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Old 03-18-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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Charging

I leave my motorhomes plugged in to 110 during winter, will leaving it plugged in charge the batteries?
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:10 PM   #2
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Hi I remove the battery's for the winter. The motorhome is sitting in 6in of ice. :-(
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You can find out by checking the battery voltage when the RV is plugged in. If you get a reading greater than say 13 volts then you know it is charging.
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I leave my motorhomes plugged in to 110 during winter, will leaving it plugged in charge the batteries?
If you leave the battery charger ON then it will charge the batteries. However, unless you have a smart charger (3 stage) I would be concerned with over-charging the batteries.
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If you leave the battery charger ON then it will charge the batteries. However, unless you have a smart charger (3 stage) I would be concerned with over-charging the batteries.

Exactly! If you have a single stage charger, it will first charge your batteries and then it will continue to charge until all the water is boiled out.....then you have a useless battery.

Check your converter and let us know which one you have and I'm sure someone here can tell you if it's safe to leave it charging or not.

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If you only have a single stage charger, you can un-plug it and install a BatteryMinder or Tender that will only charge when needed.
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Exactly! If you have a single stage charger, it will first charge your batteries and then it will continue to charge until all the water is boiled out.....then you have a useless battery. Check your converter and let us know which one you have and I'm sure someone here can tell you if it's safe to leave it charging or not. Hope this helps Ron
how can I tell which one I have?
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Look for a brand and model number, then post it.
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It's a Parallax converter charger model 7355 55 amp
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It's s single stage. I have a Parallax 7455. Look for a BatteryMinder to add to your batter charging system. I have a Model 12248.
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It's s single stage. I have a Parallax 7455. Look for a BatteryMinder to add to your batter charging system. I have a Model 12248.
Battery Minder is the way to go. I have one to charge the chassis battery and another one to charge the RV batteries. They work really well.
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Or better yet replace the Parallax with a good 3-stage charger (such as one from Iota or Progressive Dynamics), that way you will not only have a correct storage voltage but also be able to bring the batteries back up to full charge in 1/4 the time of your current setup.
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