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Old 03-18-2021, 05:23 AM   #1
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Plugging in all the time

We have a 2017 AS Interstate and are newbys
Our AS is in covered storage with all the power turned off. We have it plugged in but I am wondering if we should be plugged in all the time? Would that have any effect on battery life over time?
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Old 03-18-2021, 05:51 AM   #2
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Airstream Interstate Motorhome Thread

You might get a more-focused audience in the Sprinter and B-van forum IMO:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f240/

. . . plus there are a variety of battery use threads there already.

I have added the headline above, and the bold comment below, in hopes that the replies here will be on-topic for your specific unit. Recent motorhome threads have wandered off-topic fairly dramatically IMO.

Welcome to the forum, Josie, and good luck!



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Old 07-24-2021, 07:18 PM   #3
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I keep mine plugged in all the time.
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Old 07-25-2021, 02:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-25-2021, 03:40 PM   #5
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Hi

Yes, keeping it plugged in all the time will impact your battery life. Better to disconnect both sets of batteries when in long term storage. If storage is < 1 week, don't worry a lot about it, just make sure everything is turned off. For storage > 1 week and < months, plugging in for a few hours a week is a pretty good idea. A 7 day timer can help do this for you ....

The gotcha is that (depending on how. your van is set up) this does very little for the chassis battery. If you do not already have some sort of trickle charger on the chassis, adding one for storage isn't a bad idea.

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Ours is in the side yard and is plugged in all the time.
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