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I will be placing the Ram SRT 10 in hibernation for 6 months due to old man winter.

Any suggestions on using a battery tender...brand name of battery tender??...do's & don'ts?? I have stored my share of Corvettes during wintertime.

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I use a Battery tender Jr. made by Delkron on my Harley, HD sells the exact same thing with their name on it, but they up the price of course. I bought mine at Easyriders of Atlanta on one of my trips.
Just bought a Yuasa "SmartShot 900" for my SRT which is already in storage.
Picked it up at a local bike shop in my hometown
The Battery Tender Jr. puts out about .5Amps in charge mode, and the Yuasa puts out .9Amps. Both have a "float voltage" of 13.2V which will not overcharge the battery, and kicks it up to 14.4V in charge mode when needed.
Both came with a quick-connect harness and clip leads.
I use the quick-connect harness, works great.
When I get home I take a quick look in the Garage and if the lights are green I know everything is fine.
With the bike it takes about an hr before float mode kicks in with it's small battery, and with the truck it took overnight.

I use these because I travel a lot for work so the toys sit quite a bit. It's a no-brainer for me, but a once-a-month charge with a regular battery charger would probably be just as effective.

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FWIW, I've used simple battery-disconnect switches for quite a few years now. My Mustang sits - ALOT (1,008 miles on the odometer :eek: ) - and all I've ever done is disconnect the battery when I'm not using it. It's now going on 10 years old and the original battery is still working.
 

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Hey at least I don't have to reset my clock and radio stations like I would if I disconnected the battery on the SRT.
And taking the seat off my softail with the luggage rack is a real pain in the ass.
With the Battery tenders I have piece of mind and no worries.
But that's just me
 

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Guys check out this site www.motorcyclebatteriesusa.com I know its a bike site but they've been the cheapest I've found. They have the battery tender JR. for $27 and for the guys that store more than one , or for those of us that store cars bike and the stylish but slow John Deere, they have a 4 point charging station, they have all the info on these . I'v used these on my Vette, mower, and bikes for years now and have only had one failure, but I still think it was my fault, but they replace it anyway. And I bet if you can get a couple of guys together they will probably give a group discount.
 

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Alberta-SRT said:
Hey at least I don't have to reset my clock and radio stations like I would if I disconnected the battery on the SRT.

But that's just me

Wasn't trying to 'argue ' with you. Just offering another option that works.

Besides, I have Never had to set, or reset, the radio stations on my R. ;)
 

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No offense was taken at all, this forum is a great source of info and debate.
I also have a Mustang GT in storage and after going thru 2 batteries, I have given up trying to keep one in it until I'm ready to use the car again. I used to disconnect it and try to keep it charged but it didn't seem to matter, they still didn't last.
The original battery in my Harley lasted 3 yrs with monthly charges thru the winter and I was told that was pretty good for a motorcycle battery, the one I have now on the tender is 6 yrs old and going strong. That's why I decided to do the same for the truck.
If your R still has the original battery after all this time you must be doing something right or the thing just has a great battery in it. I just thought that if you pulled the power you would lose the radio's memory??

BTW---- how can you stand owning such an awesome car and not drive it, I would go crazy having it just sit there. You my friend have incredible restraint, hang on to that car, in about 20 yrs it'll be worth a small fortune.

Oh and if I ever get up in your neighborhood..do you think maybe we could put another few miles on it....hint hint :D
 

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Alberta-SRT said:
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No offense was taken at all, this forum is a great source of info and debate.

If your R still has the original battery after all this time you must be doing something right or the thing just has a great battery in it. I just thought that if you pulled the power you would lose the radio's memory??
For the most part, you are correct. In the case of the Cobra R, well, it ain't got no damn radio! ;) (Or AC, or back seat, etc :D )

BTW---- how can you stand owning such an awesome car and not drive it, I would go crazy having it just sit there. You my friend have incredible restraint, hang on to that car, in about 20 yrs it'll be worth a small fortune.
Actually, restraint is only a part of it. Two jobs helps to soak up alot of my time. While other times I simply CAN'T get it out of the shed(In the backyard, where I park it). You see, rain water tends to 'puddle' in front of the shed, so much of the time the ground is too soft to pull the car out into the backyard. Though when I do get it out, it is flat-azz FUN to run! :cool:

Oh and if I ever get up in your neighborhood..do you think maybe we could put another few miles on it....hint hint :D
Yup! It's only got a low-compression 5.8liter V8(351 Windsor), factory rated at 300hp, but it does have a real nice Torque curve! With the addition of a free-flowing exhaust, I definitely opened up some more HP (Major bottleneck on '95 R's), so it runs in about the same neighborhood as a stock SRT Ram ---> 106mph+/- through the 1/4. The fact that the handling and braking are INSANE, plus it's like driving in an empty beer can (NO sound deadening insulation either -- remember, 'R' stands for Race car :D ), only adds to the experience. :cool:
 

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Thanks for the info...will park it after today...lots of deer out for the next 4 weeks almost hit one late yesterday afternoon. Will try the battery tender.
 

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Battery Tender Jr.

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Guys check out this site www.motorcyclebatteriesusa.com I know its a bike site but they've been the cheapest I've found. They have the battery tender JR. for $27 and for the guys that store more than one , or for those of us that store cars bike and the stylish but slow John Deere, they have a 4 point charging station, they have all the info on these . I'v used these on my Vette, mower, and bikes for years now and have only had one failure, but I still think it was my fault, but they replace it anyway. And I bet if you can get a couple of guys together they will probably give a group discount.
Try this site - Battery Tender Jr. at $19.95...
I ordered 5, and UPS ground shipping was at $10.95,
for a total at $110.70 (comes out to $22.14 Each, incl S/H)

http://store.azmusa.com/azmotorsports/batejr12v.html
 
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