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Old 11-29-2006, 01:31 PM   #15
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It's our emergency shelter. We've always had it set up for an emergency winter haven. ... Barry
Ours is similar, but not for the winter season. We heat with wood in the house, so any power failure will only disrupt lights, the washing machine and our computers. We do, however, keep it ready to roll during fire season, especially June. We're both a bit weary of the flatlander goof-balls who come up here during that period, wanting to have themselves a nice campfire in the forest. "A bit weary" is too little. It scares the crap out of us.

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Old 11-29-2006, 01:46 PM   #16
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Hello clancy boy,

I did not realize you purchased the "new" AS. Congratulations. We're not going to the FLA forum rally so we have not been following that thread. Either trailer you take will be fun I'm sure.

Danielle and I park our trailer at a storage facility but it is relatively convenient to Danielle's office. We use our AS periodically during the winter so we just plug in a week or so before we plan to leave and that allows the batteries to be in good shape for the trip.

We leave the fridge open (when we are unplugged) to prevent mold/smell. We close the fridge and turn it on for the week or so while the batteries are returning to full charge before we leave for a trip. That way the fridge is cold and ready to go when we hook up to leave. We basically follow that pattern year round since we use the AS every 6 weeks or so on average.

I also plug in any time I am at the trailer for maintenance. For instance I recently spent the better part of an afternoon working on a toilet problem, performing general clean-up, etc.

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Old 11-29-2006, 01:58 PM   #17
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Hello all, as stated before, all kinds of good ideas! I have installed a battery disconnect in my trailers so I may stay plugged in, and not over charge the battery. This is also handy when camping with electric available. In the AS, mostly due to the location of the battery(under the front couch, so short cable lengths), I installed the switch in a postion accessable from the inside of the trailer, easy to switch on and off. It is also nice to be able to completey shut down the trailer without having to remove the battery cables.

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Old 11-29-2006, 02:13 PM   #18
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Why remove the battery if you leave the unit plugged in? I thought the convertor would keep it charged and if kept charged it does not have to be kept warm.

Second, what winter in Kiln, MS?
Chaplain Kent - I have removed the batteries out of my vehicles stored for the winter and put them in the shop on a shelf I have set up for trickle charging them. The first bunch of trailers we had did not have an internal charging system. Old habits die hard I guess with the trailers. I also have a problem with dead batteries if left in vehicles for some reason yet to be determined. My property backs onto a green strip that has major power lines feeding into the Vancouver area which may or may not be the cause, but when I remove them and charge them in the shop versus leave them in the cars and mower rather than in the vehicle and charge them there I over double their life span. I've had the local hydro provider who owns the lines out to check and my friend recently borrowed a monitor system from them and ran a check on his place and mine. Once he gets feedback from the hydro company we will know if that's what is killing our batteries (I'm not the only one - neighbours as well have similar issues).

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Old 11-29-2006, 02:21 PM   #19
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Ours is similar, but not for the winter season. We heat with wood in the house, so any power failure will only disrupt lights, the washing machine and our computers. We do, however, keep it ready to roll during fire season, especially June. We're both a bit weary of the flatlander goof-balls who come up here during that period, wanting to have themselves a nice campfire in the forest. "A bit weary" is too little. It scares the crap out of us.

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Lynn, I can sympathize. BC has a real problem with forest fires and we sold our cottage on a lake because we could no longer get fire insurance and it was in an area that has had frequent fires. It was sad but we just couldn't handle the emotion of hearing of another fire on the radio and then waiting it out to find out if our place had survived another one. It was a 9 hour drive so too far to bop up there every time something happened and was intended to be our retirement base. When my Mom was staying there we had a small trailer all set up and ready for hook up for her to get out if things got out of hand. Fortunately she never did have to use it but there was a few times where she had it hooked up and ready to go on a moments notice and that's what finally got her to move back to her home .

