Should I leave my RV battery plugged in all winter?

RV Battery Blog 1Winter is near and hopefully you’re prepping your RV so once spring season comes, your trailer still in tip top shape for camping. Have you completed everything on your checklist? Don’t forget that one of the most important steps for winter storage is to keep your batteries in good shape! A common mistake that RV owners make is leaving their battery plugged into the RV converter to maintain its charge while in storage.

 

Why shouldn’t I keep my batteries plugged in all winter?

RV Battery Blog 2Keeping your batteries plugged in all winter long results in overcharging the battery. RV battery converters charge at a constant voltage that is too high for the battery over such a long period of time. Overcharging results in a fried battery that will no longer function to its full potential. The constant high voltage causes the electrolytes necessary for battery function to boil out, leaving the battery permanently damaged. Battery replacement can cost hundreds of dollars.

 

Should I leave it unplugged all winter?

That’s also not recommended. If your battery is left sitting and discharges to low enough levels for a long period of time, it will no longer be able to perform or charge up to its full potential. The battery charge capacity is also effected and won’t hold charges for as long as it had originally. Many think a quick fix is just to simply add water and recharge. This unfortunately doesn’t help the battery regain its charging ability. You’re still stuck with a battery that isn’t operating to its full potential.

 

What can I do to AVOID either overcharging or undercharging my RV batteries?

RV Battery Blog 3Torklift has designed a high-quality locking aluminum solar battery box called the PowerArmor Solar. It features a lockable slide top that can easily be accessed no matter the mounting location.  This box comes in a bright tread diamond plate design featuring a black high impact powder-coated frame for durability. The box bolts directly to RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper, etc. The PowerArmor Solar also has an access port that allows electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box to easily connect to your electrical circuit system and keep them safe.

More features of the PowerArmor Solar include:

• Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement (solar only)
• Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, boat, truck, van, etc.
• Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Uses a 10 watt solar panel (solar only)
• Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only)
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

How does the PowerArmor Solar keep my batteries charged?

RV Battery Blog 4The PowerArmor Solar locking battery box features a Zamp 10-watt solar panel that extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement. This means that you can keep your battery plugged into the PowerArmor Solar all winter and it will trickle charge your battery – ensuring that it maintains its existing condition all winter. The slow trickle charge reduces the chances of both over and undercharging with exposure to sunlight.

 

But what if I have more than one battery?

The PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar are offered in multiple different sizes for all your RVing and boat battery needs. Including the PowerArmor MAX that holds up to five batteries.

• PowerArmor Single*: 17-inch box can hold one group 24-27 battery (perfect for marine applications).
• PowerArmor DH and PowerArmor Solar: 24-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries. The 26-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries.
• PowerArmor MAX: 58-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, two group 31, four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries.

Torklift’s PowerArmor Solar battery box meets all your needs and protects your batteries over the winter season. For questions or more information on the PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar, call us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website torklift.com.

*A7720RS PowerArmor Solar Single requires use of 6-amp Regulator to avoid overcharging battery.
*Use of PowerArmor Solar does not replace general recommended inspection and maintenance of batteries.

 

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Living the Lance Life: Customer Review of Torklift Camper Packer Storage Stands

Living the Lance Life1Have you ever thought you were onto a genius idea that’s had a less than desirable outcome? If you’re a handyman, don’t be ashamed if an idea or two falls short, as there’s no doubt you’ve conquered success a time or two.

When checking in with blogger Matt Kasner, he was debating on how to go about storing his 2008 Lance 861 truck camper. Knowing he wanted to spare the jacks on his truck camper from extra stress, he considered a sawhorse style storage system.

“I lean more towards the “why fix something that's not broken” motto. Sure, we could have built some 2x4 sawhorses, that probably would implode in on themselves knowing my woodworking skills.”
– Matt Kasner

Camper Jack AccidentCamper jack accident, RV.net userWhen it comes to taking care of your truck camper, don’t take any chances with old cinder blocks or a traditional sawhorse from the hardware store. Just like Matt’s Lance truck camper, your investment needs serious protection. As much as your frugal intuition speaks to you, don’t skimp on something that if overlooked could cost your more than you’re willing to admit in the long run. That’s why we recommend storing your truck camper with the strength, support and protection it deserves.

 

 

camperpackerm2A question commonly debated is whether or not a truck camper should be left on its jacks. If you’re hoping to keep your camper in good condition, consider what might happen to it if the weight of the camper was dependent only on its jacks. The weight of the camper causes unnecessary wear and stress to the camper frame and jacks. Don’t take any chances. With our Camper Packer, prevent camper frame damage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame. Avoid camper jack repair and extend the life of your camper jacks.

