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Old 10-20-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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wintering of battery and propane tank?

Recommendations for how to store my new battery and propane tank over the winter months? I will be covering my Scamp with it's canvas "suit" and placing it under commercial roof-covered storage.

Recommendations for the new battery and propane tank? Do I leave them on the trailer (disconnected), or remove to an enclosed garage (not too keen on propane tank stored next to my car in tiny garage)? Weather predicted to be warmer this winter (El Nino) in Pacific NW but more rain.
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I have a 2010 13' Scamp and never unhook the battery.

A charged battery will keep it from freezing. I highly recommend a "Smart battery charger/maintainer" such as the "Battery Tender". You can leave it plugged in indefinitely and it will not hurt the battery but will keep it maxed. Another option is to purchase the "Battery Wizard" if you have a Progressive Dynamic's converter. You will have to check it since it's a 2005. They used another brand as well. The BW works the same as the Battery Tender except you would have to keep the Scamp plugged in. That's why I opted for the Batt. Tender.

Propane? Cut it off at the bottle and leave it on the trailer. If you're not comfy with it in the garage (of course I have a natural gas water heater in my garage! ) you could always remove it and store it in an out building. I have mine in a closed-in lean-to behind my shop. NOT that I dont want to leave it on my Scamp in the winter, I just dont use propane unless I'm "boon docking".

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Recommendations for how to store my new battery and propane tank over the winter months? I will be covering my Scamp with it's canvas "suit" and placing it under commercial roof-covered storage.

Recommendations for the new battery and propane tank? Do I leave them on the trailer (disconnected), or remove to an enclosed garage (not too keen on propane tank stored next to my car in tiny garage)? Weather predicted to be warmer this winter (El Nino) in Pacific NW but more rain.
Appreciate all responses. Thanks.
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:18 PM   #3
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no electricity

Battery Tender web site shows these units need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. There is no electricity where trailer is being stored,
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Hmmm. Propane tank got me thinking. I've already put my scamp into closed storage for the winter and never though to unscrew line from tank. Valve is closed of course. Well I could always take a little trip out to the lake and unscrew the line from the tank. I've never taken the bottle off for any storage, but perhaps I should?

Battery...I use a tender but no electricity won't work that. I think someone once told me to clean terminals really well and then put a big ziplock Baggie over them in a cold place. But I'll probably get beat up over that comment as I'm not sure how or why that helps.

Storage stuff is a lot to think about I know. Now I've got to think about propane.


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Propane tank can stay on the trailer. I put batteries in my basement and put them on a charger once a month or so.I do this with any piece of equipment I own that has a battery and doesn't get used in the winter.
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Worst thing I ever saw relating to propane tanks was when I worked for a fuel oil and propane supplier, a customer had put their 20 lb tank for their gas grill next to the furnace in their garage. And they just didn't get it when I told them that was a real bad idea.
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I think I've asked before, but I am sometimes easily confuzzled. My scamp battery, tractor battery are in my unheated garage all winter, sitting on workshop counter. I rotate the battery tender between each battery to maintain. Definitely get freezing temps here in Buffalo, NY area. This is OK right?


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I think I've asked before, but I am sometimes easily confuzzled. My scamp battery, tractor battery are in my unheated garage all winter, sitting on workshop counter. I rotate the battery tender between each battery to maintain. Definitely get freezing temps here in Buffalo, NY area. This is OK right?


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A fully charged lead acid battery is good down to about -92 F. No worries as long as you keep them charged per your post.
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Battery Tender web site shows these units need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. There is no electricity where trailer is being stored,
If you're going to pull the battery. Probably a good idea in your case. You'll need some method of keeping it charged. A Battery Minder will do that nicely in your garage or where ever you're storing the battery for the winter.
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battery tender

Great suggestions. What size battery tender should I get? I can store it in my garage with electrical connection. I stored another battery in garage last year, and it was totally dead this spring...had to buy a new battery.

Should I wrap the propane tank in fiberglass insulation after disconnecting?
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I found a deal on Amazon a few months ago where I got THREE of the "Battery Tender JRs" for $22 a piece delivered to my door....couldnt touch that price at Walmart where they were marked $34!!

The BT Jr will be fine for your application. And where there is no electricity, I would DEFINITELY remove my battery and take it to a location to where I could keep a "maintaining" charger on it. Someone mentioned a Battery Minder. I have one of the $160 ones because it "desulphates". Another conversation altogether.

Just DO NOT buy a cheap 12v "battery charger" to keep on the battery as it will FRY it. FWIW, the Battery Tender Jr. has a 5 yr warranty. That tells you something about the Deltran products.

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Great suggestions. What size battery tender should I get? I can store it in my garage with electrical connection. I stored another battery in garage last year, and it was totally dead this spring...had to buy a new battery.

Should I wrap the propane tank in fiberglass insulation after disconnecting?
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Recommendations for how to store my new battery and propane tank over the winter months? I will be covering my Scamp with it's canvas "suit" and placing it under commercial roof-covered storage.

Recommendations for the new battery and propane tank? Do I leave them on the trailer (disconnected), or remove to an enclosed garage (not too keen on propane tank stored next to my car in tiny garage)? Weather predicted to be warmer this winter (El Nino) in Pacific NW but more rain.
Appreciate all responses. Thanks.
I live a bit north of you and I have never taken the propane tank off the trailer. Most winters I also don't take the battery off the trailer either, especially since the last few winters have been very mild. Although I do try and remember to plug the trailer in for a day or two a month to keep the battery charged up. If we had an extreme weather forecast that was going to be well below freezing for a week or more I plug it in and leave it plugged in until the weather improves.

If I lived in Oregon and if no power available were I stored the trailer I would probable just put a small 5w solar panel on the battery and leave it there for the winter.
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Do NOT set your battery on concrete. It will cause it to go bad. Place a couple of short pieces of wooden 2x4 under it.
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Have you experienced this? Modern-day "plastic" batteries are not affected.

ASK THE EXPERTS: Batteries on Concrete | Home Power Magazine

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