Battery Maintanance

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  1. Sue Stella

    Sue Stella New Member

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    Does there exist a way to charge my RV battery when it is not in the RV? Is there a charger I can buy that plugs into the wall and attaches to the RV battery posts? We are getting ready for summer and, oops, the battery has been sitting on the shelf since September. Any recommendations for this situation?
     
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    "Battery Tender" (Plus)

    I have three of them for various items
     
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    A battery tender will maintain a battery but you may want something that can charge a low battery and also maintain.
    Something like Schumacher SSF-1000A 2/6/10A 12V Automatic SpeedCharge Battery Charger Amazom has them and some others.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    Got an autozone near by? Take it there, they will charge and test and likely determine your battery is no good!
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I have three regular chargers, the newest is from HF and does a good job, it shuts off when the Battery is charged. Cost was minimal
     
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    You're a braver soul than me trusting a battery charger from HF.
     
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    A battery should never left idle for as long as you have left it. When sitting idle for extended periods of time, sulphur forms on the plates and reduce capacity.
    If you want a battery to last, get a good battery tender...not a trickle charger as a trickle charger will boil a battery dry
     
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    We use the Battery Tender. Hook it up as soon as the trailer is in the garage. We let it get to the 'maintenance' level and then disconnect it. I hook it back up a day before our next trip to make sure it is topped off. As some others have said, it will not charge a dead battery.
     
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    Should you not leave a battery hooked up to a battery minder for long periods of time? Mine was left at my parents for 4 months. Curious if that was bad for my AGM battery.
     
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    That's what they are for.
     

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