As Matt will attest, the Camper Packer isn’t your typical sawhorse. The Torklift Camper Packer is the only quality structural support base for truck campers, whether for short or long-term storage. We turned to Matt’s recent blog to read his Camper Packer review:

“Torklift’s Made in the USA products blow everything away. The Camper Packer is no different.”

Assemled Camper Packer by Matt Kasner
Matt Kasner assembles the Camper Packer storage stands

As Matt assembled the steel brackets with specially treated lumber, he noticed how Torklift’s Camper Packer design was unique compared to other alternatives, which showed in its performance. Double the length of your typical sawhorse camper stands, the Camper Packer is rated to handle up to twelve times the weight capacity compared to a typical sawhorse. Torklift’s “hulk version” of camper storage stands can carry up to 6,000 pounds capacity per pair. Measuring 50 inches from side-to-side when completely assembled, the Camper Packer is engineered with specific high capacity capability for truck camper applications.

The Camper Packer is easy to assemble and has 100% tool-free operation. Available to purchase with or without the special treated lumber, all steel parts of the Camper Packer Kit are high impact powder coated for protection against rust and corrosion.

“Torklift does an amazing job in the powder coating department.” - Matt Kasner 

 

  Camper Packer Assembley      Camper Packer-Powdercoated       

 

“The cross members have a pin system that is similar to your truck's hitch, making the cross members easy to remove and pack down.”
– Matt Kasner

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Matt's Lance Camper

For an important task like carrying the weight of your truck camper, strength and support are essential. This task is simple with the Camper Packer storage stands. All in all, Torklift Camper Packer dramatically reduces camper jack stress, thus protecting the condition and integrity of your truck camper -- and your budget over time.

 

Matt’s Lance truck camper currently rests comfortably on the Camper Packer for the remainder of the winter season.

 


“Overall, Torklift definitely has another great product to add to its long line of great products, backed by amazing customer service and warranty departments.”

 

 Camper Packer Installed by Matt Kasner           Camper Packer Installed by Matt Kasner       

Camper Packer installation by Matt Kasner

Proudly made in the USA, the Camper Packer is backed up by a 5-year warranty.

We want to thank Matt for choosing to feature Torklift’s Camper Packer on Living the Lance Life blog. Click here for more information on the Camper Packer or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website.

Be sure to check out Matt’s full Camper Packer Review here: “Living the Lance Life"

 


 

andrew-headshotWritten by Andrew Wales:
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Are your RV batteries ready for winter? The best way to maintain healthy batteries for next camping season

PowerArmor in UseWinterizing your trailer is easy with a
solar charged RV battery box
Winterizing your towable means ensuring everything is in the best condition possible so your RV is in tip-top shape come springtime. It also means taking time to care of those expensive big-ticket items, in particular the RV batteries. Deep-cycle batteries come with a hefty price tag, so making sure you get your money’s worth means getting them to last as long as possible. The last thing you want when you start prepping your RV after winter is finding dead RV batteries to be just a hunk of junk. Nothing’s more of a pain than poor battery performance.

Battery storage when winterizing a travel trailer
So how you should go about storing RV batteries over the winter season?

PowerArmor Solar

 

 

  

Introducing the Power Armor Solar battery box.

 

 


This battery storage container benefits your batteries in more ways than one:

  1. The high quality battery box made from heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum comes with a locking mechanism to prevent battery theft.
  2. Battery life is extended by keeping them in great condition while in storage.

Let’s take a look extending the battery life with the use of a simple battery box. Even though it’s clearly a storage container and may sound pretty ordinary, this box is anything but. The PowerArmor Solar is specially engineered with all the bells and whistles necessary for keeping batteries healthy by maintaining its charge level. 

The number one cause of death for batteries? Overcharging or undercharging.

Overcharging:
Most RV owners believe that if they leave their battery plugged into the RV’s battery converter it will keep the battery topped off while in storage. Many RV battery converters charge at a constant voltage that is too high for the battery, essentially frying up the battery to the point where it’s no longer functioning. The electrolytes that keep the battery effective are boiled off and permanent damage occurs.

Undercharging:
If batteries are left sitting and discharge to low enough levels, sulfation crystals can form and block the battery charge plates. This prevents the battery from achieving its full potential and charge level. It also affects how well the battery holds its charge. It is common to add water and recharge, but the battery will not be able function at optimum performance again.

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Self-discharge of batteries significantly increases in both too hot and too cold of climates. Why is it important to keep RV batteries constantly charged? According to Trailer Life Magazine, a battery at 40 percent charge level can completely freeze at negative 16 degrees. However when it’s fully charged, the electrolytes will not freeze until negative 92 degrees. In other words, it is extremely unlikely for a battery to freeze if you keep it trickle charged. The more its charge level is maintained at a higher level, the better it performs.

Overall, battery survival makes a big difference if it’s properly maintained with the right amount of charge.

