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obiwancanoli

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Posted: 06/09/21 05:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I found that keeping my 50A plugged in all the time really drove up my electric costs... and I discovered that my solar was doing more than enough to keep things charged, so, unplugged... check things occasionally, of course, but now, at lower cost

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Posted: 06/09/21 07:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never when not in use. 30 watt solar keeps batteries topped off.


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Posted: 06/09/21 06:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have owned 4 different class A's and have always kept them plugged into a 50 amp service when at home. If you have a smart charger your batteries will just be maintained on a float charge. My current batteries are AGM so that makes life a bit easier.


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Posted: 06/10/21 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

craig7h wrote:

Always plugged in, and in summer frig running also 24/7.


Same for me. No problems with battery water levels.


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Posted: 06/10/21 08:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last 2 rigs both having smart charging technology are always plugged in while stored in our side yards, just check water periodically topping off a couple times a year. We keep our 4 door RV fridge running during the active RV season, uses roughly 300 watts which adds $20 electric bill monthly.

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Posted: 06/10/21 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

craig7h wrote:

Always plugged in, and in summer frig running also 24/7.


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Whether in the barn or outside, our coach has been plugged in when not actually traveling for 16 years.

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Posted: 06/12/21 07:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess in America we all think differantly but the only time I plug mine in is to recharge the batteries. I realize that most batteries die due to sulfation but keeping them plugged in 24/7 means the battery plates are always shedding lead due to the electrical charge and the chemical reaction inside. I dry camp 99% of the time so I only recharge once I get home usually after a week and my batteries are about 50-60% SOC. If not camping I let them self discharge to 80% SOC then recharge. Over winter I fully charge in November and recharge in April. My house batteries are 14 years now and still working fine. I do equalize and desulfate several times a year which helps to extend battery life.

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Posted: 06/14/21 08:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was instructed, if not using, plug in a few days of a week a month or you will boil your batteries, if using of course keep plugged in.


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Posted: 06/25/21 11:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not any more. Fries the batteries if they're not being used. Any time in storage a week or more I disconnect and hook up the Noco maintainer.

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