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Old 01-14-2016, 07:43 PM   #1
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Thoughts on connecting to power when parked at home. Good or bad?
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:52 PM   #2
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Do you feel a need to? I have a 50amp hook up at my house, but I primarily use it to power the rig up and get ready for a trip. Get the AC running, cool the fridge and freezer, etc. It may be good to hook it up from time to time just to top off the batteries though.
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:01 PM   #3
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At the moment, we have a 2015 21 foot TT. I have had it hooked up to the house before going on trips using a 30amp to 110v(?) adapter. I use it to cool the frig and confirm everything is working.

If you are asking with reference to a more permanent setup, I am hooked up to a 30amp outlet where I store my trailer. I also have a main power shut off next to my batteries on the trailer. I will recharge the batteries from time to time and then kill the power both from the 30amp and from the batteries to the trailer. Haven't had any issues...but then the trailer is only about a year and a half old.

Hope that, at least, sort a helps.

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Old 01-14-2016, 10:32 PM   #4
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I keep my MH hooked up at my house in TN all the time. I got a 50 amp service put in last year. I like to keep the climate from extremes. Not freezing in winter and not getting to 140 degrees in the summer. Not worried about using a little extra electricity to keep my RV from these extreme temps inside the coach. If you do stay plugged in, remember to check and top off your batteries every couple of months and you're good to go.
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I have always connected to 15A power while at home - it tops up the batteries to 100% charge and keeps them there (it can take up to 48-72 hours to get to 100%, depending on state of charge before plugging in to shore power). In addition I run fridge on electric as well.

I monitor voltage and charge rate when I first plug in to make sure I do not exceed 15A circuit rating. A 30 or 50A service would be better but I manage OK.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:05 PM   #6
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Our 5vr is hooked up to 30A next to house.......FHU parking

5vr is stocked ready to go except for frozen foods, fresh produce and milk

Fridge is ON.....beer/soda cold
Inverter/charger maintaining batteries

Use it as:
Man Cave especially summer time when working in yard
Guest quarters when family/friends visit
Emergency events......power outages

Monthly cost to be plugged in--------roughly $25/month
Worth it to me.

Our Dometic Fridge has been ON except for periods of defrosting since Nov 2006
using either electric or propane
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I have a 50 amp coach that stays plugged in to my home 30 amp all the time. I have a quality inverter/charger so I rarely have to add water to my batteries. If you have a single stage charger, you might run the risk of boiling your batteries.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:10 AM   #8
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Young men said "Briefs"
Middle age said "Boxers"
Seniors said "Depends"

(old joke, Depends is the answer to your question)

Depends on your converter.. I will list only the extreams here

Magnetek 6300 series is a very poorly regulated single stage charger, It is known for boiling batteries dry in as little as 1-2 weeks once they are charged.. DO NOT leave plugged in for months on end.

Progressive Dynamics Intell-power 9200.. Is a very well regulated 3-stage converter.. I leave mine (Well mine is a 9180 with wizard, Equal to the 9280) full time Does it boil the batties dry.. Well yes, but it takes over a year to do it. when they are new. Best dang converter I've found.

Many other makes and models in between but it is the converter that answers your question . A good 3 stage, in fact most any 3 stage, i'd leave plugged in and check monthly.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:29 AM   #9
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Thoughts on connecting to power when parked at home. Good or bad?
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My coach, (which will be 20 years old tomorrow), has ALWAYS been plugged in... (except when it's rolling, when we are boondocking, dry camping or overnighting where there is no shore power available).
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Old 01-15-2016, 02:58 PM   #10
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Mine stays plugged in to a 20A circuit 24/7.
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Been doing it pretty much since I started RV'ing in 1968 with my first TT, and before that (since 1958) my parents did it. Still do it to this day.
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I keep mine plugged in at my house 24/7. Like TS said, don't like the extreme temps. I use ceramic heaters. I also keep the wet bays warm, but have those heaters plugged into another source of 110 with extension cords. YMMV
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With a smart charger and good batteries (gel/AGM), leave it plugged in all the time.
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At home we are plugged into a 20 amp service at the end of a 10/3 100' extenction (sp) cord. It runs the AC at 95F and the 110/12 volt ref. The heaters are set at 40F to keep the coach and bays above freezing. We run the propane heaters off an extend - a - stay connection with a 20# tank. Every couple of weeks I weight the tank to be sure it isn't empty. In over 8 years we've never used a 2nd tank through the winter BUT we are about the same lat as Houston ie: snow every 10 yrs on the ground for at least 12 hrs. BRRRRRR really cold for a south TEXAN.


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