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kellem

Shenandoah valley,VA

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Posted: 01/01/22 12:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trailer is fully stocked and heated all winter and is plugged in 24/7.

Gjac

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Posted: 01/02/22 07:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most batteries die from sulfation so keeping them plugged in will prevent that. However I never keep mine plugged in unless I want to charge them. Right now the batteries are not on a charger and won't be recharged until spring. I fully charged them in Nov then disconnect the neg cable on the chassis battery and hit the disconnect on the house batteries. During the summer if the MH is not used I will recharge when the batteries drop to 80% SOC. My 2 6v GC Sam's Club batteries are 15 years old now, each year I expect to replace them because of age but they continue to last a week of dry camping with no genset recharge. I think constant charging causes more plate shedding. However when capacity seems lower I will equalize and desulfate. Hope to get another season out of them.

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