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Old 11-10-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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I recently bought a trickle/float charger for my Deep Cycle camper battery. I would like everyone's opinion on whether I should bring the battery inside the garage or leave it outside in the trailer battery box while float charging. BTW, it do not want to use the trailers charging system since leaving it on all winter puts more wear and tear on a much more expensive piece of electronics than just leaving on a $20 float charger.
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I remove the battery during the winter when the camper goes into storage.
The battery is placed in the garage and the trickle/float charger put on several times during the winter months. It is not left on constantly.

Just how I do it.
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The way I do my motorcycle batteries is I have them on battery tender that is plugged into a "lamp timer" ( from Lowe's ) to give them an hour and a half per day. I would think that would work well also for the camper battery, but I'd probably give it a couple hours per day.
I never take the battery off the tongue of the trailer because I use it off and on thru the winter months.
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I would bring it inside. It will be easier to check on it every so often.
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I recently bought a trickle/float charger for my Deep Cycle camper battery. I would like everyone's opinion on whether I should bring the battery inside the garage or leave it outside in the trailer battery box while float charging. BTW, it do not want to use the trailers charging system since leaving it on all winter puts more wear and tear on a much more expensive piece of electronics than just leaving on a $20 float charger.
Hello Twinster2,
I remove my batteries from both trailers and my ATV during the winter and any extended period of non-use. I connect the Grp-31 deep cycle RV/Marine batteries on a dual output Battery Tender. I also connect my small trailer Grp-27 battery to a single output Battery Tender. I check & service the fluid levels in each cell (these are maintenance req'd flooded cell batteries) and then connect them to the chargers... However, Like the Battery Tender site says... You can "Just plug it in and forget about it! However, practically speaking, it is a good idea to check on the battery at least once every couple of weeks. Strange things can happen. Sometimes a battery can have a weak cell that won’t show up until the worst possible time.", I also check the batteries periodically...

I am currently researching which is the best Battery Tender for my ATV Battery, in the meantime I will cycle the a trickle charger until I pick one out... my ATV is an older one and the manufacturer says to use a maintenance req'd flooded cell battery...

The Battery Tenders are supposed to have circuitry that cycles automatically the charge, maintenance and float periods to help increase the life of a battery... I have used the Battery Tender Plus chargers on the Grp 27 for 3 years and the Grp 31's for one year so far and Knock on wood, they'll keep on ticking like a Timex...
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I use the Optima AGM sealed battery so never have to check any fluid level. It's totally sealed and can be mounted in any position.

https://www.optimabatteries.com/en-u...e-and-starting
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Thanks for everyone's input. I decided float charge the battery inside the garage.
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