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Old 11-14-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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Winter shore power

I Winter our coach indoors every Winter and leave it plugged to shore power 24/7. The house batts are watered once a month and chassis batts are on a trickle charge 24/7.The shop never gets below freezing and I do drain all tanks and lines. I wish I could run the genset during the snowy months but I'm worried that I could not get the coach back in the shop. With this all said is there any reason why I should not keep the shore power on to the coach?
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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I'd keep it plugged in.

If you want to exercise the generator can you attach a hose to the exhaust and run it outdoors?
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:52 PM   #3
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Tired vet we keep our in an enclosed garage. No heat. AC power to coach 24/7. We are prone to ice storms which interrupt the power for several days. I added two exhaust ports for the generator and hydra hot. Used aluminum 4" drier duct from coach exhaust to the outside wall. Used aluminum 90 degree rotatable to get thru wall. We can stay in the coach in the garage and run both with out fear of carbon monoxide poison.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:01 PM   #4
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You do not need to run the generator. Look at your Onan manual about storage. I don't know where this idea came from that you have to run it every month. Do you run your Cummins engine every month ? Of course not.
I am confused you are treating your house and chassis battery differently. If you have 120v to your coach the inverter/charger will keep both batteries topped up so why add a trickle charger?
If your shop does not drop below freezing why did you drain the water tanks?
I would be more concerned about the tires sitting in one place for several months. Inflate them to the max sidewall pressure (110psi or 120psi) and reduce the weight on them by using the leveling jacks. This will prevent them flat-spotting.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply John.Your the first that I've heard to say, no need to run the generator. As for the trickle charger that is for added piece of mind. I drain all water so as not to let it go stagnant or deposit scale due to hard water. I should of stated that I do leave the coach on the level jacks. Inflating tires to max pressure or close to sounds like a good idea.
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John, It does seem a little confusing on our coach application.
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