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Old 06-21-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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Plan to leave our 2013 adventurer on an RV Pad for the next for the next 4 months. We will be there every 3 or 4 weeks. I know to put the slides in, but what are the advantages and disadvantages of leaving the power on or off. Thanks for your replies.
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A couple advantages your batteries will stay charged and you can leave fridge on.
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Power on= refrig on and cooling. If it is hot the AC will keep it nicer inside and keep the humidity down. T%urn water heater off along with the water supply to RV.
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If I had that option, I would hook up. Then turn everything off except for trickle charging both battery banks. Do buy a quality trickle charger suitable for the amperage of the batteries.

For long-term storage I can recommend the Miser Caps for batteries that are not maintenance free. This way you will loose less acid/fluid than with your regular battery caps. I have tried them for long term storage and they really work.
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This is almost like a storage scenario. If you have a multi stage charger, you can leave it plugged in but I'd worry about the batteries anyway. You didn't say what type they are or what kind of charger, or where you'd be leaving the coach. All those things can make a difference. The convenience of leaving the fridge and a/c on is nice but there's more to it than that. When I leave ours in storage, I shut off batteries to both the chassis and coach and they're always fine when we return. If I were you, that's the advice I'd give. In any case, turn off the water when you leave (also the water heater)- as others have mentioned. Have a great time.
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Plan to leave our 2013 adventurer on an RV Pad for the next for the next 4 months. We will be there every 3 or 4 weeks. I know to put the slides in, but what are the advantages and disadvantages of leaving the power on or off. Thanks for your replies.
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We leave our coach sit in our yard plugged into a 15A receptacle, (with which the on board inverter charger automatically maintains the house batteries).
After parking it I simply make sure everything, (whether 120VAC, 12VDC or LP), is OFF or unplugged, (except the inverter/charger).
I've done that every year, (sometimes for as long as 6 months at a time), for 14 years.
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We leave our coach sit in our yard plugged into a 15A receptacle, (with which the on board inverter charger automatically maintains the house batteries).
After parking it I simply make sure everything, (whether 120VAC, 12VDC or LP), is OFF or unplugged, (except the inverter/charger).
I've done that every year, (sometimes for as long as 6 months at a time), for 14 years.
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Same here. Ours is in a garage in a boat storage faciltiy with power. Inverter/charger (charger only) is on, everything else off.
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Pull grounds to coach and chassis batteries and leave it unplugged. I wouldn't feel safe leaving mine plugged in and be gone for weeks at a time. But then I store mine at my house and see it every day.
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Power on or off

My 2013 Adventurer which I bought new in Dec 2012, has been hooked up to 50 amp in my barn every day that it is not being used. This includes two winters. I have added water to the batteries once.

I run the air or heat year round to keep the interior temperatures within a reasonable window, say 40F or so in the winter and 79F or so in the summer. I don't think most of the motorhome interiors like a huge swing in temps or humidity.

I certainly would make sure the fresh water tank and holding tanks were treated properly after emptying them of course.
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My 2013 Adventurer which I bought new in Dec 2012, has been hooked up to 50 amp in my barn every day that it is not being used. This includes two winters. I have added water to the batteries once.

I run the air or heat year round to keep the interior temperatures within a reasonable window, say 40F or so in the winter and 79F or so in the summer. I don't think most of the motorhome interiors like a huge swing in temps or humidity.

I certainly would make sure the fresh water tank and holding tanks were treated properly after emptying them of course.



This is what I've always done with my RVs. They've always been "stored"
at my house, under a car port/shed. Fridge on, so it cycles regularly, along with heat or air, whichever is needed. I'm with you khog, I never felt extreme temps were good on any appliance or furniture.
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So far those that leave their power on are close to the coach,in the barn or garage. My concern other than batteries I will be 500 miles away, so if something happened I would not be available to deal with it.
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