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Old 01-04-2015, 08:55 PM   #1
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Dead Batteries

I store my 2013 Bay Star in a covered but not heated facility outside Portland Oregon. All batteries were dead after 2 months of not visiting. Took all 3 home and charged and now all is good. I cannot park at my house due to covenants. I can however park overnight without resistance. Question is should I have a 220v 50 amp plug installed in my garage next to the panel. Would parking and hooking up every 2-3 weeks overnight keep batteries up to acceptable levels?

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Old 01-04-2015, 09:04 PM   #2
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Yes I have the same problem here where I live. Make note plug is close enough so you can plug RV in no matter were you park it at home. I made the mistake that I back the RV in fine. Drive in forward cord not long enough.
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P.S, I also had the problem of draining my batteries because of a bad BCC board in my BIRD system. Replaced board and coach can sit outside in storage 2 to 3 months without any drain on batteries.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:06 PM   #4
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Why not just keep the batteries at home on a charger until you are ready to use the coach?

If you want to keep the batteries in the coach I wouldn't leave it longer than 2 weeks without charging all of them fully overnight.

Remember that plugging it in will only charge the house batteries unless you have a battery minder hooked up to the chassis battery.

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All you need is a 110-120 outlet so the converter can charge your batteries through the Bird System. The Bird charges all your batteries plugged in or driving.
It will also run your fridge to get that cooled down before your travels, that's about it on smaller power outlet.
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As 007 said. I have a 15A outlet where I store my MH and keep it plugged in all the time. When getting ready for a trip I go turn on the refrigerator a couple days ahead. Batteries are always ready to go.
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Hi jfran304,
All Newmar coaches have the capability to charge both coach and chassis batteries when connected to shore power. This feature is built in from the factory.
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