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Old 07-05-2012, 07:38 AM   #1
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when parked do you shut your batterys off?

When you are parked and plugged in do you turn your battery's off ? seems as though my chassis start batteries over charged , well at least one was driesd up pretty good so i was just wondering what you did ? looks like ill be buying a couple of battery's today dont want to take chances
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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I have my chassis(2 12V) & house(2 6V) batteries turned on 24/7 for over 10 years. Only time they have been turned off was to replace them once. My chassis batteries are maintenance free. Maybe the one dried up has a bad cell in it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:54 AM   #3
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Either replace the converter with a good three stage charger or devise a way to turn you converter off. Most can not 'turn the batteries off' without adding some kind of disconnect switch.
A digital multimeter would help to show you what is really going on. No guessing required.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:14 AM   #4
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To answer your question, no, I don't turn off my batteries when parked and plugged in to shore power. What type of charger do you have?

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As Rick stated, he does not turn off his batteries. I too, do not turn off my batteries.
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I leave mine on 24/7 when plugged in. I think the only time they are turned off is when I drop the coach off for maintenance.

As a side note, learning that maintenance people will disconnect the batteries taught me to never leave food in the refer when dropping the coach off for service, bad bad smell after a week
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how old were your chassis batteries? maybe their time has come..

the only time I disconnect batteries is when in storage with no shore power.
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just pulled them April of 07 was the date time had come i believe in fl that's a long time
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No, never. Not necessary if you have a quality charging system and check the water level in the cells occasional (flooded cell batteries only, of course). But if your charger overcharges and "boils" the water away, you ahve to do something - or replace the charger.
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Not us, but then our batteries only lasted almost 10 years too.

I did put 4 oz of mineral oil in each cell of the 6 volt U-2200 batteries some years ago. Cur WAY down on the water use and corrosion aroud the batteries. I also cut the inverter down to 5 amps input when at the house and stored. That limits the amount of power the inverter uses for battery charging.
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As a side note, learning that maintenance people will disconnect the batteries taught me to never leave food in the refer when dropping the coach off for service, bad bad smell after a week
Bring it to me, I am an expert in taking odor out
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I leave mine on 24/7 when plugged in. I think the only time they are turned off is when I drop the coach off for maintenance.

As a side note, learning that maintenance people will disconnect the batteries taught me to never leave food in the refer when dropping the coach off for service, bad bad smell after a week
Going to take ours in for awning repalacement and some paint work later this month. Shop has PROMISED that they'd keep it plugged in but.......... you just never know. Both the storage bay freezer and refer freezer are pretty full as are our three stick house freezers. No place to really store the frozen stuff while at the shop although I could pull the storage bay freezer and put it on the back deck of the house with it plugged in there.
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If I turn mine off the will not get charged with the on-board charger. Both sets of batteries have to have the switches on to charge. (Winnebago, 2008 39W)
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5 years isn't bad. The batteries may have had a terminal condition completely unrelated to your converter.
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