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Old 12-12-2011, 10:31 AM   #15
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Plugged in 24/7, with marine battery switch turned OFF. This makes 110v and 12v available anytime, but prevents overcharging or discharging the batteries. Once a month, I turn the battery switch ON for each battery (separately), overnight, to keep them charged up for next use.
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:38 AM   #16
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Plugged in 24/7, with marine battery switch turned OFF. This makes 110v and 12v available anytime, but prevents overcharging or discharging the batteries. Once a month, I turn the battery switch ON for each battery (separately), overnight, to keep them charged up for next use.
Do the same - put the switch in myself. Only difference, I put a load on the battery for one hour every 4-5 weeks with the lights on and the 120V cord unplugged. Then I recharge for 24 hours and turn the battery disconnect switch off for another 4-5 weeks.

The trailer is between my house and detached garage where I park so it's easy.
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Plugged in 24/7, with marine battery switch turned OFF. This makes 110v and 12v available anytime, but prevents overcharging or discharging the batteries. Once a month, I turn the battery switch ON for each battery (separately), overnight, to keep them charged up for next use.
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IOTA 55a DLS IQ4 Converter....12v & 110v available whether batt's installed or not.

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Old 12-12-2011, 12:20 PM   #18
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We also keep our AS plugged in to Shore Power at home - we have a 3-stage converter/charger to keep the batteries topped off in the 'Float' mode, automatically...

We have a boat that's in the water all the time, and it's Marine charger doesn't have a 'Float' mode, so we've used the 'Timer' method for many years to keep the batteries charged up - it only allows the charger to run for about 45 mins in a 24 hour period...

Ant problems were mentioned above - If you haven't heard about this stuff (Terro) for your ant problems, give it a try!!! It's a 'syrup' like liquid that you put next to the ant trail - they love the stuff! - They cart it back to their nest and it kills em' all! It takes a few days, but it's by far the greatest ant killer I've ever used! Ant Problem? Terro = Ant Control Solutions
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:09 PM   #19
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... Ant problems were mentioned above - If you haven't heard about this stuff (Terro) for your ant problems, give it a try!!! It's a 'syrup' like liquid that you put next to the ant trail - they love the stuff! - They cart it back to their nest and it kills em' all! It takes a few days, but it's by far the greatest ant killer I've ever used! Ant Problem? Terro = Ant Control Solutions
Someone recommended Terro to me several years ago and at that time Lowes was the only place I found that carried it. I think Walmart and others carry it now. I've used it ever since and agree that it is quite effective against ants. Last year I picked up a colony at a campground and unwittingly brought them home. I put a couple of drops each on some small cardboard squares and set them out where I saw activity. Within a hour each drop was hosting a ring of ants. They looked like hogs at the trough. In 2 days not an ant could be found.

In addition to the small bottles of syrup, they package it in disposable clear plastic packs. Snip off a corner and place it near an ant trail. It simplifies cleanup and there's less handling involved. It is easy to slip one in the converter enclosure if you find you have a variety that is attracted to live electrical components.
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