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lanerd

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We store our mh from November thru mid May. I have it connected to a 30amp outlet and I turn my inverter "off" by pushing the Inverter on/off button. The 30amps easily keeps all my batteries charged...however, my built-in charger only charges the house batteries so I had to buy and install a device called a Trik-L-Start that connects the house batteries to the chassis batteries and keep all six batteries fully charged. My house batteries (4-6v) require that I check and add water every couple of months. The chassis batteries (2-12v)re sealed and do not require any maintenance at all. I usually keep a couple of overhead lights on in the coach but turn off the 12v switch by the entry door. This allows me to flip that switch to turn on/off those lights. I leave both battery switches "on" in the battery compartment.

For your information... the "inverter" inverts 12vdc to 120vac. While in storage your coach doesn't need 120v so if you have an "inverter" button on your control panel....turn it "off".

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I have a solar panel and check batteries (both chassis and coach) monthly. Add water and/or additional charge as necessary. I also drive my Coach about 15 mi to exercise every 4-6 weeks.


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If you have Solar Panels and live in SNOW country, you will have to keep the snow off if you want them to keep the batteries charged. As stated earlier, If you have a three stage battery charger in your converter or an Inverter with a three stage battery charger, keep it plugged in.


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Plug it in to maintain the house batteries. This may not maintain the chassis battery depending upon how it's set up and there are various options for this. Most likely your charger is at least an adequate 3 stage unit.

You'll also need to winterize the rig for freezing temps - VERY IMPORTANT.


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Congrats on your new purchase. Here is what I do. My diesel pusher has been in indoor storage (not heated) since November. While in storage, I disconnect the battery bank from the coach and I do not connect the RV to any other power source. What I will do is take the RV out for a run on the highway once a month to charge the batteries and put other coach systems and the Cummins through their paces. I try to run for a minimum of an hour. This has worked well for me and the batteries do just fine. Of note, I do have AGM batteries which may offer a few advantages over the conventional types.

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