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Old 05-11-2016, 06:06 PM   #1
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Keeping batteries charged

Would like to ask those with years of experience this question: is it ok to keep my Country Coach plugged in continuously? The inverter keeps the house batteries charged....but can this harm the batteries when we are not using the coach? Thanks for your wisdom and response...
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Would like to ask those with years of experience this question: is it ok to keep my Country Coach plugged in continuously? The inverter keeps the house batteries charged....but can this harm the batteries when we are not using the coach? Thanks for your wisdom and response...
I always used a battery tender. It uses very little power and desulfates the batteries. I don't like keeping the coach plugged in because of the danger of a lightening strike.
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It shouldn't if it's a reasonably modern inverter smart charger.
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Your CC is not your average coach and I'm sure will have premium battery maintenance system. It should maintain battery voltage at 13.6 to 13.8 VDC. No problem leaving it plugged in continuously.

I keep my Dutchstar plugged in 24-7 unless we are on the road.
If you have Wet Cell (Flooded) Batteries, just make sure to check water levels at least every 3 months and top up with distilled water as required. You don't want the level to go below the plates which will severely reduce battery life.
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If quality charger, not a problem. If a single stage or similar charger I would suggest to upgrade it or use a separate quality battery maintainer.
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Would like to ask those with years of experience this question: is it ok to keep my Country Coach plugged in continuously? The inverter keeps the house batteries charged....but can this harm the batteries when we are not using the coach? Thanks for your wisdom and response...
keep a eye on the water level.some over charge and the batteries need water monthly
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Multi cell auto fill kit really works nice, wish had them on my boats in the past.


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Mine are always being kept up. If not on shore power, I have solar power. I don't turn tue use/store button even to store. When it sits without shorepower, it draws during the night enough to give it a slight discharge and the solar charges it up to max the next day. Just keep an eye on your water level if you have wet batteries.
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No harm, but do check the water in the cells once in awhile if they are the flooded cell type (not sealed). The 3-stage charger in your CC will do a fine and safe job of keeping the charge up.

Our coach is 12 years old and rarely unplugged unless we are driving. And even then the genset may be running...
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We keep our rig plugged in and the fridge running when we are home. I do check the batteries occasionally and add distilled water when needed.
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We keep our rig plugged in and the fridge running when we are home. I do check the batteries occasionally and add distilled water when needed.

Do you have a residential or absorption fridge?
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It shouldn't if it's a reasonably modern inverter smart charger.
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Good to know. Going by things I've read they say things like "today's modern inverter / chargers perform stage charging"
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Your CC is not your average coach and I'm sure will have premium battery maintenance system. It should maintain battery voltage at 13.6 to 13.8 VDC. No problem leaving it plugged in continuously.

I keep my Dutchstar plugged in 24-7 unless we are on the road.
If you have Wet Cell (Flooded) Batteries, just make sure to check water levels at least every 3 months and top up with distilled water as required. You don't want the level to go below the plates which will severely reduce battery life.
My wife and I just purchased our first MH. Yes, Newbies. Been reading many of the post, learning as I go along but will ask a question if I see a post that makes me want to know more about. I spent time as a youth on a small farm with farm machinery, some with engines. When doing preventive maintenance, if we saw the batteries needed water, we added plain water and not distilled. Why distilled water?
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