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Old October 3rd, 2016, 08:28 AM
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OK to leave Suburban outdoors, on trickle charger in Nantucket winter?

Just got another Suburban for NJ but want to keep my 2008 Suburban with 130K miles on island all year round though we are there only in the summer/fall.

No garage but there is an outlet at the parking space in front of the house. Is it OK to hook up a trickle charger, keep it under the hood, and run power down and into the outdoors outlet all winter (November to May)?

Currently, I have one of those small solar panels plugged into the lighter which keeps the battery charged enough when we aren't there durning the warmer months. When the truck gets snow covered, I don't think it will work.

Is there a simpler way? I'm thinking not to take out the battery as my wife couldn't put it back in by herself.
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 08:42 AM
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mount this in the vehicle's engine compartment and plug it in. Make sure the cord you use is HD and Weather rated for outdoor use.
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 08:45 AM
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Make sure the cord you use is HD and Weather rated for outdoor use.
Exactly. Make sure whatever you use is RATED AND INTENDED for prolonged outdoor use.
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make sure the other end is plugged into a GFCI socket.
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Probably worth the investment of a car cover too, just as much for keeping snow drip away from the trickle charger as for paint and rubber preservation.
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 10:47 AM
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I think the car cover suggestion would be good, and that by itself may rule out the solar charger, but remember, there is not that much snow on the island, and when there is snow, it doesn't stay for long. I keep a jump box over there for spring startups. AAA is also over there for a jump too.
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Thanks all. I'll look into the battery charger that was suggested. The cover is a good idea, hadn't thought of it.
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