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Old 10-19-2016, 10:42 AM   #15
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We have a 30 amp RV outlet at the house. We leave Lucy plugged into shore power all the time when she is home. Her refrigerator is always on. Her air conditioner or heat pump is always set minimally unless we are actually in her. She has never been winterized.

We are in and out of her daily and use her as an office when we are home. I am in her right now paying some bills. She also serves as a guest room when all the boys come home at once.

We can also hook her to sewer, water, cable, and wifi as needed. She sits in the alley behind our house, and is very convenient to use.

We have been doing this for eleven years now without any ill effects.

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Old 10-19-2016, 10:56 AM   #16
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We have been doing this for eleven years now without any ill effects.

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Brian, do you have a stock Parallax battery charger/converter, and do you monitor battery voltage and water levels as part of your management of the trailer? If you do have the stock charger, might we assume that using all of the trailer's 12-volt functions on a daily basis is what keeps the batteries from being cooked?

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Old 10-19-2016, 05:35 PM   #17
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Brian, do you have a stock Parallax battery charger/converter, and do you monitor battery voltage and water levels as part of your management of the trailer? If you do have the stock charger, might we assume that using all of the trailer's 12-volt functions on a daily basis is what keeps the batteries from being cooked?

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Hi Peter,

Both Old Lucy and New Lucy had their stock OEM converter units. I do check battery water level probably twice a year. I only check the voltage if I suspect an issue. We use the DC (12 volt) functions as we need to for lighting, etc.

We have never had a battery problem. Old Lucy's OEM Interstate batteries lasted about 6 years. We replaced on the road with new ones from Wal-Mart. New Lucy just turned two, and still has her OEM Interstates.

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Thanks Brian for the useful parameters for those considering storage with the stock charger/converter.
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:50 PM   #19
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I live in Virginia Beach. We do get some freezing during the winter but normally it is not a long protracted freeze. I usually blow out my irrigation system and the water lines on my dock. Our 2017 28' Serenity International is parked on a pad behind our house and is plugged into a dedicated 50amp outlet I had installed. We have only had the AS since August. I am trying to determine if I need to winterize the trailer or not. I intend to keep it plugged in plus I have the factory solar package. Any recommendations? Thanks,
I probably would as far as draining the water lines and water heater but I would leave my batteries installed personally if I had a 4 stage converter with a storage mode and desulfation cycle. I have in Boise, ID for 10 years (same batteries) and yes it freezes but not deep enough and long enough in my opinion to justify pulling them. Idle fleets don't, RV dealerships don't, service vehicles don't. I just don't.
Others winterize everything in northern Florida when it rarely freezes for more then a night or two and pull their batteries. It's just something you have to decide what's best for you and what you're comfortable with. Good luck!
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Shouldn't the battery charge when plugged into electric? We have a 72 overlander.
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So I decided to run a 50A outlet and just leave it plugged in when home. That way the fridge stays cold and we can run anything else as needed while loading it up.
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Shouldn't the battery charge when plugged into electric? We have a 72 overlander.
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So I decided to run a 50A outlet and just leave it plugged in when home. That way the fridge stays cold and we can run anything else as needed while loading it up.
Good choice. Short term neglect is worse than full time use.
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Ours is not charging while plugged in. Any suggestions on where to look first?
We also are not sure it is charging while we are towing it.
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Sometimes I plug in.
Sometimes I don't.
It is plugged in right now to run the heat because I haven't gotten around to winterizing yet, although I am in the process. I have begun the winterizing process by draining the fresh water tank and water heater. Maybe this evening I will blow out all the water lines with air. Maybe in the next couple of days or weeks I will get around to running pink antifreeze through everything. The forecast for the next 2 weeks is for lows in the 40's. I'm OK, but will get it done just for safety from broken frozen valves and peace of mind. December, January, and February are looming near/soon.
Advantages of plugging in besides keeping house batteries topped off:
Trailer is cool in the summer or warm in the winter when you are loading or unloading for a trip.
Refrigerator is on and to temperature already when you begin to load it for a trip.
I haven't notice a big increase in my light bill- maybe $10 per month added to the light bill? That is a small price to pay for the convenience.
I had a 50 amp RV receptacle installed about 4 years ago.
In addition, I just occasionally go out to the trailer and hang out in a silver man cave. It is already cool/warm. Cold drinks are in the fridge. TV works. Wi-Fi internet from the house works.
I have even spent a couple of nights in the trailer in the yard when the house was being painted and the paint smell was too much for me.
When it is warm or hot I even hook up water so I can use the toilet and wash hands, etc.
I could even drain my tanks into a sewer clean-out T in the front yard.
It's like a campground site in a subdivision.
Convenient.
Easy.
Wife approved.
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Sometimes I plug in.
Sometimes I don't.
It is plugged in right now to run the heat because I haven't gotten around to winterizing yet, although I am in the process.


But doesn't the furnace burn propane? Or is that only below a certain temp?
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