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Old 06-04-2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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Hi All -

I had my trailer in for some warranty work (unrelated to this topic). While it was in, I mentioned in passing to the service manager at my dealer that my trailer is plugged in all the time (I have RV parking at my house). He said he would not recommend continuing this practice, as it is "hard on the converter". Instead he recommended plugging my fridge in directly to 110V (via the outside access panel) and keeping a charger on the battery. The main reason I leave the RV plugged in is to maintain the fridge, as we don't empty the fridge between our regular weekend trips/holidays.

I'm not sure that I really believe this; does anyone else have any thoughts?
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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I leave mine plugged in all the time. I believe most that have that option do as well.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:45 AM   #3
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Wow, never heard the question OR the response. I really wonder about the advice since there are many people here that camp very full time and I would imagine stay plugged in all the time. I know I would not hesitate to stay plugged in if possible so I will be checking back to see some responses.
Good question.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:51 AM   #4
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Hi All -

I had my trailer in for some warranty work (unrelated to this topic). While it was in, I mentioned in passing to the service manager at my dealer that my trailer is plugged in all the time (I have RV parking at my house). He said he would not recommend continuing this practice, as it is "hard on the converter". Instead he recommended plugging my fridge in directly to 110V (via the outside access panel) and keeping a charger on the battery. The main reason I leave the RV plugged in is to maintain the fridge, as we don't empty the fridge between our regular weekend trips/holidays.

I'm not sure that I really believe this; does anyone else have any thoughts?

Seems odd since your fridge is 110v and the converter has nothing to do with the 110 to the fridge. Totally separate lines.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:55 AM   #5
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His argument was that leaving the RV plugged in all the time and running 110V through the converter (battery charging and other small loads when not in use) is unnecessary work for the converter. By plugging the fridge in directly, the fridge would still operate, but there would be no power going into the converter.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:37 AM   #6
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His argument was that leaving the RV plugged in all the time and running 110V through the converter (battery charging and other small loads when not in use) is unnecessary work for the converter. By plugging the fridge in directly, the fridge would still operate, but there would be no power going into the converter.


Seems the risk your going to burn up a heavy duty converter at low voltages is negligible, but if your the kinda person that unplugs all your home electronics and turns down the water heater when you go on vacation, guess it makes sense.

Be good to hear from some folks that seasonal camp their trailer (leaving it plugged in) and find out how many folks lost a converter.

I personally only had one where the unit somehow came unplugged behind the wall.


They do charge an arm and a leg for those converters though.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:13 AM   #7
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Nonsense. We leave our unit plugged in from April to October. The converter does see some load, but I can't imagine it is significant.

Battery charge circuitry will stop charging battery once it is full. I suppose leaving a bunch of 12V lights or devices would be bad, but we have left unit plugged in like that for years.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:10 AM   #8
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I also leave our unit plugged in all time when it is parked between trips, first I have ever heard of this.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:32 PM   #9
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Don't forget to vote in the poll. It's at the beginning of this thread.

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:31 PM   #10
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I don't leave it plugged in, never have even thou we do have the capability to do so.
There was some stories here on the forum awhile back about fires starting.
I don't remember all the particulars.
Hopefully Larry Day will see this thread and respond cause I believe was the one that had that info.
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