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Old 08-04-2014, 10:16 AM   #1
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Just bought I new popup so I am rookie at this. My question is could I plug in the shore line to charge batterywhile the trailer is down and closed.I was thinking I might over heat the converter with the trailer closed up. Thanks
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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I do. Actually I leave it plugged in at home all the time so the battery does not drain. There are parastic drains on the battery when just sitting there (CO detector). If you do not plug into shower power, pull the battery fuse.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:17 AM   #3
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Oh and welcome to the forum and to popup camping.
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...shower power...
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I hear it's the latest in clean energy.

I always used a stand alone smart charger. I just never trusted the chargers on a converter.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:43 PM   #7
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At my dealer he told me that the convertor was not a charger all it did was maintain the battery at its level that you wanted to recharge your battery you needed a battery charger. He told me that yes if the battery was low it would bring up the charge on the battery but would not charge them to a full charge.
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That depends entirely on the converter. Many have chargers built into them. Most of the newer ones will do a pretty good job of fully charging. I hear of many more converters malfunctioning and overcharging and killing batteries than I hear of actual battery chargers doing the same. Just prior to a trip (a few days at most) I'll plug into shore power and let it do it's thing. For extended periods I disconnect the battery and keep an actual charger plugged in all the time.
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Unless going out in a few weeks, I pull the batteries and using a Battery Minder to keep them charged.
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Thanks everybody for your tips and advice.
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