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Removing Caravan Battery For The Winter?


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i now have my caravan in a gold secure storage site (the first time in 27 years of caravaning - due to a house move). It is a bit of a pain to have to keep swapping the battery over every 6 weeks or so and was thinking it would be better to remove the battery for the winter and keep it on a floating charger at home until we start using the van again.

I am happy to leave the alarm off as it is a secure site but am worried that doing this may cause the seperate alarm back up battery to flatten itself.

When vans are on the dealers forecourts, they never have a battery fitted until they are sold so assume it should be ok to remove the battery for a few months.

Does anyone know if the alarm battery will still be providing power for the alarm circuit even if I don't activate the alarm?

Solar panels are now out of the question as I have now got the van covered with a specialised cover.

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You should check your insurance, it may be void if the alarm is not active during storage.

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Thanks for the answers folks - I don't bother to subscribe to tracker so like "oldboy" will now take battery out as he dosn't have any probs with it. And I am happy with the security.

This means that I shouldn't have any probs powering motor mover as will always have a fully charged battery.

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Thanks for the answers folks - I don't bother to subscribe to tracker so like "oldboy" will now take battery out as he dosn't have any probs with it. And I am happy with the security.

This means that I shouldn't have any probs powering motor mover as will always have a fully charged battery.

That was the problem I had on very cold winter December when I went to get my caravan to go away for New year. and since then it make me remove the battery and take it home.

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Comment about tracker if battery is removed is valid and replacement will inviolve a call out for a service engineer to replace.

 

My solution is to have 2 batteries which i switch over about every 6 weeks - fresh batter on take old one home and bench charge. I have a CTEK charger (great bit of kit if a tad expensive) and pop the spare battery on charge to top off for 24 hours every 3 to 4 weeks. Works well for me.

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Comment about tracker if battery is removed is valid and replacement will inviolve a call out for a service engineer to replace.

 

My solution is to have 2 batteries which i switch over about every 6 weeks - fresh batter on take old one home and bench charge. I have a CTEK charger (great bit of kit if a tad expensive) and pop the spare battery on charge to top off for 24 hours every 3 to 4 weeks. Works well for me.

Ideal if storage is not too far away.

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Now I don't know the logic or even quasi-science behind this. ..but I was told by a full time battery technician never to store a battery directly onto a concrete floor. ..always place it on wood or thick card. ......any comments?

 

geoff

Kia Sorento KX-1 CRDI 4WD towing an Elddis Affinity 530

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Now I don't know the logic or even quasi-science behind this. ..but I was told by a full time battery technician never to store a battery directly onto a concrete floor. ..always place it on wood or thick card. ......any comments?

 

geoff

 

Hi Geoff,

It seems this used to be the case, but not with modern batteries. Found this;

 

http://www. yuasabatteries. com/faqs. php?action=1&id=20

 

Gordon

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Now I don't know the logic or even quasi-science behind this. ..but I was told by a full time battery technician never to store a battery directly onto a concrete floor. ..always place it on wood or thick card. ......any comments?

 

Geoff

 

We were told the same by a chap who made batteries, he said the concrete acted as a heat sink, but it was ok when bulk charging.

I asked a friend who worked for Exide and Big and he said it could be so they don't get damaged by sharp bits of concrete, I though that one made sense ^_^

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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Hi Geoff,

It seems this used to be the case, but not with modern batteries. Found this;

 

http://www. yuasabatteries. com/faqs. php?action=1&id=20

 

Gordon

 

 

That sounds like what he was inferring. .although it was only a couple of years back. ....both mine live in the 'van anyway so wasn't going to affect me. ....

 

cheers

geoff

Kia Sorento KX-1 CRDI 4WD towing an Elddis Affinity 530

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