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Old 11-23-2015, 07:17 AM   #1
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Winter battery care..?

Just realized this is my first winter with a motorhome instead of a tt...and I am not sure what to do about the batteries..if I remove them,I won't be able to move it if necessary,and it is parked in our driveway. It is plugged into my ac and I do go in occasionally. It is winterized. Right now I have the main breaker off....it is next to impossible to remove the batteries (2) considering my age,health,etc....Will leaving the power keep them from freezing..advice please?!! PS..in all our years of traveling south for the winter, the battery in the vehicles left behind never had a problem but I see other rvers talking about it online... Janalee
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Just realized this is my first winter with a motorhome instead of a tt...and I am not sure what to do about the batteries..if I remove them,I won't be able to move it if necessary,and it is parked in our driveway. It is plugged into my ac and I do go in occasionally. It is winterized. Right now I have the main breaker off....it is next to impossible to remove the batteries (2) considering my age,health,etc....Will leaving the power keep them from freezing..advice please?!! PS..in all our years of traveling south for the winter, the battery in the vehicles left behind never had a problem but I see other rvers talking about it online... Janalee
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Thanks Bubbabc...I figured as much based on past experience w the car..however,it's always good to have another opinion. I actually figure on driving it a bit once in awhile, weather permitting, to keep the winter blues away! Lol! I see you are from PA also--I am right outside of Scranton..you?
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Thanks Bubbabc...I figured as much based on past experience w the car..however,it's always good to have another opinion. I actually figure on driving it a bit once in awhile, weather permitting, to keep the winter blues away! Lol! I see you are from PA also--I am right outside of Scranton..you?
I live in Chambersburg about fifty miles south of Harrisburg, I've lived here all my life. I've had my Sunline covered since the middle of October and it is killing me. After Christmas it will be a long haul before we can get her ready for our first trip to the Apple Blossom Fest in Winchester, Va. the end of April. Have a Happy Thsnksgiving! Don't forget to turn your scales back ten pounds! Lol
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The only problem will be the truck battery because of the isolator the charger will not charge it the coach batteries yes. There is a way around it with a jumper wire but if you run for an hour or so it the alternator will recharge the truck battery or take it for a ride. You may need the main breaker on to activate the charger some do some don't.
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I live in Chambersburg about fifty miles south of Harrisburg, I've lived here all my life. I've had my Sunline covered since the middle of October and it is killing me. After Christmas it will be a long haul before we can get her ready for our first trip to the Apple Blossom Fest in Winchester, Va. the end of April. Have a Happy Thsnksgiving! Don't forget to turn your scales back ten pounds! Lol
We have stayed over in your Wal-Mart several times...probably never again. DH fell out of the camper door Sept.17TH and life has really changed. He had several fractures in the lumbar area and a fractured wrist-neither has healed well. His level of Alzheimer's has increased drastically-he spent a week in hospital and three in a nursing/rehab facility trying to walk again. I don't see any extended trips in our future,but sure hoping for some summer short stays. P.S. Winchester is so pretty at Apple Blossom time..enjoy! Janalee
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We have stayed over in your Wal-Mart several times...probably never again. DH fell out of the camper door Sept.17TH and life has really changed. He had several fractures in the lumbar area and a fractured wrist-neither has healed well. His level of Alzheimer's has increased drastically-he spent a week in hospital and three in a nursing/rehab facility trying to walk again. I don't see any extended trips in our future,but sure hoping for some summer short stays. P.S. Winchester is so pretty at Apple Blossom time..enjoy! Janalee
Oh my word! My birthday is September 17! Sorry to hear about your husbands misfortune . Alzheimer's is a terrible disease especially for the caregiver. I am sure you have your hands full. Getting old is no fun for any of us. I am only 63 but some days feel like a very old man. I hope you get lots of camping in next year. Short trips can also be a blast!
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The only problem will be the truck battery because of the isolator the charger will not charge it the coach batteries yes. There is a way around it with a jumper wire but if you run for an hour or so it the alternator will recharge the truck battery or take it for a ride. You may need the main breaker on to activate the charger some do some don't.
Mainah...my unit has the use/store disconnect switch and I believe I tested it when I first got it and found the charge goes through. Actually, it may need to be in the USE position for the engine to start....I will have to give that another look.
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First off Janalee, sorry for your health problems. Maybe you needed to slow down and stay closer to home anyway.


Second, I wonder if you can have the A/C for the house battery and then run a trickle charger, maintainer, from a camper 110V outlet of some kind to the truck battery. Down here I would leave a trickle charger on the truck battery but disconnect the battery cables since freezing in no problem.
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Jim...you are probably very correct..I do need a slowdown-just didn't accept we have such limitations..
Now for the batteries..I have already placed my trickle charger in the moho and am waiting for a "heat wave" so I can comfortably test my batteries,check the fluids,and determine if I am already providing a charge to the truck battery thru the disconnect feature. Have to locate my volt meter! PS please enjoy that sunset view of the lake for me...boy,do I miss visiting my home state! Happy Thanksgiving to you guys! Thanks for your input...Janalee
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Mainah...my unit has the use/store disconnect switch and I believe I tested it when I first got it and found the charge goes through. Actually, it may need to be in the USE position for the engine to start....I will have to give that another look.
Oh good it does have a battery switch very handi thing for a motor home.
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