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  1. combi

    combi Read Only Funster

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    Hi
    Me again !!! Just a very quick question - when my van is parked at home should I leave connected to the mains or just let it charge via the solar panels ?
    Thanks to everyone for their kind replies to my questions.
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    I hardly ever go on hook up and let the Solar panels do their job and charge all the batteries including the starter battery. After all, they were designed to do just that!
     
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    We always leave ours on hook up for a maintenance charge to be maintained.

    Then again, we don't have solar panels!!!:Smile:

    Be green and let your panels do the work!
     
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    depends on the type of onboard charger fitted..

    a standard charger.....turn it on every 2 or 3 weeks for a day.
    can overcharge the battery and boil it dry if left on indefinately.

    a smart charger...leave it on full time if you want.
    only puts in what the battery needs.

    solar panels should keep it charged as you arent using any power at home.

    check the battery electrolyte level from time to time and top up with de-ionized (distilled) water if needed...not tap water !
     
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    I also had solar panels fitted and in winter months I have the van on hook up with timer which comes on between 7pm to 5am and I leave an oil fire heater connected on 1kw setting. and and do not do any winter precautions except empty the fresh/ waste tanks, no hook up from April onwards
     
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    Just to be different I dont have solar panels and I dont bother with hookup at home either. If Im going on a trip where there is no hookup I might plug it in for a few hours before we go. That and the drive to where ever I am going charges the battery. If I am going to a CL with hookup I dont bother plugging in before we go as there is no need.

    Hasnt seemed to cause a problem so far.
     
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    We usually put ours on prior to going away just to get the fridge up to (down to!) temp. And always leave fridge door open when it's switched off so you don't get mould.
    Wyn
     
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    Just to be different, No 2 .. :Wink:

    Never had solar panels, never needed them .. and at home, I always left mine on hook up 24/7 .. and the fridge 'on'.. ready for the 'off' at a moments notice..

    never had a battery problem ..

    but as papajohn said, if you plan to do this do check you have a multistage charger otherwise you will boil the battery(s) dry.
     
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