Solar panel to the rescueZamp Solar PanelZamp Solar Panel
The PowerArmor Solar is designed to keep batteries healthy by avoiding undercharging and over charging of the battery,especially while sitting during the off-season. A 10-watt solar panel by Zamp Solar comes adhered to the storage box lid and is easily wired into the batteries you’ve chosen to store within it. Exposure to sunlight will fuel your battery with just enough charge to keep it from overcharging or discharging too much, keeping your pricey RV batteries in prime shape from a performance standpoint.

PowerArmor Solar:

• Prevents common and expensive storage/battery theft
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement
• Dual use for securing batteries, towing and camping gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, truck, van etc.
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Proudly Made in the USA

How bout that cool factor? The sleek design is solid, durable and — even better — it’s backed with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Not only can you save $30 on the PowerArmor Solar with a limited time factory rebate, but save hundreds on premature battery replacement. Help your batteries survive winter with the PowerArmor Solar locking battery box.

PowerArmor $30 Factory Rebate

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That’s right, go ahead and fill this ultimate storage box with stocking stuffers. Make it the best holiday gift ever with a big red bow and place it under the tree! This is one present you’ll rest easier having purchased.

Click here for more information on the PowerArmor Solar battery box or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website. 

Source: http://www.trailerlife.com/rv-trailer-news/rv-battery-basics-get-the-best-performance


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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Top 3 reasons to winterize your truck camper with Torklift’s Camper Packer

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Fall has arrived, it’s time to winterize

The sun is setting on camping season and it’s time to winterize the truck camper. How do you store a truck camper over the off-season? Do you store it under a shelter or inside the garage? Does it sit in your driveway, alongside your house or at an offsite storage facility? Regardless of where your truck camper finds its home over the winter season, there is only one important detail we urge you to remember. Whether a short term or long term time period, don’t let the truck camper sit on its camper jacks without additional support.

That’s where Torklift International Camper Packer storage stands become crucial in winterizing your truck camper.

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Here are the top three reasons the Camper Packer isn’t your average hardware store sawhorse stands:storage-stands-partsCamper Packer Kit for storing a truck camper

#1) Easy assembly
Not only does the Camper Packer truck camper storage stands assemble quickly and easily, it simply requires a standard drill to get the job done. The camper support storage stands measure 50 inches side-to-side and are double the length of a typical sawhorse. There are no tools required to operate the storage stands.

Ed Krech from Brentwood, Tennessee uses the Camper Packer to store his 2011 Northern Lite 811 truck camper when he isn’t on the road.

“Using the tools recommended [by the instructions] and following the instructions, I had both “sawhorses” together in one and half hours,” said Krech.camperpackerSupport the truck camper with
Camper Packer stands



Because the camper storage stands are collapsible and fold away when not in use, they are specially designed for easy storage when you’re ready to load the truck camper onto your truck again.


 

“Compared to what I had been using to support my camper, these are the right height, extremely stable, will tolerate any weather conditions, and are very easy to store when not in use.”
                                 – Ed Krech

#2) Give your truck camper the structural support it needs
Acting as a structural support base for the truck camper, using the Camper Packer camper stands dramatically reduces jack and camper frame stress. It prevents any potential of camper frame damage during storage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the truck camper storage stands.

The Camper Packer sawhorse stands are rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your traditional sawhorse at 6,000 pounds capacity per pair. The lumber of the camper storage stands can be trimmed to achieve the preferred height. If you’re looking for a sturdy and solid foundation for storing your truck camper over the offseason, look no further than the Torklift Camper Packer. sawhorse-standsWinterize your truck camper

#3) Durability
The special treated lumber shields against the elements and is double-coated on the ends to further protect from exposure to rocks and dirt.

“Another plus is that the metal parts are either painted or made of stainless steel...no rust!” said Krech.

The steel components of the Camper Packer Kit are protected with a high impact powder coat. This allows protection against the negative effects of corrosion and rust. Most hardware in the kit is stainless steel. Torklift International Camper Packer comes with a 5-year warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Save on storage!
Torklift is here to make winterizing a truck camper or RV as easy as possible. What’s a better way to save on all the products you need to protect your things and provide maximum convenience over the offseason? To see all special offers and active factory rebates click here.

That’s not all – Stand up and take the first step in maintaining the structural integrity of your truck camper while in storage by taking $10 off the Torklift Camper Packer.

Camper Packer $10 Factory Rebate

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Click here for more information on the Camper Packer storage stands or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website.

 


 

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As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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Don’t skip these five steps when learning how to store a truck camper

winterizeWinter storage - Photo CreditLabor day typically marks the end of camping season for most of us. We sadly prepare to pack up all of the fun things we’ve enjoyed over the spring and summer seasons; whether it’s the boat, trailer or beloved truck camper that has voyaged us among many adventures. When it comes to preparing your truck camper for the winter months, it’s important to protect the integrity and condition of your truck camper, so when the seasons shift again, you’re ready to get back on the road and make more memories.

