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Old 11-06-2015, 07:08 AM   #1
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Does it hurt anything to leave your trailer on shore power while parked at the house?
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:14 AM   #2
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we have been doing that for the last couple of years, seems to be fine
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:57 AM   #3
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We do it all the time as well.
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:37 AM   #4
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Does it hurt anything to leave your trailer on shore power while parked at the house?
Most converters, including my WCCO brand, have 3 different charge levels. High, medium, and maintainer.
If the batteries are fully charged, the converter will only "top off" the batteries. Still a good idea to check the water level periodically.
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:45 AM   #5
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We keep ours plugged in at storage and have never had a problem.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:42 AM   #6
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Always plugged in.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:04 AM   #7
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A few years back, there was instances reported of fire starting in the fridge area of campers that were plugged in and unattended. In fact I seen a video of one being consumed in flames.

Myself, the unit isn't plugged in unless we plan to stock, and use it.
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Old 11-06-2015, 01:58 PM   #8
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Ours stays plugged in, but fridge is off and doors propped open slightly...no problems...
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:15 PM   #9
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I am in Lloyds camp. We use a battery tender which also controls sulfation. Have also installed battery disconnect to eliminate 12 volt power draw. I check water levels often.
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Old 11-06-2015, 04:19 PM   #10
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thanks for the info everyone. Do you'll also leave your slides out?
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Old 11-06-2015, 04:24 PM   #11
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You are in a southern climate but I would still close slides when stored.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:12 PM   #12
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Plugged in, refer off with doors open, water tank and water heater drained. I also turn the water heater circuit breaker off to prevent accidently hitting the wrong switch on the master panel and burning out the element. But most important is to frequently check water level in the battery, if it gets too low both battery and converter can be damaged and there is a definite fire potential. I leave the slides open, but then my unit is stored inside. For outside storage I would leave the slides closed, better for the seals and any slide toppers.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:38 PM   #13
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Normally we do, and this is only because it is easier to get around inside the trailer that way.
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:49 AM   #14
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You are in a southern climate but I would still close slides when stored.
I left a 2006 Holiday Rambler open for a couple of years in western NC and found rot in the subfloors of all 3 slides when I traded it. Now I don't like having the slides open on a cloudy day.
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:57 AM   #15
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Our trailer is parked at home for no more than two months at a time as we use it a lot. When we go to Florida it is parked for three months or more, and of course we have the slides open then as we are living in it. I cannot see how this could cause a problem.

If you leave a trailer for a couple of years, you are probably not checking the caulking, and this could cause water damage as caulking deteriorates and needs to be attended to on a regular basis. We check ours twice a year, top to bottom, front to back and touch up where needed.
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I always leave mine plugged in and Fridge off and open. I'd never heard of the fire problem, but now I'm starting to second guess leaving it plugged in all the time. But then again, how about full-timers. They basically have it plugged in all the time.
Have to do a bit of research.

have to admit I didn't even think about checking the water level in the battery. I didn't even think batteries needed to have water added to them any longer, I thought they were all sealed. Gotta check it!
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I always leave mine plugged in and Fridge off and open. I'd never heard of the fire problem, but now I'm starting to second guess leaving it plugged in all the time. But then again, how about full-timers. They basically have it plugged in all the time.
Have to do a bit of research.

have to admit I didn't even think about checking the water level in the battery. I didn't even think batteries needed to have water added to them any longer, I thought they were all sealed. Gotta check it!
Nope, most deep cell batteries are not sealed and converters will burn off the water. Then the battery develops a short, I've experienced batteries so hot you had to use gloves to get them out of the RV before they cracked and dumped battery acid everywhere. Or the converter will fail due to the constant high load from a shorted battery and the risk of the converter causing a fire. Full-timers are more likely to check the battery level than someone that just parks their rig and forgets about it for months. Finally, some people that use RVs as their primary home, just disconnect the battery and then the converter is putting out 'dirty' DC voltage that is too high, just shortens the life of DC appliances and lights.
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Old 11-07-2015, 01:01 PM   #18
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Again IMHO this is a personal choice that you feel comfortable with, and also what climate you store your rv in. Larry has pointed out something very important. Checking the battery is a very important part of maintenance of a rv and should be done on a regular basis.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:14 PM   #19
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Plugged in and slide out until dead of winter. I put slide in when I winterize but remains plugged in.
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:54 PM   #20
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Although Brenda and I use our coach on a regular basis I bring my slides in, readjust the leveling system, at least once a month in addition to running the air conditioners and other items for lubrication. Paid for it years ago and a habit I continue.
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