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Old 12-13-2016, 10:41 PM   #1
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Plugged or Unplugged

I am somewhat new to RVing and I have a question about leaving your RV plugged into power all the time when not in use. I've talked to some guys who say they leave theirs plugged into power even when parked for several months and others say they don't. What's the best thing to do?

Thanks for your opinions.

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Old 12-13-2016, 11:09 PM   #2
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Depends on your circumstances. I leave mine plugged in but I am in it a lot over the winter doing mods and escaping reality! If you don't leave it plugged in the battery will go dead unless it is disconnected. A dead battery will freeze and be ruined.
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Old 12-13-2016, 11:11 PM   #3
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I don't leave mine plugged when not in use. I have a trailer battery disconnect and turn it off too. If it will be sitting for more than a couple of weeks I will hook the battery up to a tender to keep it charged.
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Have left mine plugged in, for 10 years now.
Only time I didn't, was for 4 months in a storage yard. I used the battery disconnect switch for that.
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Plugged in 24/7 ready to head out at a moment's notice!

If you aren't going to leave it plugged up you will need to completely disconnect the battery to keep if from being discharged by a variety of small things that are hooked up to it in the RV, things like LP detectors, stereos, and some control boards.

If you do keep it hooked up put a reminder to check the water level in the battery periodically. I check mine once a month as part of my normal monthly check list.

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Plugged in 24/7 ready to head out at a moment's notice!

If you aren't going to leave it plugged up you will need to completely disconnect the battery to keep if from being discharged by a variety of small things that are hooked up to it in the RV, things like LP detectors, stereos, and some control boards.

If you do keep it hooked up put a reminder to check the water level in the battery periodically. I check mine once a month as part of my normal monthly check list.

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I remove the batteries from the RV and install them into the backup system for our pellet stove.
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Mine is always plugged in. I want my microwave clock active so its gears won't stick together.
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During the camping season it is plugged in and ready to roll if and when I can get three days off from work.

Right now it is unplugged the battery is in the garage and hooked to a battery tender.
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Thanks all. I appreciate you all sharing you knowledge!
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