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Old 03-02-2013, 05:47 AM   #1
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keeping MH plugged in during winter

Seeing I am living in the cold climate I would like to know what happens if I keep the MH plugged in. I like to keep the batteries charged up but the solar panels are covered with snow and won't work .Any other problems I could encounter by keeping the MH pluuged in? We have a 2000 Tradewind. Thanks. Gerald
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:50 AM   #2
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Are you checking the battery water level periodically ?
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Gerald, I leave mine plugged in 24/7 365 days a year. Keeps the batteries in top condition. No problems, so I would say keep her plugged in. Keep in check with the water levels if they are wet cells.
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My 2c. I leave mine plugged in all the time. However. I have a switch on the isolation relay so I can shut it off and seperate the battery systems. I have a battery minder wired in for the chassis battery. They are $20.00. I don't like charging the deep cycle batteries and the regular chassis battery togeather all the time.
That said. I would leave it plugged in. You need to keep an eye on the water (electrolyte) levels in all batteries. They tend to lose less while being kept up by the system in your coach. If you don't keep them charged and they run down in cold weather they could freeze and break open. Then you have a mess.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:20 AM   #5
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Ditto on keeping it powered up. We also keep the refrigerator on and read to go. As mentioned above, just maintain the batteries. I suspect that power usage is smaller and may extend the life if the batteries if you also keep them serviced, but that is just a guess.
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Thanks for all your replies. Now I know what to do. Cheers Gerald
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:31 AM   #7
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It seems you are parked outdoors ? If so, what else are you doing ?
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Ours is plugged in 8/7 - on a timer to power on for 8 hours in the evening each day. Cuts down on the electric usage a bit. Reduces usage during peak hours, albeit a very small amount.
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Having the charger plugged in all the time is a good Idea to maintain the batteries fully charged. However, if you do not have a smart charger you may want to have it on a timer as Vince has his. Most smart chargers will go into a boost mode once a day for about 15 or 20 minutes to reduce sulfation of the plates when in the storage mode. With the timer turning the charger on and off it will get the acid moving in the battery and reduce the sulfation. The Battery Minder is an excellent way to prevent and remove sulfation in the battery. They employ Pulse Width Modulation (PMW) to remove and prevent sulfation.

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Hi Scooter; Other than the normal winterizing procedures I don't do anything else unless you have some suggestions for me what to do. Cheers Gerald
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We live in a cold climate also and keep our Dolphin plugged in 24/7. Ours is stored outside as well, on the side of our home. Have the jacks extended a little further than usual for less weight on the suspension. Not sure that it's makes a difference, just something I do. We also keep the tires covered to keep the sun from getting to them. Then of course normal winterizing.
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Gerald, it sound like you have drained your water lines. If not,I have put a drop light with a 60 watt bulb inside our wet bay where there are fill lines and waste line valves.

We have also set the furnace to go on when the coach interior gets to 50 degrees or so as some of the heat will get to the various tanks. We have also set up a space heater with a thermostat inside the coach.

Also we do set some Dri-Z-Aire moisture catchers inside the coach.
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Thanks again for everybodys help much appreciated. Gerald
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