

https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/


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My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp hours of AGM in two battery banks 12 volt batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

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Don,Thanks for the solar info! In the meantime, thinking of adding a battery switch. Pros, cons, recommendations?

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Taxman2436 wrote:

Don,Thanks for the solar info! In the meantime, thinking of adding a battery switch. Pros, cons, recommendations?


I use the 100 amp/ 1000 amp contacting version from Napa. I'm sure it is available cheaper elsewhere.

https://www.napacanada.com/en/search?q=N........ene=partTypesScene3&fullyQualified=false

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Good advice here.

Long term.....take it out and fully charge.
Short term.....disconnect after fully charged.

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