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Old 09-23-2016, 09:15 PM   #1
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New to RV ownership . Have a question.

When my RV is not in use and is at home in the garage, is it a good idea to keep it plugged into power ? If so, why?
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:19 PM   #2
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What kind of RV? I don't keep mine plugged in.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:23 PM   #3
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Kept ours plugged in full time beside the house, been doing that for 30 years with no troubles. Last set of batteries in the previous rig ('02 DSDP) lasted 10 years which I consider good.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:32 PM   #4
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IMO, yes, it should be plugged in to maintain your house batteries. Most RVs have parasitic drains (electrical "leaks" that will drain your batteries, even with everything theoretically shut off). Keeping it plugged in will allow your onboard charger/conditioner to take care of your batteries.
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I keep mine plugged in, just remember to check your battery fluid levels.
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Yes plugged in.
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Yes, I keep the MH on shore power and keep the HVAC on 80 to keep the insides from roasting in the very hot Georgia weather and then when we get freezing temps, in addition to antifreeze in the water systems, I keep lights on thermostats inside and in the basement keep ity above freezing.
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We keep power on for battery charging. In hot summer months turn on air conditioning to 85 degrees.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:48 PM   #9
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We keep ours plugged in, refrigerator running and ready year round. We have been doing this since 1983. Have replaced converter two times on current motorhome.
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Plugged in when not on road. First thing we do when stopping is plug in, last thing when leaving is unplug.
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After ruining a set of 3 new batteries by leaving my motorhome connected, I no longer do so. Before I store it, I fully charge the batteries, then disconnect the negative cable that goes to ground. They stay fine for 3 months that way.

Being in Florida - "The Lightning Capital of America" - I don't want to worry about surges damaging any of my expensive electrical equipment. Even when I am at a campground, I unplug from shore power when a thunderstorm is coming in. I just run on battery or generator until the storm passes.
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Also vote to leave it plugged in. Along with the other reasons mentioned above, an absorption refer in high humidity areas has a limited life, averaging 7 years. Whereas a refer left on all the time, (except for defrosting occasionally), has the possibility of lasting decades. But I'm not talking about those refer models that have the tendency of bursting into flame.
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After ruining a set of 3 new batteries by leaving my motorhome connected, I no longer do so. Before I store it, I fully charge the batteries, then disconnect the negative cable that goes to ground. They stay fine for 3 months that way.

Being in Florida - "The Lightning Capital of America" - I don't want to worry about surges damaging any of my expensive electrical equipment. Even when I am at a campground, I unplug from shore power when a thunderstorm is coming in. I just run on battery or generator until the storm passes.
When we lived in Orlando area in Florida all electrical had lightening surge protection, everything. I continue that today. I bought surge/circuit protection for the trailer right away. not telling how good the power is at an RV site.
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The manual for ours specifically advises against this practice. There could be several reasons specific to our model, perhaps the converter is not suited for long term charging of batteries, maybe the maker dos not want all the detectors and circuit boards on needlessly, etc. There are certainly several valid reasons listed by others above to stay plugged in and maybe some in your case not to do so. I would call the manufacturer and ask the people that made it what they think.
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