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Old 08-13-2015, 12:50 PM   #15
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Even disconnected batteries will slowly discharge. I remove mine from AS, take home, and charge once a month.
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Old 08-13-2015, 03:45 PM   #16
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If your batteries have removable caps, once in storage, remove them once a month and check the electrolyte level. Have a bottle of distilled water available to bring up any low levels. Using a Battery Tender / Battery Minder should reduce the amount of water that gets boiled off yet still keep your batteries charged.
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:12 PM   #17
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Not sure about all the models, but my store switch does not isolate the converter from the batteries. With the 30amp cord plugged in I would have to either disconnect the batts at their terminals, or unplug the converter from 120v.

I choose to leave the 30amp cord hooked up, unplug the converter (to prolong its life, theoretically) and use a 15 watt solar panel to keep the batts alive.

If I want to work on a project, I still have 120V to the outlets. If it's dark out, I just throw the store switch on for the time I'm in there.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:43 AM   #18
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I'm curious, I have solar, but prefer to be plugged in to electrical outlet because I'm running my fantastic fans and keep a dehumidifier running (since I live near the coast). How often should I be switching to "store mode"?
If you have factory solar, you can keep the switch in "store mode" the entire time you are on shore power (whether in storage or in use.) The shore power will let you run everything you want in the trailer (AC & DC) and since the solar is not disconnected from the batteries when in store mode (yeah, go figure, right?) it will keep the batteries topped off at all times. Simply switch to "use mode" when you are not plugged into shore power and want to use the trailer.
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:45 AM   #19
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I have never fried any batteries, they usually last 6 years, I do check the electrolyte level every couple of months, and add distilled water if needed, a maintence is all they need.
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:14 AM   #20
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When we are not traveling in Lucy, she is stored in the alley behind our house. We leave her plugged into 30 amp during storage. We have been doing this for the last ten years. We leave the refrigerator on, and run minimal climate control. We have not experienced any ill effect from doing this.

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Old 08-23-2015, 11:04 PM   #21
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It depends!

IT DEPENDS! .... on WHICH CONVERTER do you have installed?

If you have a multi-stage converter (like a WFCO or some aftermarkets) the batteries will not "fry". Just check the battery water every couple months.

It really should be every owner's desire to determine what type/brand converter they have installed.
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Mine is plugged in always while in storage, with the refrigerator on. i use a heavy duty appliance timer between the converter and the wall outlet. I set it to charge about an hour a day. My batteries do just fine.
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Old 08-24-2015, 09:58 AM   #23
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Hi Cameron,

I just leave mine pugged in between trips, often for weeks at a time. It's the original charger/converter, and it does not cook the battery.
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