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will i do not know as i tend to not be where it gets below zero.  but just on keeping the battries from freezing. 

going to snow here this week. ( inch or two). but has been icy of late. is it prudent or worth it to say use a fresh water heater cord to keep some heat around the battries.

there is not much insulation around mine. open to the air below them.

this is while hooked up to shore power.

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No it is not. A charged battery will not freeze. However one that is not will and a frozen battery is no good. If it is plugged in or you have a maintainer on it you are fine. Where you can have a problem is with phantom draw and the voltage gets too low then it will freeze. 

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Would a heated battery pad help?  I have used them under batteries when it gets nasty out.  Wish I had used one in my Ranger last week, when the temps were hitting -40 at night.  I have seen battery blankets too but have not used one.  On my RV and tractors, I remove all batteries late fall and put in barn with maintainer, cheap insurance.

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I use maintainers on the both trucks in storage the campers, four wheelers, bikes and the farm tractors. But I leave them in the rigs, way too many to remove. I have never had a problem doing this. I can see the use of a battery heater and a maintainer in real cold as the warm battery will give better results. By the way I live in the mountains of  Vermont.

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Heard the mountains of Vermont were nice, would like to see someday.  Nuttin in ND but plains and cold plains.   Windy as heck!  Did I mention cold.... LOL, only -8 out right now, having a heat-wave.  Having well maintained batteries, trickle charges/maintainers would probably be good for a short trip like he is doing.  I've lost many batteries not removing them over the years.

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59 minutes ago, NDBirdman said:

Heard the mountains of Vermont were nice, would like to see someday.  Nuttin in ND but plains and cold plains.   Windy as heck!  Did I mention cold.... LOL, only -8 out right now, having a heat-wave.  Having well maintained batteries, trickle charges/maintainers would probably be good for a short trip like he is doing.  I've lost many batteries not removing them over the years.

So have I but not since I started with the maintainers, the worst part is getting power everywhere. 

I have been to ND I like the  big sky and sun you get in the summer, we don't get the wind but the number of sunny days we get is 58, partly sunny 101 so 159 days we see the sun. That is not in the mountains we currently have little over 2 feet of snow and that's after a good warm up with heavy rain. Last week was mostly 15 to 25 below. I Threw a car out of the garage and put a tractor in, I can keep the battery from freezing  but it can take several hours for a block heater to warm up the engine enough to start. 

We hope to be out your way in a couple of years we have one more graduating in a year and a half then more travel we hope. Stay warm and out of the wind.

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sad but my garage gets colder than outside.

at least when i open the door its like a walk in cooler.

and having to dig out all those deep cycle units.

six of them.

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sad my lungs say no burning to make heat. other than the nat gas furnace and water heater.

cigaret smokers kill me, hard to breath.

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My garage is attached on the east side of house.  With heater off, it never gets below 40 but the fireplace chimney is there.  I can heat my garage to 75 in about 10 minutes, big btu heater, I like my wood working tools/harley warm!  Snowblower/tractor is in there all winter or it would not start.  Going to snowblow this afternoon when the storm stops.  Agree'd, cancer smokers, can't stand the smell of the stick or them, makes me gag.  Fireplace smoke, depends on the wood.  Keep a good draft going... LOL

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We have a boat and ATV in N. Central Minnesota. Every fall I charge the batteries , unhook them, and leave them in an unheated storage unit for the winter. No problems starting them in spring without a charger. Eventually an old tired battery won’t handle this but it will be replacent time then anyway

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something in the cigerate is a trigger for my asmath..

but the worst part is most smokers do not care about others and just light up where ever the are at. screw others. and will not move when asked politly using the word please.

 

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8 hours ago, packnrat said:

but the worst part is most smokers do not care about others and just light up where ever the are at. screw others. and will not move when asked politly using the word please.

Hate that!  When I used to play Blackjack in a local res casino, they allowed smoking at the tables.  Usually when I saw someone going through the motions to light up, I would politely ask them not to.  Worked 5 outa 6 times although most acted like I should leave if I did not like it.  Occasionally, they would say no problem and go outside to create cancer.  There would always be jerks every once in a blue moon that basically said eff you.  Those ppl, well, I can get nasty and very loud if they do light up.  Nothing brings security fast like a frackus at a table... LOL  99% of the time they would just leave the area I think either out of embarrassment or fear, either way I don't care, they did not blow cancer in my direction.

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As a former smoker, I remember when we really didn't realize how little it took to bother some people around us. It used to be that society actually favored the smokers but today publicity is such that it should be common knowledge that it impacts those around you. When I was in the Navy we smoked pretty much everywhere and today Naval ships are pretty much no smoking areas. I used to think of myself as a courteous smoker but today I realize that there were times I impacted those around me out of ignorance. It is still legal to use tobacco products so even though I may not approve and it may bother me if they do so, smokers do still have some rights. Where one is allowed to smoke is being restricted more and more, and that is a good thing. I do not believe that our Congress really wants to prevent citizens from smoking because tobacco sales is such a good tax source. 

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i only demand no smoking at my place or in my truck.

at there place, truck, etc. i just try to be up wind and keep my mouth shut.

in public if i am at work i ask politely. if on my free time i go else-ware.

everybody has rights. but i just want to breath.

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If you keep the battery charged it will not freeze. If you charge them fully before storing them, they will be good for a couple of months. If you cannot check on them often, don't leave them on a charge maintainer. Oh. back to the hijacked thread; Do Not Smoke Near Battery.

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FWIW, the battery in my '32 chevy hasn't been used since  my DW was in a serious wreck in 2016. It hasn't frozen yet. It totally depends on rate of discharge. My tractors have sat all winter and easily started the engine the following spring.

OTOH, a friend sat a bad battery outside his barn until be could turn it in for core-charge. It froze and burst, some feeder calves licked the battery and died.

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