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Old 10-23-2021, 07:12 AM   #1
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Hi. for almost three years we have been traveling full time so no winterization no storage needed this year we wintering at home to spend time with our newborn granddaughter, the coach will be in a indoor storage plugged to 110v and the unit itís temperature set at 45 my question is how do I go about making sure that my batteries stays charged? Should I winterized any way too? Thanks

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Hi. for almost three years we have been traveling full time so no winterization no storage needed this year we wintering at home to spend time with our newborn granddaughter, the coach will be in a indoor storage plugged to 110v and the unit itís temperature set at 45 my question is how do I go about making sure that my batteries stays charged? Should I winterized any way too? Thanks

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The house batteries should stay charged by the house charger. My rig has a small automatic charger installed connected to the chassis batteries that is plugged in with a separate cord.

There are others on this forum that know why more about the subject than me.
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In your electrical bay your coach should have an Intellitec BIRD or the newer BCC. Being in storage, as long as your Inverter/Charger is on, your banks will be charged via these devices. Think about if you did anything special besides just plugging into shore power during the past 3 years. It will work the same way when plugged into this storage unit's power.
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Just make sure you set the power amperage to 15 amp. Is the 110v at the storage a GFI outlet? I've heard people having issues with the breaker popping with them when plugged into the RV.
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No itís not a GFI, Iím just concerned about changing settings

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"Indoor storage" doesn't mean it won't get below freezing unless it's heated storage. Keeping the inside of the coach above freezing doesn't protect the exterior tanks, fixtures and lines. So if there's any chance of freezing the water systems need to be winterized by blowing out with air or running antifreeze through.

If your coach has a multistage converter it should be maintaining the batteries correctly. If you question this you can monitor them with a voltmeter to make sure, but this should work fine as long as you have shore power. I say "as long as" because there are enough stories about the power being interrupted in storage to make me 2nd guess the reliability of that. I don't trust the power when mine is parked and it sits 30 feet from my house. Since it sounds like you'll be leaving stuff turned on, if shore power is interrupted it would literally be a matter of a few days and the batteries would be dead, and your coach stone cold. So unless you're actively monitoring the storage conditions you might be better off winterizing, disconnecting the batteries and optionally using a maintainer.

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