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Old 05-07-2006, 07:29 PM   #1
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Question - Keeping Trailer Plugged In

Well now that we have the Silver Condominium settled at the airfield, I have a question about keeping the trailer plugged in. I don't want to fry the batteries, by keeping the trailer plugged in all the time, but on the other hand I do want to keep the refrigerator cold. We will be using the trailer mainly on weekends, but would want to keep some perishables through the week. Should I disconnect the batteries at the battery box?

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Old 05-07-2006, 07:40 PM   #2
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I would suggest some type of battery disconnect switch, or like on the older trailers a switch to turn converter off? Mine is plugged in to a wall plug in the closet by the bathroom, I usually leave it unplugged and only plug it up when I want to top the battery up.

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Old 05-07-2006, 11:05 PM   #3
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I leave our trailer plugged into shore power year-round and leave the battery disconnect turned on. We keep the fridge going all the time and leave many things there during camping season. I was told by our AS service tech this would be OK for all the electrical systems, including the batteries. Hope I wasn't given bum info!
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:23 AM   #4
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Well now that we have the Silver Condominium settled at the airfield, I have a question about keeping the trailer plugged in. I don't want to fry the batteries, by keeping the trailer plugged in all the time, but on the other hand I do want to keep the refrigerator cold. We will be using the trailer mainly on weekends, but would want to keep some perishables through the week. Should I disconnect the batteries at the battery box?

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You shouldn't fry the batteries since you do have a newer trailer. I would however keep an eyeball on the battery cells and keep them topped off with distilled water. I would assume that you might need to check them out once a month until you get comfortable in how much evaporation goes on.

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We are fulltimers and we're plugged in to shore power all the time. I have found that I need to top off the batteries with distilled water about every two weeks.
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:28 PM   #6
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I leave my trailer with its Intellipower plus Charge Wizard plugged into the mains for 8 months each year, with the batteries connected, in the heat of a Florida summer. The battery separators are still covered with electrolyte when I return, and the Group 27 Wal-Mart batteries are at 13.6 volts. I'm impressed.
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