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Old 02-01-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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Plugged in while storing

I use my TT about every 2-3 weeks. I always park the TT next to my house and plug it into a 15amp circuit. I usually leave the fridge running and nothing else (gotta keep my camping beer cold :hihi.

Last week someone told me that I should be leaving it unplugged and pulling the battery to eliminate battery problems. We have never boon-docked and only use battery / TV power when towing to the CG and back to keep the fridge running. I have left the TT unplugged in the past but when the battery started getting weak all the interior alarms started sounding (lp, smoke) so I plugged it back in.

Am I doing harm to anything in the the TT? Is there a better way? Also with our mild winters, I only drain the water out of the TT and don't winterize it.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:41 AM   #2
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When we had our Eagle 5th Wheel and our previous SOB TT we always kept it plugged in and the refigerator on when parked behind the house.
We had a 30 Amp Plug on the back of the house so when getting ready for a trip we could run the A/C.
We had our Eagle for 5 years and our SOB TT for 9 years and never had any problems resulting from it being plugged in all the time.
We used our RV usually one a month or more year round and batteries typically lasted 4 to 5 years before needing replacement.
Also due to living in Florida we never even drained any water tanks or winterized.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:20 AM   #3
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Our TT is on a seasonal site and it's plugged in from April 15th to October 15th. Never had a problem with the battery. I check the water level in it monthly.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:26 PM   #4
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For battery maintenance, the worst thing to do is leave it disconnected (idle) for months at a time. It will tend to sulphate and have a short life. You are doing the right thing by leaving it plugged in. The converter will keep the battery topped up with a trickle charge. Doing this, it's very important to check the fluid level in the battery, and add distilled water if it's low. The trickle charge action will tend to slowly evaporate the fluid (water only). If the fluid level gets low to the point the plates get exposed (even a bit), this will harm the battery.
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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You are doing the right thing leaving it plugged in. I am not sure if the Jayflights have a converter that will exercise the battery but I would not change anything except maybe check the battery water levels more often than normal.
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You have an older Jayco so yeah - you probably have a 3 stage charger which is not as good as the new 4 stage chargers - but it is just fine! I too have a 3 stage and leave mine plugged in 24x7 when not on the road. I check the water once a month and rarely have to add any. You will be just fine and all charged up and ready to go all the time!
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #7
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You guys are awesome. Thanks for the quick responses. I 've never looked at the water levels in the battery so I guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow!
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Been plugged in since Dec 07 and do check the water levels every other month.
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I keep mine plugged in, but I have a newer 3 stage converter charger which has the lower stage much like a tender. I too monitor the water levels monthly in the summer and before and after winter storage. I have 2 seasons on mine so far. Starting the 3rd soon.

If I were to store it somehwere without a hookup I would bring them home and on a tender.
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I keep mine plugged in, but I have a newer 3 stage converter charger which has the lower stage much like a tender. I too monitor the water levels monthly in the summer and before and after winter storage. I have 2 seasons on mine so far. Starting the 3rd soon.

If I were to store it somehwere without a hookup I would bring them home and on a tender.
I think the fact that yours is a 3 stage is key. If the converter isn't "smart" I've read that prolonged charging can cook the battery. When I pull mine out of storage, I'll check the model to see if it's a 2 or 3 stage. (Note: I previously had a brand new Winnebago whose batteries were destroyed after just 3 seasons. Not sure why.)

That begs the next, on-topic question: If the battery is fully charged, and the converter is NOT a 3 stage charger, then would it be better to disconnect the battery and just run purely off of shore power? Is that safe for the converter and attached devices?
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