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Posted: 08/24/21 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

StirCrazy wrote:

theres another option. if you hve a good converter in the rv and you leave it pluged in, just leave the batteries set up as normal. I got 14 years out of my lst 6V batteries and they only time they wernt plugged in was when I was driving or camping with out services.

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Sandia Man wrote:

I do nothing different for our Samsclub purchased 6 volt golfcart batteries during the winter months as opposed to summer. Regardless of the time of year we keep our batteries properly watered and always plugged in letting our smart converter or inverter charger keep them happily charged.

We experience at least 4 months yearly of sub-freezing temps and easily get a minimum of 8 years of reliable service, they always have life still left in them but with the sales they occasionally have at Samsclub on GC2 batteries we tend to get a fresh pair.

For less than what we spend on fuel for a single RV outing we have 12 volt reserves for many years to come, don't see myself going with newer battery technologies any time soon as we have always had good success over several decades of RVing.


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It's worth mentioning that the electrolyte in a fully-charged lead-acid battery has a freezing temperature of around 95 degrees F. below zero.

In a completely-discharged battery, it's just +32 degrees F.

Moral of the story: If you don't want your batteries to freeze, keep them charged.

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Posted: 08/25/21 07:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fully charged and disconnected batteries will last the winter in sub zero temps. At least mine have for more than nine years now with only a 10% discharge through the winter.

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