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  1. Rogerdodge51

    Rogerdodge51

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    Hi folks, as a rank beginner just completing my first great year with a Bailey 745SE I am planning to soon put the truck to bed and head off to warmer climes until I start again next spring.

    If I leave the truck permanently connected to the house mains will it keep the vehicle and leisure batteries in good condition ? I asked the question on Baileys website but they ignored me :Sad: Perhaps it was too silly a question ? ANY responses gratefully received.
     
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    estcres Read Only Funster

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    I have always understood that for a batery to be maintained in a good condition it should be fully discharged and then recharged every now and then, could be I am incorrect in my understanding.

    On a personnel basis I would not want to leave my vehicle connected to the mains supply for any extended period.

    I know that people can be connected to an EHU for a long time when on sites but at the same time they are using the electrical items within their campers, therefore the batteries are doing some work.

    Is there no one who could pop in every now and then and run the engine for a while, say 30 mins or so, which at the same time as charging the batteries would circulate the waters and oils.

    Leaving an engine unrun for an extended period can do quite a bit of long term damage so I am led to believe.
     
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    Cant say if its right or not but i have left my vehicle connected to EHU in indoor storage for up to 9 months without any problems . I do ask the owner to start it once a month and move it a quarter turn to stop flat spots
     
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    Hi you can leave it connected without problem :thumb:Mine is on hook up 24/7 at home -your charger will keep your battery topped upin a maintaince mode :thumb:I also have a small ALDI/LIDL (£12 ish) type 3 way charger connected to the vehicle so that the alarm etc does not flatten the engine battery---you could always spend about £300/400 to have a posh Sterling type battery to battery charger that does more or less the same job (keeping both batterys charged):Wink:If you don't fancy either, then take batterys poss terminal off and leave it for 3/4 mths all will be ok :thumb:
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  6. motorhomelover

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    You can do this if you have a permanent float charger system
    If you did as you suggest you run thd risk of drying out your batteries
    Fit a marine charger. With recycle system

    Drain all water or you will get bursts pipes

    You could fit a plug timer so the power comes on for a set time every few days. Depending on the timer you get

    Hope this helps
     
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