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Old 05-13-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Power or not to power?

Our new "brick and motor" home has an attached garage large enough for our 40 ft MH. I can plug into 50 amp power if I wish. We're not using any appliances. What is the best method for short-term storage regarding use of external power? Plug in ever week or two to keep the battery's topped off? Thanks

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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Hi iFLY2,
Your Newmar coach should have an intelligent charger. If so, plug it in and let it sleep. My coach is connected to shore power whenever it is stationary.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:44 PM   #3
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I have a 50 amp outlet where I keep her, I leave the frige loaded up and the ac set on 80 . ..It's hot in Tallahassee

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:02 PM   #4
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You should be able to just leave it plugged in. You probably don't need 50 amps if its parked in a garage. I wouldn't suggest using the A/C unless you leave the door open and maybe have a large fan blowing the heat from the condenser coils out of the building.

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:10 PM   #5
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If you have an intelligent multi-stage converter charging the batteries, leave it plugged in. Otherwise, if you do, check the battery water FREQUENTLY as a single-stage converter will boil 'em dry in a few weeks, if not sooner.

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Old 05-13-2012, 06:09 PM   #6
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My MH is seven years old and has always been stored and plugged into power. My facility is just a roof with no sides so running the a/c is no problem.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:18 PM   #7
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In TX. We plug into a 20A outlet, 120V. We have 50A of 240 available.
We have the AC set at 80 and simply check the batteries.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:40 PM   #8
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With a 'smart' charger, plug it in and leave it alone.
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:45 PM   #9
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Hi iFLY2,
Your Newmar coach should have an intelligent charger. If so, plug it in and let it sleep. My coach is connected to shore power whenever it is stationary.
Second... Since I had the wires in place, I put in a 20 amp circuit (with a 30 amp outlet on the end of it) and used an adapter to plug in all winter.. Of course I use my coach nearly every day summer or winter (It is my radio "Shack" (A shack with a six figure price tag BEFORE you add the radios, Some shack).

With the Progressive Dynamics 9180+wizard..... I had to water my Batteries, (Which by the way are over due, I'll check them tomorrow when I have some "Down time" every Mother's day. The 9180+wizard (or the 9200 series) are among the very best Converters.. I might add it is a very long list. (The very best) Many entries on it..

There is also a worst list.. Much shorter. (Single stage converters fit on that list).
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I leave my coach plugged in all the time as well. As others have said, no issues as long as you have a multi-stage charger.

To each his own, but unless you get free electricity, it would seem to be a waste of energy to leave the A/C on during storage. It gets hot here in CA as well, but the A/C can cool things down rather quickly. And unless you have a residential fridge I wouldn't recommend leaving the fridge on 24/7 either. Again, to each his own, but with the fire hazards associated with the absorption type fridges, I personally don't feel comfortable leaving mine on all the time, although many people do.

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Old 05-18-2012, 07:33 PM   #11
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Keep it plugged in.
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We keep ours powered up in its garage, with the fridge on also. I almost never winterize it as we head south before real winter weather, so we will leave the aqua-heat on to Keep it warm enough to prevent something from freezing. That requires some good venting to keep the fumes out of the building. Separate garage. We also put a sat dish on the garage or record stuff for grand kids when we travel.
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Ours is plugged in all of the time and I leave the refrigerator on also. Before we leave on our next trip, I will pull the batteries out and check the water level in each of them, just to be on the safe side as they are very expensive to replace. Happy trails!
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Ours is stored outside of my shop we leave it plugged into a 50 amp outlet 24/7 during the season. It's always loaded and ready to go if we get the urge, time, and spare $. Now all we need is a sewer hook up and we'll rent the house out and live out there, come and go as we please! Wishful thinking I know but doesn't hurt to dream a little!

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