Here are five steps you shouldn’t ignore when storing a truck camper over the winter months:

#1) Camper Packer: The ultimate stand for your camper

camper-storage-standsTruck camper storage standsThe first thing to consider when winterizing your truck camper is where you’re going to store the unit. Whether storing a truck camper indoors or outdoors, provide the truck camper with sufficient support when offloaded from the truck. That’s where the Torklift International Camper Packer becomes your storage solution.

 

 

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Why support the camper with special support stands made for a truck camper? Storing a camper on its jacks for either a long or short period of time causes significant wear to the frame of the camper, especially at the four points where the jacks connect. Redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the Camper Packer will extend the life of your camper jacks. Allowing the unit to sit solely on its jacks is not a sturdy foundation for the truck camper.

This is not your typical hardware store sawhorse system. Double the length of your typical sawhorse, the Camper Packer uses specially treated lumber and is rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your traditional sawhorse at 6,000 lb. capacity per pair.

camper-packer-kitCamper Packer Kit with treated lumberCamper Packer storage stands:

• The only engineered structural support base for truck campers made from specially rated and treated lumber
• Provides structural support during storage while protecting the camper frame and jacks
• Safe short and long-term storage
• Measures 50” from side-to-side when completely assembled
• Specific high capacity engineering for truck camper applications
• 100% tool free operation, easy assembly
• Stands designed for easy breakdown compact storage when not in use
• 5 year warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

The Camper Packer isn’t just a set of sawhorse stands with an unusually high weight rating capacity. Each component in the kit is of high quality and durability. The specially rated lumber comes pressure-treated and each bracket is finished with a high impact powder coat for long-lasting protection from the elements.

The lumber of the sawhorse camper stands can be trimmed to achieve your preferred height. With your truck camper set up on the Camper Packer storage stands, you’ve successfully achieved a solid foundation for storing your truck camper over the offseason.

Take advantage of a limited $10 factory rebate on the Torklift Camper Packer. Click here for details.

#2) Stop the Wobble

fg-wobble-stopper-diagram.jpgFastGun Wobble Stopper supports camper frame and jacklegs

To further support your camper jacks and stabilize your camper when it’s offloaded for the winter, install the Torklift International FastGun Wobble Stopper.

 

By connecting the front camper jacklegs to the camper body, achieve these benefits:

 

• Supported connection from jacks and camper frame
• Prevention of potential jack failure and camper frame damage
• Avoid possibility of theft by blocking truck access with locking braces

The FastGun Wobble Stopper connects in seconds with a lever-action quick disconnect FastGun handle and stows directly to the camper jacks when not in use. Click here for more information on how the FastGun Wobble Stopper is a necessity for your truck camper when it’s offloaded, both in and out of storage.

We’ll shake things up by offering a $20 factory rebate on the FastGun Wobble Stopper for purchases made before December 11, 2015. See offer details here.

#3) Abandon shipnoBugs

Don’t worry – with the FastGun Wobble Stopper and Camper Packer camper storage stands, your camper isn’t going anywhere. We’ve found that another great tip for storing a truck camper is complete evacuation. Clean out all food, linens, trash, etc. With varying temperatures, leftovers in campers attract critters and unwanted visitors. If storing the truck camper outside, look into getting a cover for the unit for additional protection.

#4) Flush it out

snowflakeWith the harsh cold of winter, it’s common practice to empty all fluid tanks and flush any containers with an anti-freeze solution. Refer to the instructions of your RV manufacturer for the best method to store your truck camper over seasons with cold temperatures, as it may vary from camper to camper.

#5) Battery armor – stay powered

If you tow a trailer while hauling your truck camper, some powerful advice that’ll save your expensive batteries during the offseason: the PowerArmor Solar battery box. It’s no surprise that when batteries sit in storage, they loose their juice.

Take a look at this infographic to see what happens to batteries that sit unused over the offseason….

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Storing batteries in a lockable container with solar panel attached to its lid will help trickle charge your batteries and keep them in top notch condition for next camping season. The locking capability of the battery box eliminates any potential for battery theft. Keep it a one-time investment of your batteries and avoid costly replacement with PowerArmor Solar.

 

Click here to see how the PowerArmor Solar works. With the holidays approaching, box up a $30 off factory rebate for select PowerArmor products. Read details and purchase now, but you’ll have to provide your own big red bow.

Overall, as sad as it is to pack up for the winter season, if you take all of the proper measures to store your truck camper correctly, you’ll prevent any damage or added costs when camping season comes back around.

Gear up now before the weather turns. For more information on these camper storage and security products, browse www.torklift.com or visit our Where to Buy section to find a dealer near you.

 


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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