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Old 04-16-2018, 12:33 AM   #1
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I just finished installing a RV pedestal at my residence. Before I was plugged into a 20 amp house outlet. Now I have the same pedestal we all plug into at camp sites. 50amp/30amp/20amp. Should I give my RV a brake once in a while from being continually plugged in to the 50amp. I know my inverter/converter regulates power to the batteries. I was just wondering if being plugged in 24/7 day in and day out in between trips is ok. Or would it be a good idea to shut off the shore power and disconnect switches in the battery compartment and let the solar panel trickle charge batteries. Am I being over paranoid through inexperience? Probably!!

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We are plugged in 24/7.
No problems. Batteries usually just stay on float charge and I regularly check the electrolyte levels. Frig off, TV's unplugged but that is about it.
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Yep, I have done the exact same thing. Thank you for reassuring my confidence.
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I just finished installing a RV pedestal at my residence. Before I was plugged into a 20 amp house outlet. Now I have the same pedestal we all plug into at camp sites. 50amp/30amp/20amp. Should I give my RV a brake once in a while from being continually plugged in to the 50amp. I know my inverter/converter regulates power to the batteries. I was just wondering if being plugged in 24/7 day in and day out in between trips is ok. Or would it be a good idea to shut off the shore power and disconnect switches in the battery compartment and let the solar panel trickle charge batteries. Am I being over paranoid through inexperience? Probably!!

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Same set up as you.
Plugged in 24/7 no issues
leave AquaHot and residential fridge running.
We Get a wild hair up our butt every so often to just take off for a weekend , so do not winterize the coach.... went camping over New Years...rain/sun/wind/snow.... good times
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Same here, I didnít winterize at all over the winter. However, I open up all the low point valves and drained my fresh water tank. Didnít touch my water heater cause I ran the heat at 55 inside all winter. Iím told I donít have to drain the fresh water tank if the temp drops to freezing but climbs to mid 40ís in the day.
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Same here, I didnít winterize at all over the winter. However, I open up all the low point valves and drained my fresh water tank. Didnít touch my water heater cause I ran the heat at 55 inside all winter. Iím told I donít have to drain the fresh water tank if the temp drops to freezing but climbs to mid 40ís in the day.
Our AquaHot has a separate basement thermostat for the tanks and cargo bays so just a 100 watt bulb for the sewer/power/water fill bay and proceed.
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Been leaving my RV's plugged into shore power when home for over 30 years now. Leave the refer on all the time too as the late DW always overbought and we used the RV for food storage at times.
My AquaHot heats the wet bay and tanks without any assistance. On the last rig I just had a furnace so I added a 100 watt bulb in an aluminum reflector. Also have a couple remote temp senders that I can monitor from the stick house.
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RV is not going to et tired so no breaks needed


Just check battery water levels ....weekly, then monthly etc until you get an idea on if/how much water usage occurs

I have my 5vr plugged in 24/7 and only need to squirt a little water in every few months.

Other than that.......RV is my MAN CAVE when I need a break from working outside.
Fridge is ON......cold beverages await and I can even watch a little boob tube if I want to.
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... I know my inverter/converter regulates power to the batteries. I was just wondering if being plugged in 24/7 day in and day out in between trips is ok. ...
Consider this: full timers leave connected for months on end. We spent four months in MS this winter, and didn't unplug once. Except for a few short power outages no problems. However I do believe in a monthly exercise of the generator if you can, and don't forget to check battery water levels.

However, there is no reason not to use the solar panels either as long as they can properly charge the batteries.
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Yep, check the batteries at least monthly for water.
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nope, your house doesn't get a 'break', why should the RV?
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We are plugged in 24/7.
No problems. Batteries usually just stay on float charge and I regularly check the electrolyte levels. Frig off, TV's unplugged but that is about it.
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