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Author Topic: winter storage, battery maintenance and inverter  (Read 1020 times)
Tenor
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« on: September 28, 2008, 05:42:30 PM »

For those of you who park your bus in the winter and have inverters with chargers, do you leave them plugged in for the winter and check the water periodically?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008, 06:19:03 PM »

I did last winter for the first time, instead of shutting everything down and doing a monthly plug in.

There is more crap to clean off the positive terminals.

Probably healthier for the batteries to be kept snugged right up?

I'm still debating what I'm going to do this year.

happy coaching!
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 07:33:03 PM »

Tenor, I would use a battery tender a lot cheaper than putting time on your inverter you can replace a tender for less than a $100.00  you know the price of inverters       good luck
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 06:47:31 AM »

There is more crap to clean off the positive terminals.

happy coaching!
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 Jerry aka Sojourner gave me a Permatex product. This stuff is great. It eliminates terminal maintainance.  I try to sell everybody on it, I would be willing to do thier testimonial commercials for them!!!
   http://www.permatex.com/products/Automotive/specialized_maintenance_repair/electrical_system_maintenance/Permatex_Battery_Protector_Sealer.htm

   HTH Jim
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 10:34:34 AM »

Heck with the permatex, just pour a can of coca cola on the terminals (not diet)
It cleans everything and then the syrup dries out and leaves a protective film.
Cheap

That said, I'll admit I've never tried it myself. I have more than one buddy who swears by it tho...

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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2008, 11:22:32 AM »

Thanks for reminding me that I was going to get a tender - I just bought one of these:

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200365179_200365179

Boogie - I have used soda to "clean" the terminals in an emergency being careful not to get it IN the cells and it works!
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2008, 11:52:06 AM »

I clean mine with Coke have for years allways nice and clean for .50 cents
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2008, 04:54:28 AM »

I clean mine with Coke have for years allways nice and clean for .50 cents

I'm sure glad I drink Pepsi! Grin

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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2008, 07:22:39 AM »

I clean mine with Coke have for years allways nice and clean for .50 cents

I'm sure glad I drink Pepsi! Grin

Paul

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