Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-09-2009, 01:44 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 41
Question Ok to keep plugged in at home?

I have the advantage of storing my motorhome at home. We live in a very hot climate where summer temperature average between 95 and 100 during the day. My motorhome has a thermostat controlled exhaust fan. Will it hurt anything to leave it plugged in and set the exhaust fan to 85 to try to keep the interior somewhat cool? The fan runs in the afternoon and evening but usually shuts off at night. I don't want to srew up my batteries or anything else for that matter!
__________________

__________________
ronyrhythm is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-09-2009, 02:31 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,085
It is fine to keep it plugged in all the time. Just keep an eye on the water in the batteries and replace as needed (unless they are the sealed type).
__________________

__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 03:03 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
wa8yxm's Avatar
 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22,821
The answer to your question is found in your converter.. There are basically 2 types of converters

I have a Progressive Dynamics 9180 with wizard, this is a top quality 3-stage converter, it babies my batteries, and as a result I need to water them lke.. once a year or so.

Some RV's have a low end single stage converter which takes a long time to charge up the house batteries.... but never quits charging and as a result once they are full up it keeps on pumping in power and boils them dry in as little as a week

So, tell us what you have for a converter.

And we will tell you if you can leave it plugged in.
__________________
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 03:53 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Korryp's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sammamish, WA
Posts: 159
As a standard practice you should be checking the water (distilled) level in your batteries at least every three months if you leave it plugged in.
__________________
'07 Fleetwood Bounder Diesel 38N
Brazel's added: MP-8, Aero Muffler, Koni FSD Shocks, Bell Crank and Comfort Ride Control Valves. '08 Ford Escape Hybrid, Brakemaster 9100
Korryp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 03:30 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Walnut Creek Ca USA
Posts: 641
My experience is that no matter the price paid for your coach it will most likely have a very poor converter installed that will ruin your batteries. If you do not have a 3 or 4 stage charger or a converter that requires a pendant to obtain 3 stage charging leaving your rig plugged in will boil your batteries dry. I like both the Iota converters and the Progressive Dynamics converters.and they both are widely available. Check your converter.
-Paul R. Haller-
__________________
Paul R. Haller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 05:53 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
tmitchell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Punta Gorda, Fl.
Posts: 578
My 2004 DSDP is always plugged in when it is next to the house. Been doing it for 5-1/2 years, still using the original house batteries.
Tom
__________________
Tom, Pat and Buster (the Boston terrier)

2004 DSDP 3807, 370HP Spartan
tmitchell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 06:21 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Rocket Heart's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 472
Stupid question but how can you tell what type converter you have?
__________________
Tom "Rocket Heart" Emahiser
No RV at the present time.
Rocket Heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 07:12 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 41
Not a stupid question at all. I need to ask the same thing!

Help us out please!
__________________
ronyrhythm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 07:42 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Walnut Creek Ca USA
Posts: 641
Find your existing converter wherever it's hiding, in a cabinet or in storage areas, and look at the label then look it up on line or, if you are organized, find all your original paperwork that came with your rig and read the flyer labeled converter. Some are a fuse center and converter combined. Any converter made that's older then about 5 years or so probably will not be multi stage.
-Paul R. Haller-
__________________
Paul R. Haller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 08:09 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Dmiles's Avatar
 
Appalachian Campers
Forest River Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Suffolk, VA
Posts: 473
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul R. Haller View Post
Find your existing converter wherever it's hiding, in a cabinet or in storage areas, and look at the label then look it up on line or, if you are organized, find all your original paperwork that came with your rig and read the flyer labeled converter. -Paul R. Haller-
That's sound advise, that's exactly what I did this past spring. Unfortunately, if it is the original equipment that came with your coach like mine was, it's the POS (piece of crap) model like I had.

The good news is, you can now get exactly what you really want, and justify it to the family bean counter as an investment that will ultimately save money in the long run if you both live that long.
__________________
2011 Winnebago Vista 30W
Duane, Precy, 9 year old son Matt, and Abby, our American Eskimo.
Dmiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 07:41 AM   #11
Moderator Emeritus
 
RustyJC's Avatar


 
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Cypress, Texas USA
Posts: 8,854
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul R. Haller View Post
My experience is that no matter the price paid for your coach it will most likely have a very poor converter installed that will ruin your batteries.
Actually, one of the selling points when we bought our RV new was the quality of components used. The OEM converter was a Progressive Dynamics Intellipower 9180. I did have to add the Charge Wizard, however.

Rusty
__________________
2016 Ram Longhorn 3500 Dually 4x4 CCLB, 385/900 Cummins, Aisin AS69RC, 4.10
2014.5 DRV Mobile Suites 38RSSA #6972
Come join us on a TEXAS BOOMERS rally!
RustyJC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 09:08 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
wa8yxm's Avatar
 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22,821
I see this question all the time.. I will post two examples and the answers that go with them:

First a question: WHAT MAKE AND MODEL OF CONVERTER do you have?

Now the answers

If it is an older single stage converter/charger/battery killer such as the Magnetek 6300 series.. DO Not leave it plugged in full time till you replace with a newer 3-stage box. (and do please replace it)

If it's a newer 3-stage such as the Progressive Dynamics 9200, or 9100 with wizard, or .. Well it is a very long list. By all means

I have a 9180 with wizard (Why I choose PD as the example) and leave mine plugged in at least 50 weeks out of the year (The other two I'm boondocking) and I do admit I need to add distilled water to may batteries from time to time... About once a year

Some of those battery killers can boil 'em dry in a week,,,, Takes my PD a year, actually over a year (I've gone 14 months)
__________________
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 02:33 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Rocket Heart's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 472
Found my converter under my kitchen drawers. It's a Parallox7455. Looked it up on the Internet and it looks to be top of the line for them.

It does caution to check batteries often to prevent overcharging, which leads me to ask the question: why don't they cut off the charge until the batteries call for it?

Inquiring minds.....
__________________
Tom "Rocket Heart" Emahiser
No RV at the present time.
Rocket Heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 03:38 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Walnut Creek Ca USA
Posts: 641
I looked up your converter also.(Parallax 7455) It says that it is a 2 stage charging system "optional". I guess that means you'll need a charge wizard pendant or something like that. If it's plain stock it will have only a single charge system in place and it will overcharge your batteries. That's why they recommend checking the batteries frequently. Call Parallax and talk to them directly and ask about customizing your converter to provide 2 stage charging.
-Paul R. Haller-
__________________

__________________
Paul R. Haller is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trip Home mom2mastiffs Monaco Owner's Forum 5 10-20-2007 06:40 PM
Motor Home Glossary DriVer Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 0 08-01-2006 07:38 AM
marine's letter home mamaloya RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 4 04-18-2006 11:26 AM
Our New K-Z Frontier is home! tiniree 5th Wheel Discussion 1 08-30-2005 09:08 AM
8.1L GM Vortec 8100 -- Still the King of Gas Motor Home Power DriVer RV Industry Press 4 07-22-2005 08:55 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.