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Old 10-13-2016, 03:24 PM   #1
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Keeping the batteries charged between outings

This question has likely been asked (and answered) a hundred time on this forum already, but...

What do you all do to keep your batteries properly charged between outings? Also, since the battery gets charged automatically when connected to shore power, can (and should) I just leaved the trailer plugged in all the time? I know enough to be dangerous here, like needing a charger that wont overcharge it, but that's about it.

Would appreciate your insights as always!
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Old 10-13-2016, 04:23 PM   #2
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Get a battery shut off switch of any kind and shut the battery and lp detector will drain it if it is left on. no need for battery to be on when not in use.....

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Old 10-13-2016, 04:42 PM   #3
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It depends on your storage arrangements.

Do you store it at a yard or at your home?

Is it possible to leave it plugged in all the time?

How good is your charger?

If you store it at a yard and can't plug it in, then you need a battery disconnect switch so you can shut off the power. Otherwise things like the smoke alarm, CO detector, and LP detector will drain the batteries through these "phantom draws".

If you are storing it at home and can leave it plugged in. By all means plug it in. You'll need to keep a closer eye on your batteries though. Hopefully you have a good multi-stage charger with a float charge setting. Otherwise a higher charge will boil the water off faster. Check your water levels once a month if you have it at home.
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Old 10-13-2016, 07:35 PM   #4
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I purchased mine at Camping World. I just posted my modification labeled : Battery shut off switch Modification
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:34 PM   #5
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If you leave it plugged in the converter should maintain the battery charge, you'll only need an extension cord with the dog bone adapter from 50/30 amp to 15.
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Old 10-15-2016, 06:54 PM   #6
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We just installed a battery disconnect switch. Cheap, easy to install, and a time/frustration saver. This is a dry fit, I siliconed the edges after, used 4 bolts/washers/nuts and it works like a charm!


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