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Old 11-24-2016, 09:21 PM   #1
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Plug in or not?

Does anyone leave their FR3 plugged into shore power over the winter? Is the an advantage or disadvantage in doing this?
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Old 11-24-2016, 09:39 PM   #2
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I don't have an FR3. I keep my RV plugged in to shore power all the time when not using such as in winter time. In the summer I set my thermostat to 80. In the winter I set to 50. I check the battery water once a month due to charging while plugged in.
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:25 PM   #3
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I don't have the FR3 also. I have an external volt gauge on my battery box
that I check every few days, when the battery gets below 10 volts I turn the 30 amp breaker on for a day or so then turn it off etc.
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:30 PM   #4
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Leave it plugged in! Check battery water monthly and fill as necesary.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:14 PM   #5
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x2 what donniedu said. I have an FR3 and leave it plugged in all year long. FR3s have a smart charger that won't overcharge. Be sure to check the water as stated and use distilled water to top off.

In my previous motorhome with a dumb charger (i.e., full charge all the time), I put it on a timer to charge for only :30 per day.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:39 PM   #6
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Don't have one either but I take it as a generic statement. I leave my unit shore powered all winter even though it's inside my shop. I use mine (refrigerator) to keep my beverages cold so when I'm working in the shop, I still use it... I've always done that for years...
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:43 PM   #7
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Plugged in.

If you have a automatic rhree stage converter with a float/trickle mode, should you even have to worry about overcharge or checking water levels?
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:40 PM   #8
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If you have a automatic rhree stage converter with a float/trickle mode, should you even have to worry about overcharge or checking water levels?
I have a 3-stage WFCO that is the subject of some scorn here but I plug in all the time when at home in the driveway. I have a 12v outlet digital voltmeter (less than $3 on eBay) plugged into the socket by the bed... always reads 13.2V (float mode) and have not had to add water over two winters.
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Old 11-25-2016, 03:29 PM   #9
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I ;leave my Mirada plugged in during winter storage.

I have a four stage converter that makes sure the battery doesn't get over charged and boil the battery.

I make sure everything is turned off, and leave one of the roof vents open an inch so the inside can breath.
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Old 11-25-2016, 05:50 PM   #10
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When I am home during the winter, I take out the battery and store in on a piece of would in my house, winterize the RV and shut everything down. No shore power. I'll be damned if I give Ontario Hydro one more penny than I have to.
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