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Old 10-20-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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How do you store yours?

The only power source at the place where I store my rig is a standard 20 amp outlet. In the past, I have always plugged in and left all the batteries connected. A recent charging issue (see my previous posts if interested) led to the purchase of 3 new house batteries. My repair guy recommended to disconnect all batteries while in storage.
What do y'all do? Plugged in or unplugged? Batteries connected or disconnect switches engaged? I realize that this question may be akin to asking about auxiliary toad brakes and residential vs RV fridges. It may be a personal preference, but I am interested in your opinions.


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Old 10-20-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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I leave mine plugged in for the winter but also make sure to check the battery fluid levels. Nov. To April.

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Old 10-20-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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We always used our in winters, but from April until sometime in Oct, it is plugged in for a few days, then un plugged for a few days. It is always stored in my pole barn when we are home.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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My first set of house batteries lasted almost 13 years! I have a three stage charger. The MH is plugged in all the time. I check the battery water level and state of charge every 2-3 weeks. I only use steam distilled water in them.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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Depends on what is ON in the coach. If there is no draw - the manual probably recommends not running a charge continuously. I check the battery water levels before storing - make sure there is a full charge before storing. I check the charge levels about every other week and if they drop - plug in for a couple of days. Checking on the batteries also gets me out to the shed to check for rodents. The manual definately says don't leave charging if there is no electrical draw.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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Hey John - beautiful country up there - got up to Copper Harbor to visit friends in the summer of 2012.....
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #7
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under 200 $ one sharp 80 watt or 120 watt well push 5 to 8 amps giving what one you get charger controller 120$

80 watt 5 amps x 5 = 25 ... well really 20 amps a day
120 watt 8 amps x 5 = 40 real world 35 amps a day

so i am mot sure if storeg well cost more for a standard 20 amp outlet
but in the long run a upgrade like this for 330$ is all most the price fro just one battery now days
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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We leave ours plugged in year round. It is stored in a heated garage, and we use it some through the winter also. The fridge has been on since we got it, so its always ready to roll.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #9
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No winter storage activities needed here in SoCal. The coach sits on the rear of our property between typically monthly outings. Solar panels on the roof provide for battery charging while it sits.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:22 PM   #10
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I'm plugged in all winter, have AGM's, zero problems or worries.
The Magnum charger/inverter keeps everything under control.
I do have the battery disconnect switch to shut off all possible
drains, and the system keeps all 4 house and 2 chassis batteries
charged properly. Five years running, stored each winter for
5 months at a time.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:23 PM   #11
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I store next to my house with full hookups.

After a trip I plug into shore power for a couple days to charge the batteries and then switch off the house and chassis batteries. My coach has battery disconnect switches.

I keep the shore power plugged in most of the time although I leave nothing turned on.

Several times a year I check my battery water levels.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:36 PM   #12
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When we moved to Indiana we built a motorhome garage to keep the old girl in. No wiring yet so we have a extension cord from the house to plug in the battery minder. Hope to wire it next year.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:44 PM   #13
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Keep it next to the house, plugged in 24/7/365 when not on the road. OEM batteries lasted one month short of 10 years and even then were good enough for our use.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:02 AM   #14
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I use a tiny Schumacher trickle charger on the batteries all winter, with the master shutoff turned off...........the maintainer seems to keep them topped off while not gassing them....... JB

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