How often should I recharge my battery with my trickle charger?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by insaniak, May 14, 2016.

  1. insaniak

    insaniak New Member

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    If i go camping at least once a month should I need to charge my battery? It charges while driving also.
     
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    Snow Well-Known Member

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    No need to trickle charge the battery provided that you either install a battery disconnect switch OR remove the positive wire from the battery so there is no parasitic draw from the propane detector ...
     
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    insaniak New Member

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    So simply turning off the battery on the outside of my trailer isn't enough, I would need a battery disconnect switch or remove the wire?
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Yes..I disconnect the wires from the battery when we are not using it. I will also put it on a charger once a month to make sure battery stays charged. This is because we don't go camping every month...
     
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    Customer Well-Known Member

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    First off, do you have a trickle charger or a battery maintainer like a Deltran Battery Tender, a BatteryMinder or something of that caliber? If you have a battery maintainer, leave it connected all the time.

    Every minute a battery is at less than a full charge shortens its life due to sulfation of the plates. Disconnecting a charged battery is okay but it will immediately start to self discharge.
     
  6. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

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    I did not see how much insaniak was using his battery per trip. Personally, I'd not be disconnected mine between trips. Nonetheless, recharging it before each outing would be a safe bet. I make my living using seasonal machines which start via batteries. Some years ago, I spoke with Schumacher about there chargers ability to help with sulfation. They said that all there electronic changers will run through a de-sulfation cycle. One of these is what I charge my machines with once over the summer. This does seems to work and now I personally own some Schumacher chargers as well.

    http://www.batterychargers.com/battery-chargers/
     

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