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Old 04-03-2006, 02:23 PM   #1
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I did a search but couldn't find a definate answer. A coworker says his dad and his BIL plug their TTs up to shore power after each trip and unplug before they depart on another trip. Would this be a good habit or could it cause problems.
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I did a search but couldn't find a definate answer. A coworker says his dad and his BIL plug their TTs up to shore power after each trip and unplug before they depart on another trip. Would this be a good habit or could it cause problems.
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It will all depend on your charger/converter. Some chargers will keep charging no matter the level of the battery. Some of the newer more advanced chargers will monitor the battery level and charge accordingly. I leve my trailer plugged in most of the time and have had no ill effects. Read your owners manual for the converter/charger, and should tell you if its is okay.
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Like Rick said, depends on the convertor. My first 5er I bought a Smart Charger (forget the exact name) that plugged into a "phone type" plug on the convertor. If the battery was plugged in continuously it would "exercise" the battery. I no longer have the ability to leave my trailer plugged in all the time.
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I always have my trailer plugged in - ever since I bought it in 1996. The coach batteries are original, although they just now need to be replaced as they don't hold too much of a charge anymore. The new owner can do that.

I plan to continue this practice with the new 5er, but I will read up on the converter operation.
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when we lived in Florida, it stayed plugged in 24/7, a/c ran alot to keep the humidity down, did go through a set of batteries when the charger went ape Sh#$ and boiled teh electrolyte out
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Our last 2 5th wheels have been equipped with the Progressive Dynamics Intellipower converter to which I added the Charge Wizard accessory. Both 5th wheels stay plugged in continuously while in covered storage - I'll top up the batteries maybe 1-2 times per year.

As others have mentioned, if you have a "dumb" converter/charger, it will boil the batteries dry in short order.

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