Winter storage on 2010 Mini Cooper

Does this need a trickle or float charger when garaged for the winter? Is there any other special thing to do before storing it?

by in Shoreham, NY on September 28, 2010
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ANSWER by on October 03, 2010
You need a float charger. A float charger only charges up to the voltage of a charged battery. A trickle charger charges a small amount of amperage all the time, it will ruin your battery if left on for a long time. Use a float charger. That's what I use for that purpose. I wouldn't think there's anything else you need to do if the coolant solution is good and the fuel tank is full to avoid condensation. Add a gasoline preservative like Sta-Bil or something like that to keep the fuel good. Not a bad idea to change the oil & filter if they're not pretty fresh, too.
COMMENT by on October 04, 2010
Thank you so much. The dealership told me to change the oil after storeage (synthetic). The cooper only gets changed 1x/year. I've never done this before and hope I can attach the charger w/o problem. ANy make or model preferred?