Battery storage

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by 5hermits, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. 5hermits

    5hermits New Member

    Hello- I have a Jayco pop up trailer with a Optimum 12 volt deep cycle battery. We had bad luck storing ours last year- it was brand new and after bringing it into our basement for the winter, we re-charged it and it was never the same- didn't hold the charge or fully charge back. Someone mentioned that there is a devise that "runs" your battery and that we should hook up to it several times throughout the off season to keep it primed. Does anyone have any suggestions. It is a good quality battery and we would like to have it last. Thanks. Susan
     
  2. jkill2001

    jkill2001 New Member

    Battery storage

    you could get a battery tender. it keeps the battery charged when it needs and keeps it on a slow slow charge to hold the charge. must read the package tho cause some can't be used on the deep cycle batteries
     
  3. Bush70

    Bush70 New Member

    Battery storage

    If you only recharged it when you were ready to put it back in that could be the problem. Also, don't store it on the cement. Put a block of wood under it and charge it once a month at 2 amps for a half hour. When you first bring it in make sure it is full of water and clean before you starting charging. If you do it like this you could use the same battery for many years trouble free.
    Good Luck
     
  4. jkill2001

    jkill2001 New Member

    Battery storage

    hey bush70 the optima deep cycles are a sealed battery no need for water. but the whole cement thing some batteries are affected by that.
     
  5. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

    Battery storage

    "the whole cement thing"

    Well, now, no one has ever been able to explain that to me. You know ... how putting a battery on concrete will discharge it.

    Yeah, yeah, I know you've tried it both ways. Right now I don't care about your experiences with it.

    I want someone to give me an explanation for this "phenom". Ok? I don't want to die without knowing the mechanism!
     

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