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Old 12-15-2005, 05:29 AM   #1
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My 2006 Cambria waits patiently [& winterized]under a blanket of early December snow for the PA winter to move on. I disconnected the chassis battery to eliminate parasitic current losses from the cab forward and shut off the coach battery disconnect switch as well. I plan to [monthly] plug-in the coach to either external AC or the generator, turn on the disconnect switch, and periodically top off/charge the coach batteries. I will leave the chassis battery alone 'till Spring.

Does this procedure sound reasonable? Am I doing something differently than auto/truck/RV dealers do with their "yard" stock over the long winter(s)??
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Old 12-15-2005, 05:29 AM   #2
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My 2006 Cambria waits patiently [& winterized]under a blanket of early December snow for the PA winter to move on. I disconnected the chassis battery to eliminate parasitic current losses from the cab forward and shut off the coach battery disconnect switch as well. I plan to [monthly] plug-in the coach to either external AC or the generator, turn on the disconnect switch, and periodically top off/charge the coach batteries. I will leave the chassis battery alone 'till Spring.

Does this procedure sound reasonable? Am I doing something differently than auto/truck/RV dealers do with their "yard" stock over the long winter(s)??
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Old 12-15-2005, 05:46 AM   #3
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sounds like a plan, think I should look into unplugging th van battery. As we are ging to stay her in MD for the winter.
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Old 12-15-2005, 05:49 AM   #4
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I'm curious why you think it is OK to leave the chassis battery alone but necessary to charge the coach batteries? The chassis battery needs an occasional charge too - don't neglect it.
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Old 12-15-2005, 07:28 AM   #5
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I have a solar panel on the roof to maintain my coach battery, however a blanket of snow will cut down on the output as will several very cloudy days. I plug in to shore power and run the engine occasionally.
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:54 PM   #6
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I keep mine plugged in 24-7 and run the coach and generator once a month for at least 30 min. Scott.
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Old 12-16-2005, 05:49 PM   #7
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Yes, start up that generator regularly, and let it run for a while. Otherwise it will get lazy and not want to start next Spring ! Carb might gum up, apart from other little things.
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Old 12-16-2005, 06:30 PM   #8
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Also add stabil to the gas and run it through the generator will help keep from gumming up.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:30 AM   #9
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Ours is plugged in 24/7. However, I do the once a month thing with the genny and the motor. In fact, that is on today's agenda. I may even crank-up the heat and watch a ballgame...or take a nap...or both.

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Old 12-17-2005, 06:48 AM   #10
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Make sure when you exercise your gen that you put a load on it -- ie. the A/C, Television, water heater (on A/C of course), etc.
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I would highly recommend you do NOT try to start up the A/C when the temperature is below 42 degrees outside. The compressors are not designed for use in cold temps (no crankcase heater) and can be damaged by doing so. I would recommend using a small space heater for a load in this case.
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I gonna put my $0.02 in here too, if you have drained the water heater: DO NOT PUT ANY HEAT ON IT OR IT WILL MELT. It feels soooo baaaad to replace any of that high dollar stuff. I don`t think heating the pink stuff would be too good either. Just go camping when you can.

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Sorry, forget it gets that cold -
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Old 01-15-2006, 09:05 AM   #14
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Well, being a newbie and with December coming on, I winterized it. The coach batteries are in the basement (stays at 50 deg. down there). I have a charger for deep cycle charging and check the batteries every 2 weeks. As for the MH I start it up every week, and if there is no snow or salted roads I'll take it for a short run tommorow. That's the best I can come up with for the time being. In the meantime I'm modifying it to make things more convenient when we take to the roads in the spring.
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