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Old 11-23-2014, 07:47 PM   #1
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Beaver Storage / Charging Questions

I have a 1999 Beaver Contessa. I am storing it indoors this year (thanks to a friend with lots of warehouse space) with electricity available. Should I leave her plugged in is the first question. The second question is, there are 2 battery shut off switches in a rear compartment, when they are turned off and the rig is plugged in, are the batteries being charged ?? I had always thought they were and the switches being off took away the chance for any load to bleed them down. I believe I have a 2000 Watt Invertor / Charger w a monitor for the house batteries and an echo battery charger for the chassis batteries (according to literature). Last winter I stored outside and simply shut off the battery shutoff switches and walked away.

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Thanks in advance for your wisdom / experience......................
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Old 11-23-2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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I leave plugged in and the battery switches both on. My book says that it will still charge the batteries even with my switches off not sure about yours but you could check the batteries with a voltmeter and see if they are charging. The question then is if your chassis batteries are also being charged and again you can check that with a meter. If not then you need to buy a trickle charger for your chassis batteries. Don't know where you are and if it is cold enough but batteries that lose their charge will freeze if it gets cold enough. Does the warehouse stay above freezing in Michigan?
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:28 AM   #3
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Warehouse

The warehouse is kept at 60 Degrees !

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That's great. Can I bring my MH and park next to you
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Might not make sense, it is in Michigan ! LOL

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I am in Freeport, Maine and my MH is parked outside
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Yes, I bet it is cold up there !

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I leave my Beaver coach plugged in on 110v. I leave the coach batteries on but chassis batteries off. My 2000 watt charger/converter does a good job of looking after the house batteries, but not the chassis batteries. I have a parasitic drain on the chassis batteries I have not been able to find yet. I'm not sure if my Echo charger is working properly, still Looking into it.
I solved my chassis battery issue by installing a separate 12 step NOCO smart charge battery maintainer that I leave plugged in as well on the Chassis batteries. It now holds them at 100%.
Here's a link to it if anyone needs a good one. Ratings are 5 out of 5.

Noco Switch Mode Multistage 12 Volt - 7.2 Amp / 24 Volt 3.6 Amp
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