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Old 06-09-2014, 07:12 PM   #11
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only turn dial off when in storage unplugged for long periods to prevent battery drain

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Old 06-09-2014, 09:10 PM   #12
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so when plugged into shore power is the dial turned off or on....hmmmm thanking everyone for the info....true that about keeping the fridge cold...pack and unpack....if the dial is turned on when plugged in..does that help keep the charge...and also when on the road is the dial on or off.....just another quick question...if we were boondocking..what can we run off the two auxillary batteries....

The switch is a battery disconnect switch. It turns off the battery power so that things that don't have on-off switches don't drain the batteries when in storage (like the propane CO detector.) So, if you are plugged into shore power, or running the generator, or driving down the road, you will normally want the switch ON. This will provide power to things like the fridge, etc. It will also allow power to the batteries so they can be recharged.

When boondocking, or traveling down the road without the generator running, you can run the refrigerator, the furnace, all interior lights, the radio, the TV (in most Sunseekers the TV is 12 volt). The refrigerator will need propane on--the battery power is for the control circuit, not for cooling. The water heater can be run on propane. The water pump will run on 12 volt (battery) and, if equipped, the holding tank heaters (called Arctic Pack). What you can't run is the Air Conditioning, Microwave, and any appliances like coffee pots, etc.

I don't have a way to plug in when at home, because I park in a storage yard. So a day before a trip, I turn on battery and propane, and pre-cool fridge on propane. During winter, I leave the batteries in and start both the engine and the generator about once a month and let them run for awhile. This not only puts some charge on the batteries, but it is also very important to run the generator and not let the gas sit in the carburetor all winter.

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Old 06-09-2014, 09:19 PM   #13
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The only time ours is unplugged is when it is on the road.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:33 AM   #14
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I kept mine plugged in all winter, battery disconnect on. I still keep it plugged in sitting in my driveway, fridge running and I also run a dehumidifier in it. We, too, like to take our time unloading after a trip. Wife will usually unload fridge a week after we come back. I do like to turn off fridge for a couple days BEFORE a trip, to allow it to properly defrost and drain, and then it gets a quick wipe out before its loaded back up again.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:35 AM   #15
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I don't trust the on board converter charger will not over charge the batteries so I use two battery tenders at all times when not camping, one for coach batteries and one for chassis battery.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:24 PM   #16
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I don't trust the on board converter charger will not over charge the batteries so I use two battery tenders at all times when not camping, one for coach batteries and one for chassis battery.
the 2015's should all be coming with Progressive Dynamics converters now. Hopefully that creates a little more confidence.

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