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Old 11-04-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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Winterized and Stored

Well the Minnie Winnie is winterized and stored. I add fuel stabilizer and placed rubber barn mats under all the tires and ran the generator for 35 minutes. House batteries off and chassis battery disconnected. I'll run the geneator once a month for 30 minutes and check the charge on the batteries. The Winnie is stored in what was at one time a lumber company, so it is under a roof and protected on three sides . Prevailing winds are east-west( in the picture the rear of the MH is facing east) and the open side faces north.
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Old 11-04-2018, 01:22 PM   #2
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Since you can get back to it once a month I would leave the chassis battery connected and run the RV engine for a few minutes at the same time you exercise the generator.

If you have a jack system you can also operate them. I would park with the jacks down to take some weight off the tires.
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Randy, I thought about that and will probably do that....doesn't take anything to connect the battery.....then run the engine for enough time to get to operationg temp and then an additional 10 or 15 minutes......run the generator at the same time.
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:06 PM   #4
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:52 PM   #5
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Sounds good but... the battery charge indicator on the tank level monitor panel that uses 4 LEDs to indicate battery charge level isn't worth it's weight in organic fertilizer. It will indicate fully charged when you are only close to fully charged. It takes 12-24 hours to really fully charge lead acid batteries and partial charging is quite harmful to them. your best intensions will only lead to a shortened life and all the effort to do the right thing will be for nothing. And, if they are wet or flooded cell batteries (they have caps to add distilled water) you need to check the electrolyte level monthly also.

It's not good to leave the batteries to their own devices as they will lose about 30% of their power monthly without being connected to anything (battery disconnect enabled). Of all the research that I've been doing regarding batteries, the only good solution is to either keep them on shore power or remove the batteries and place them on a quality multi-stage charger. If not, the partial charging will only help the sulfation process and slowly reduce battery capacity over time. They will become noticeably weaker each season, even though they are fully charged.

The only way to see if the batteries are fully charged is through a battery monitor system that uses a shunt to sense any and all current going into and out from the batteries or use a battery hydrometer which is probably not practical. When the charge current goes to zero, the batteries can be considered fully charged. Unless you are prepared to run your generator or engine for 24 hours every few weeks which is a huge waste and I don't recommend it, you don't have much else to chose from... solar?
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