Plug in or Disconnect Battery at home

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  1. ce4

    ce4 New Member

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    Currently have our pup in the driveway and trying to figure out what to do with the battery in between trips, planning another in a few weeks. I'm wanting to know, should I leave the battery hooked up and run our shore power cable, 30amp, to our house power using one of the 30ampF X 15ampM adapters, or should i just unplug the battery entirely, put inside and hook everything back within a few days of our next trip to charge it all?
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    YES ..... leave it plugged in with the battery connected. Ours is plugged in 9 months straight in a year.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    disconnect and maintain (charge/check) every 1-3 months
    leave plugged in, verify battery voltage and compare to batt makers float voltage.

    Some folks are leery of maintainers 24/7 as they can act up.
    I use solar 24/7 which means it is mainly a maintainer but leaves interfere so I use a small smart charger from time to time.
     
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    I unplug and use a Ctek maintainer/charger, which is kept on year round. The majority of the convertors don't do the best job of keeping a battery properly charged
     
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    I pull my battery and keep it on a tender in the garage.
     
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    Thanks for all the info! i'll keep it plugged in for now and test it from time to time to make sure the built in maintainer is working until i get a new trickle charger/tender. I tried using my normal charger/tender on it when we first got it and after 5 min, i was getting a real bad smell so unplugged that.
     
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    What was the smell and what was it coming from?
     
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    It was a very acrid smell. Could not tell if it was coming from battery or the charger i had it on. I had the battery on some plastic leveling blocks but they were not hot or melted. The charger i use for my cars is a Schumacher SpeedCharge SC-1000A.
     
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    I would put a disconnect on the negative post, then disconnect after a trip and plug in to charge a day or so a month.
     
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    I disconnect the negative terminal whenever we put it in the storage shed (including all winter) and have never not had power.
     
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    Following. I'm also looking for a battery tender (or other brand) to keep battery/batteries topped off in between trips. I store the trailer in my garage so weatherproofing is not important. Currently have a single group 24 but looking to move to a pair of GC2s once I figure out a mounting solution (not sure how much size of the battery bank matters).
     

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