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Old 11-04-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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Winter Plug In Question

Hello Again All,

We are getting ready to store our 35' Tradewinds for the winter, but plan on heading to Daytona in February. We are all winterized and ready for storage in our unheated pole barn. I have everything turned off and was wonder the amperage draw on the battery charger/conditioner, can I adapt my 50 amp service cord down to a 20 plug, and just plug into an outlet to keep the batteries up? Nothing worse than messing with dead batteries in Feb. in Ohio. If this is not a safe practice or recommended, please let me know the route.

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Old 11-04-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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I live in Thunder Bay Ontario and do exactly that for my motorhome and it has never been a problem. I also have been told to make sure batteries have been charged and then disconnect but I have lost batteries twice to freezing with the disconnect method. I was told that the key to leaving it plugged in is to ensure they are topped up in the fall and to check them periodically to ensure they don't go dry. This has worked for me both in my motorhome and my boat for years.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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If you have a good 3 stage charger, go for it. Did that for year's with my 2000 Dolphin.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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I have run a Progressive Dynamics 9180 with charge wizard (This is an 80 amp converter/charger) with batteries so far down they would not light up the inside lights on the RV, with a 1,000 watt (less than 10 amps) generator.

So the answer to your question is YES, you can indeed adapt your 50 amp rig to 15 amps for battery maintenance.

Most RV stores and even Wal-mart, should (may in WM case) have the needed pigtail adapter.

Or you can 2-strep it (50-30-15) Wallmart will have those.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:20 PM   #5
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I can't find what year your Tradewinds is so I'll just tell you about my 1999. I have a Freedom 2000 Inverter/Charger and have left it plugged in Winter and Summer since 2007 with no problems. I measured the Power draw with a Kill-A-Watt device P3 International P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor - Amazon.com and it draws between 40 to 100 Watts with nothing on except the charger. I check the water level in my batteries monthly and so far have only had to add water in the fall and spring.

The batteries have stayed healthy since I replaced them in 2010. I bought them at Sam's Club for about $80 and they are Golf Cart deep cycle batteries.

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Add tons of dryer sheets through out the rig to keep the critters out!
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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Add tons of dryer sheets through out the rig to keep the critters out!
I have heard this a thousand times it don't work for me. Here is what I do.I spray the ground around the coach with a spray bottle filled with laundry bleach. I don't do this in campsites only where I store the unit.
Don't get it on the tires.
I do this when it will be parked for some time and just kinda use my discretion.
Bleach does not hurt the environment, at least that is what I'm told.
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Thank you everyone! I just ordered a 50 amp to 20 amp adaptor. And we ordered a bottle of Oil of Pepperment. I have heard that mouses hate the pepperment odor, we plan on using about 25 cotton balls well soaked in the oil then placed in shallow cups throughout the RV. I am open to any suggestions that you all may have to improve the effectiveness also!

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I starting using the plug in noise emitting rodent devices. Work flawlessly ... I wouldn't believe it ...but they do !
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Thank you everyone! I just ordered a 50 amp to 20 amp adaptor. And we ordered a bottle of Oil of Pepperment. I have heard that mouses hate the pepperment odor, we plan on using about 25 cotton balls well soaked in the oil then placed in shallow cups throughout the RV. I am open to any suggestions that you all may have to improve the effectiveness also!

Thanks again for everyones input, this is one of the best forums I have a member of in a long time!!

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x2 in the peppermint oil, but you only need a drop or two on a cotton ball and no need for the shallow dish either. The oil evaporates in about 30 or so days and will need to be renewed. It DOES work.
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