Charging vehicle battery in storage?

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  1. kinsleyboy

    kinsleyboy Read Only Funster

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    I am thinking about putting my m/home in storage this coming winter for longish periods.
    How can I charge the vehicle battery so that it reduces the chance of it being flat when I go to get it ?.
    Its a 2008 Bessacarr E560 which has a mains charging unit which you can swap from vehicle to leisure battery but as I won't have access to mains what can I do?

    Any useful ideas would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Martin
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    Solar or remove the battery connections ( make sure you know any radio passwords etc ).
     
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    Solar, as long as you are stored outside. Even a titchy 40w panel will do the trick, but as they're getting so cheap now I would suggest 80w.
     
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    What else would I need?

    Thanks. I presume I would need some clever electronics to connect the panel to my charging unit so that I can charge the vehicle battery?

    Also would I be able to charge the leisure battery if not on EHU (i.e. on an aire or wild camping?.

    Martin:Smile:
     
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    Solar panel will not charge your vehicle battery unless it it wired in to do so, I had a panel fitted on mine they gave me the choice to have both hab and vehicle bats charged off the panel, I just had it on the hab has I park at home for a winter charge, so just sticking a panel on won,t do what you asked, but a panel will charge hab battery stuck outside or in the window if that is what you want if out and about with no ehu. Pete
     
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    I was thinking after posting my reply was based on my vans system yours my be different. Peter
     
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    You hook the panel, via it's controller to the leisure battery then the "normal" solution is a Battery Master to charger the starter battery from the leisure battery.

    http://www.vanbitz.com/battery-master-8-c.asp
     
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    Hi
    Over 10 years ago I used a small solar panel, laid on the dash, plugged into the cigarette lighter socket - worked for years - until it was cooked by the sun
    :Sad: - well it was in Majorca!:Cool:
     
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    Thanks Brian, looks like a call to Vanbitz is on the cards!

    Martin:thumb:
     
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    I don't recall anyone every complaining about doing that.

    On the other hand loads moan about dead batteries.
     
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    If not fitting solar a battery master is the solution to a large extent £65 eBay.
    If however you are fitting solar then the better and considerably cheaper solution is a cbe csb2 which can be found on eBay circa £22 or from cak tanks circa £30 with postage
     
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