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Old 01-06-2019, 10:13 AM   #1
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Leave MH plugged in while in storage?

Hi everyone, new to RVing and new here to the site. Lots of great info, but can’t really find the answer to my question. I have a 2011 class C Fleetwood Tioga that I purchased about six months ago. I live in the north east and will be winterizing it and putting it in storage. My question is, do I just plug the MH with the adaptor to a regular 110v outlet or do I use a “battery tender” for the batteries?
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:45 AM   #2
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Should be fine just plugged in. Let the converter take care of your batteries.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:50 AM   #3
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You would be fine leaving it plugged in. We leave ours plugged in at our house all the time. My only question would be since it’s in storage are you reasonably sure that it won’t accidentally get unplugged. May not be an issue but if it gets cold enough to freeze the batteries.
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@Steve52 good to know, my concern was the batteries getting fried.
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:22 AM   #5
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@ elite wa, it’s in my garage that no one else has access to.
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:22 AM   #6
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Do I leave the “battery switch “ On or Off? On the MH
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:25 AM   #7
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Do I leave the “battery switch “ On or Off? On the MH
On if you don't want your batteries to die (only reason to leave it plugged in). Your batteries are not connected to the DC buss and converter if the switch is "off".
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On if you don't want your batteries to die (only reason to leave it plugged in). Your batteries are not connected to the DC buss and converter if the switch is "off".


Thanks for the info!
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I leave ours plugged in all the time.I like to keep the refrigerator running and batteries charged.We are so far South that we use our MH all year round.When I park it I just drain the low points and blow down the lines,only takes about 1/2 an hour.When we get ready to take a weekender or a few days away,I just fill up the lines and get the air out and go.
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If you decide not to have your motorhome plugged in , make sure the batteries are fully charged , then disconnect them . If your disconnects do not disconnect all loads , remove the negative cable. They will keep their charge for over 6 months.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:00 AM   #11
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I wouldn't leave my MH plugged in even if I could. The storage barn I rent space in will not allow it anyway.
My reasoning is, even though I have had no problems myself you often hear about varmint intrusion and all kinds of damage caused by it. What if a mouse chewed a wire to the point it could short out and cause a fire? Stranger things have happened.
I remove all the house batteries at home so I can keep them serviced and charged in my garage. This gives me a chance to clean the battery box and all the terminals and connections too. It's good annual maintenance practice anyway. If the batteries are all disconnected how much extra effort does it take to undo the hold down brackets and lift the batteries out of the tray(s).
With the house batteries out before driving to the storage facility I slip a section of radiator hose over the Positive cable so it can't short out while the engine is running. After I'm parked I have only one battery (chassis) to remove and transport home.
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My Class C is stored outside. Batteries in it, charged, and disconnected.

In the spring I'll connect them, fire it up and off I go.

Reading these forums I'm surprised how many storage places allow rigs to be plugged in.

I work in a lot of storage places and you are not allowed to leave anything plugged in unattended. Many of them have an employee walk the facility and unplug anything they find.
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My Class C is stored outside. Batteries in it, charged, and disconnected.

In the spring I'll connect them, fire it up and off I go.

Reading these forums I'm surprised how many storage places allow rigs to be plugged in.

I work in a lot of storage places and you are not allowed to leave anything plugged in unattended. Many of them have an employee walk the facility and unplug anything they find.
I keep my 1967 Firebird in a storage barn along with my son's 1983 Camaro. The barn's owner will allow you to leave a battery in the cars, trucks, boats etc. stored there but all batteries MUST be disconnected. He will check before you leave after parking your vehicle.
He claims his insurance company requires this but it might just be his preference. I'm good with it. The batteries come home with me anyway.
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First, check your converter to ensure at least three stage charging so you don't fry your batteries.
Second, make sure you have some sort of surge protection between power source and rv.
Third, verify the storage facility will allow it
Fourth, make sure cords are secured, and closed up where they enter to prevent critters.

15a is more than enough to keep batts charged.
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