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PastorCharlie

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Posted: 12/09/21 06:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Plugged in with heat pump on in winter and A/C on in summer. Make numerous trips thru-out the year. Never have to winterize. On a trip currently in mountains with lows in 20s at night.

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Posted: 12/09/21 11:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If we aren't using it and the fridge is empty for a week or more, we typically unplug and disconnect the battery.

Generally, it's likely to be fine but...

Why burn the extra power and risk a voltage surge or some other electrical issue while you are not around to quickly address it.


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We always leave it plugged in to a 50amp outlet. There is minimal effect on the electricity bill and it sometimes is the doghouse when we have guests that are afraid of dogs. One of our grand daughters primarily.


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A lot of the answers seem to depend on the location. Here in PA my fifth-wheel is winterized and not going to be used for the next 5 months. The battery is removed and sitting in my insulated garage on a board right behind my motorcycle that most likely won't see the road for the same amount of time. I have a maintainer/charger that gets moved between the two every two weeks over the winter. The breakers on the RV supply post are both off and the
rv cord is stowed out of the weather.


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Plugged in. BUT, I replaced the OEM converter/charger with one that will take care of the batteries rather than boil them dry. (I had the replacement converter/charger before I even took delivery of the TT. It went in the next day.)
OEM was Parallax/Magnatek, replacement was Progressive Dynamics.


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Plugged in, fully charged and ready to go...as our TT is also an escape vehicle should there be a need to evacuate (Fremont-Winema National Forest is my backyard neighbor).

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BB_TX wrote:

Always plugged in whether in storage or RV park for 14 years and no problem.


Same here for 18 years.


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I leave my TT pluged in. Its winterized, and I toggle the battery disconect on and off every so often so they dont overcharged. We get snow here also, a little less then PA, but it can be bad. I dont use it in the winter, but i may need to get something from it , check it, or in an emergency use it. We loose power a bit where I live and its easier to just hook the generator up to the camper and stay there. This is mostly in the summer, but who knows what can or will happen. Yes I could always run a line over if needed, but much easier to just change plugs in the garage.


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Posted: 12/10/21 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I connect my batteries to a Battery Minder when I am not using it. The one I have can maintain up to 8 batteries at one time. It has an automatic desulfator. It has settings for different kinds pf batteries. It has an ambient temp sensor to adjust the voltage based on temperature. I think it is a great way to extend the life of your batteries.


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Bobbo wrote:

Plugged in. BUT, I replaced the OEM converter/charger with one that will take care of the batteries rather than boil them dry.


Simple Test: Measure your house battery voltage with the converter/charger turned on, after it has been running for a few days.

If you measure something in the 13.2 - 13.8 volt DC range, your converter is doing a decent job of maintaining the batteries. If the voltage is much higher than that, you're probably going to need to add water frequently.

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