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Old 07-17-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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Parking at home

Looking for advice on how to store my RV at home when I'm not using it. Do I keep it plugged in to 110 at all times?

If I'm plugged into 110, do all batteries get a charge while I'm plugged in?

Is there anything I should do to properly "tend" my batteries like keeping a slow/trickle charger on them?

I've read info that contradicts each other so I'm looking for the right answers for my 14' FR3.


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Old 07-17-2016, 12:22 PM   #2
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I've always kept our campers plugged into a 30A set-up I have at home. Many will say check your battery fluid level but I've never had an issue with that.

Whether its 100 degrees outside or 10, its nice to able to go out there if I need to and everything works. You won't be able to run the AC but everything else is ready to go. We even keep our residential fridge in our Vengeance running year-round.

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Old 07-17-2016, 12:46 PM   #3
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I am not sure there are right answers. You can keep it plugged in and that will keep the house batteries charged but not the chassis battery. I keep mine plugged in at my house all the time, there is always some drain on the battery and this keeps it ready to go. I can run out and extend the slides and turn on fridge (dual power not residential) to cool down before a trip and not worry about having enough battery. I check the water level and usually have to add a little water a couple of times a year. If you keep a trickle charge on the batteries there may not be any reason to keep plugged in.

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Old 07-17-2016, 01:08 PM   #4
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30 50

I would suggest putting in a 20/30/50 amp combo box and leaving you rv hot 24/7.. Remember that rv 30 amp is not the same as a 30 amp dryer line... we leave the air on in the summer and an electric oil heater on in the winter. the 50 amp will be for the future rv upgrade.....
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Old 07-17-2016, 01:38 PM   #5
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I have a 30 amp plugs (yes plural) at my house. RV stays plugged up 24/7 ready to roll at a moment's notice. Depending on your on board charger will depend on how well your batteries stay maintained. If you have an old 2 or 3 stage it might not be a good idea to leave it plugged up, if you have one of the newer ones you should be fine. I also use my EMS/Surge protector even when plugging in at home.

In the hotter months we set the A/C on 84 to keep it tolerable inside, turn the fridge on a day before we are ready to go. We try to camp at least once a month year round, and drive the camper somewhere ever couple of weeks just to keep the chassis exercised.

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Old 07-17-2016, 01:50 PM   #6
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We do both. Just depends on how long between trips. Sometimes we will empty it all out, clean it out, and turn everything off and use the battery disconnect. Other times we will leave everything on, plugged in, and ready to go. If we have it unplugged and battery disconnected I will plug it in and charge the battery every few weeks. Never used a battery tender but lots of folks do. It's all about what makes sense to you and what works for your circumstances.

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