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Sgtmac 11-24-2016 09:21 PM

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?

txredfish 11-24-2016 09:39 PM

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.

woodpile 11-24-2016 10:25 PM

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.

donniedu 11-24-2016 10:30 PM

Leave it plugged in! Check battery water monthly and fill as necesary.

Kadiddle 11-25-2016 01:14 PM

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.

SidecarFlip 11-25-2016 01:39 PM

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...

markb422 11-25-2016 01:43 PM

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?

DaveSchwartz 11-25-2016 02:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by markb422 (Post 1370084)
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.

waiter21 11-25-2016 03:29 PM

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.

BusyRetirees 11-25-2016 05:50 PM

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.

johnpisue 11-26-2016 07:27 AM

We do the same BusyRetirees. Ontario Hydro already charges me a monthly fee on the hydro at camp, and the breaker is turned off.

ilmor 11-26-2016 07:54 AM

My motorhome has a nice 3 stage charger however I still like to bring my batteries to my garage during the winter. I clean them up, keep an eye on them (distilled water levels), charge up as necessary.

wahoonc 11-26-2016 08:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by donniedu (Post 1369829)
Leave it plugged in! Check battery water monthly and fill as necesary.

Ditto

Quote:

Originally Posted by SidecarFlip (Post 1370082)
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...

Same here... we use the RV for overflow during the holidays in particular. Both for food storage and people.

Quote:

Originally Posted by markb422 (Post 1370084)
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?

No on overcharge/undercharge unless the converter decides to crap out on you. I have had a couple WFCO go bad in the past. I check mine unit at least once a week to make sure the battery is charged up. I check water every 3 months as part of routine maintenance. We purchased our unit in Feb 2016, I haven't had to add any water yet.

I had a Coleman TT, came home from a week on the road for work, turned the LED lights on and they were very dim. Turns out the WFCO had crapped out and the battery had gotten pulled down by the phantom loads. A bit of trouble shooting confirmed the converter was toast. Recharged the battery using a stand alone charger, ordered a new Progressive Industries converter. Problem solved.

Aaron:cool:

jrwalkerpa1 11-30-2016 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveSchwartz (Post 1370115)
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.


Same converter/charger here and I've only had to add a few ounces of water since spring of 2014. I still check the water levels monthly but have been very (pleasantly) surprised at how little the batteries have needed.


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