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Old 10-20-2015, 09:42 AM   #1
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Winterizing the caravan battery.

Near the outdoor storage of my trailer, I can connect to an AC 110V outlet. Is it okay to let it connect all winter on the transformer of the trailer?

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I looked on the Bigfoot site and thought it says your trailer has a 45 amp converter with charger, it doesn't specify the type and whether or not it is a 'smart' charger.

I'd say that, if it is a smart charger and won't boil your battery, you could get away with it. Smart charger or not, it would be wise to check your battery water level once a month or so just to make sure.

A fully charged battery shouldn't freeze, unless it gets down to -92 F in Quebec. At that point you probably won't care. {{8-{D}}}
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If it is the original Converter/charger it pretty much pre-dates smart chargers. Look on the front panel and tell us a make and model.
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If it is the original Converter/charger it pretty much pre-dates smart chargers. Look on the front panel and tell us a make and model.
It's a Allardson, Model D20-BRA-A

with 5 fuses, 20 amps each, only 4 are used.

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I looked on the Bigfoot site and thought it says your trailer has a 45 amp converter with charger, it doesn't specify the type and whether or not it is a 'smart' charger.

I'd say that, if it is a smart charger and won't boil your battery, you could get away with it. Smart charger or not, it would be wise to check your battery water level once a month or so just to make sure.

A fully charged battery shouldn't freeze, unless it gets down to -92 F in Quebec. At that point you probably won't care. {{8-{D}}}
The battery is sealed can not check the water level.

I do not believe that the temperatures fall below -92°F this year, we are told that temperatures are rising these years,
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That converter apparently does not have a smart charger incorporated and, of the mentions I found on-line, there seem to be a few comments about it over charging. With that information I would not leave it plugged in 24/7, but I would remove the battery from the caravan and keep it in a warm place, ad on a battery tender, if desired.
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That converter apparently does not have a smart charger incorporated and, of the mentions I found on-line, there seem to be a few comments about it over charging. With that information I would not leave it plugged in 24/7, but I would remove the battery from the caravan and keep it in a warm place, ad on a battery tender, if desired.
Thank you Bob, that's what I'll do ...
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I just plug in the trailer for one day once a month.


Of course it doesn't get as cold here...
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If you wish to leave the battery in the trailer, and your charger does not do a proper float charge, you could just monitor it every month or two, and check the voltage. If it is low, just plug it in for a day.
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Near the outdoor storage of my trailer, I can connect to an AC 110V outlet. Is it okay to let it connect all winter on the transformer of the trailer?

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Just make sure the electrolyte (acid) is covering the plates.
Give it a full charge. (13 + volts), Clean off any dirt on top of battery.
Disconnect the Negative cable, and leave it on the trailer.
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You could plug it into a coffee maker timer and let it run for an hour or so a day. Check the resting voltage and adjust it as needed.
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