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Old 11-13-2019, 02:54 PM   #21
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For over 12 years I have stored my Golf Carts with Trojan Batterys out side in Northern Pa.
For 8 Months with very little voltage drop

I disconnect the Neg Term top off water prior to last charge.
Many in our Campground do the same. Absolutely no need to run the converter all winter
I do the same with my Montana
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:03 PM   #22
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I have the same 61 lb Trojan batteries too. I remove mine and put them on a trickle charger which runs 1 hour a day. My location in Reno can get down to 5 (or lower) and I don't want to replace them every year.
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:39 PM   #23
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My experience with 12 volt Interstate batteries is that when installed in my Monty and connected to 50 amp shore power, the converter is gentle enough that checking electrolyte levels every 90 days was more than often enough. Assuming a properly functioning multi-stage converter, I expect the Trojan 6 volt batteries to be about the same.
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:22 PM   #24
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Our 2011 Monty stays plugged in except when on the road. Still has original battery and have checked water level just a few times, last checked about 3 months ago have not had to add water. As long as battery stays charged, I donít think you have to worry about it.
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Old 11-14-2019, 04:23 PM   #25
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Batteries being new, if the charger is working properly you won't need to ad water during storage. Check them in two weeks and then two weeks later and you will be comfortable with leaving them 'til spring. I have a small, very small solor panel and it keeps them up all winter.
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Old 11-14-2019, 06:36 PM   #26
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If the dealer hook your batterys up you need to double-check to make sure they did it right, when I pick mine up new they were totally wrong had to rewire everything batteries and solar system. I put 4, 6 volt Trojan with the watering system and a disconnect at the battery.
The negative cable is always the first to disconnect and last to connect.
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:38 PM   #27
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I guess the elephant in the room is why isn't anyone recommending AGM and stop worrying about the water?

On the charging side of things (after you disconnect the negative wire), what about solar panel? I'm no fan of them working in the oilfield but if your not going to plug into the grid seems like a good application?
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Old 11-14-2019, 09:11 PM   #28
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We have always used AGM batteries. Had six golf cart type in the old rig and have two now in the new rig. Also put three in a firends Class A. It's worked for 9 years of full timing so far.
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