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Old 11-17-2013, 10:48 PM   #1
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We leave our camper plugged up all the time, even when not in use. Will this cause any issues with the battery/on board charger when it gets cold/freezing?

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Old 11-17-2013, 10:57 PM   #2
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We leave our camper plugged up all the time, even when not in use. Will this cause any issues with the battery/on board charger when it gets cold/freezing?

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Shouldn't if you check the water in the batteries about every 2 or 3 weeks.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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We leave our camper plugged up all the time, even when not in use. Will this cause any issues with the battery/on board charger when it gets cold/freezing?

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With a 2014 you should have a power center converter with 3 stage charging.

Float mode should not boil the water out of a wet battery with excessive current as float will drop charging current to that necessary to replace losses due to parasite current loss (internal resistance and about an amp of "junk" that runs in the background).

However, you should "check on" the camper about once a month to look for damage or leaks and during that check a peek under the caps will assure you that all is still "OK".
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I suggest you read this post (and other earlier experiments by this gentleman): Winterizing Question

The WFCO "3-stage" chargers don't appear to work very well.

I suggest that you either upgrade your Converter to a Progressive Dynamics, or unplug your RV except for about a day a month.
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Another solution is to install a disconnect switch at the battery and use a Battery Tender to keep the battery conditioned.
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Another solution is to install a disconnect switch at the battery and use a Battery Tender to keep the battery conditioned.
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X3. Far and away the best solution.
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My 5er is stored away from home and has no access for electric hookup. The battery was fully charged when put into storage on Nov.1 and the battery disconnect turned off. Will be leaving for Florida the last week in January. Should I bring the battery home and keep charged or will there be a decent charge when we leave? I don't want it to go completely dead.
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My 5er is stored away from home and has no access for electric hookup. The battery was fully charged when put into storage on Nov.1 and the battery disconnect turned off. Will be leaving for Florida the last week in January. Should I bring the battery home and keep charged or will there be a decent charge when we leave? I don't want it to go completely dead.
I personally would bring it home and put a battery tender on it. Letting a battery go dead is one of the worse things you can do. Sucks the life right out of it. Sometimes when they go dead, they stay dead. No way to bring back to life. Doesn't happen all the time, but does happen. Either way, you are doing your battery an injustice by not keeping it charged.
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Another solution is to install a disconnect switch at the battery and use a Battery Tender to keep the battery conditioned.
I use a battery tender but have not found a reason to use a disconnect switch. Am I missing something?
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