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Old 12-27-2015, 08:33 PM   #20
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I just leave my batteries in the RV, do all the winterizing 'stuff' that needs to be done, and leave it plugged into a dedicated house outlet. I also have a 'NOMA' timer on the cord, set for one hour a day, to keep the batteries up to snuff.
This has worked for at least 6 years; till this year, when I traded my 2015 25'FC, in for a 2016 30' FC. They are both in winter storage at CanAm Rv centre, and hopefully they have done their job right in storing them. I wonder about the batteries being left on their own; but I'll find out this coming spring, how they turned out.
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I remove my battery and then plug the trailer in for the winter. I have a small heater that I leave on that keeps the trailer to about 55 degrees. I do not have the fridge on = I turn it off, leave the door ajar, and put a package of baking soda in it. I unplug any other electrical devices so the only draw is the heater. We've been doing this with our trailers since 1969 and never had a problem both when we lived on the prairies and for the past 18 years on the wet coast.

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Barry,

Do you use the power supply to power the trailer outlets or did you run a cord in from the outside? I want to put one of those oil radiant heaters in my 27' but don't want to leave the trailer powered up the whole time. Anyone else snake a cord in from the outside??

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Barry,

Do you use the power supply to power the trailer outlets or did you run a cord in from the outside? I want to put one of those oil radiant heaters in my 27' but don't want to leave the trailer powered up the whole time. Anyone else snake a cord in from the outside??

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You can remove the batts and plug the trailer in to shore power. Just make sure the cables are not going to short out.

This is the first Winter I've left the batts in our Classic,(PITA to in/out 'em).
In the past they went in the basement on a smart charger.
I installed a switch on the LP alarm, plug the AS in to charge for a day, shut down and when the Lifeline AGM's get to 12.2v plug back in.
BTW it's on the pad at home so it's convenient to check when needed.

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Old 12-27-2016, 12:09 PM   #23
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Question, I purchase our first Airstream FC20. Live in Texas so not much freeze if any. I have found a covered parking for unit. How long can the AS with battery connected last before any issue comes. It will just sit for like 2 weeks at a time between uses? Would I need to find a location where I need to connect? First time buyer.
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if you dont take batteries out of AS, find the fuse for the LP gas detector and remove it. That will help keep batteries from draining down especially if you are not going to plug in a maintainer charger. make sure they are fully charged before storage time.

check the voltage every monthish and see what discharge rate is.. good batteries with no load will not "leak" down a lot over a couple months.

when you get in season hook up the onboard charger and let it do it thing. might be a good time to check the charge and make sure it a 4 level smart charger or at least a 3 level type..

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Question, I purchase our first Airstream FC20. Live in Texas so not much freeze if any. I have found a covered parking for unit. How long can the AS with battery connected last before any issue comes. It will just sit for like 2 weeks at a time between uses? Would I need to find a location where I need to connect? First time buyer.
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I keep AS plugged in year round 24/7 except when taking trailer out then plug in if elect. avble. In summer keep fridge on cold so some items can stay until next outing. My batteries last 5yrs plus only had 1 that lasted less than 6 mos. was bad at time of pur. I did this even w/old univolt now have 3 level convertor not invertor. I use deep cycle flooded acid bats. any brand. The usage I get doesn't justify exp. of other types. Never had one boil dry and negligent about checking fluid level.
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This seems like one of those timeless threads.

We keep our trailer plugged in when at home. Being north of the 45th parallel, nights are pretty long winter time. We like being able to turn on lights, heat, etc. when we go into the trailer off season.

We have a battery disconnect switch, so batteries are isolated from the coach and aren't drawn down by the propane leak detector, sony entertainment center, tank status display panel, etc. I used to track battery voltage daily to decide when to top off the batteries, but voltage drops off so slowly that an 8 hour charge every month seems good enough.

From late Spring to holidays we have the frig on so we have storage for extra beer, pop, ice, and, at holiday time, holiday treats. The rest of the time the frig is off with doors closed and pie pans full of baking soda in both freezer and refer compartments.
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