Van on EHU or not?

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  1. Spottycatz

    Spottycatz Read Only Funster

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    Due to other travel plans :BigGrin: we're leaving the van on the driveway until October. So, do I leave it hooked up to the electric or not?
    Also, should I put the engine battery on a charger for drip feeding?

    Any other 'long term standing' tips would be great.

    Thanks in advance. :thumb:
     
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    A Solar panel will keep the batteries topped up, if a prolonged dull spell then plug it into the mains, Fiats can be very power hungry when parked up.
    Also remember to keep fridge and cupboard doors open to allow air to circulate.
     
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    If you leave the motive battery on charge, make sure that the charger is an automatic one which cannot overcook your battery, but will allow compensation to power your anti theft alarms etc.:thumb:
     
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    We live in Orkney...................it's always dull. :cry:
     
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    jack vehicle off its wheels to prevent flat spots and cover tyres to prevent sun damage. lots on mouse traps mouse bait etc etc etc
     
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    In addition to the other advice..

    For that length of time (5 months ?) I would remove both engine and house batteries.. ensure they were fully charged, and store in the shed or house ..
    downside is no vehicle alarm.. but would any hear it and if they did so ..do anything about it ? It's hard to nick a van with no battery..

    You could also store cushions indoors..
     
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    Can't get the leisure batteries out! They are under the front seats and it's a major job!! Been there done that, won't EVER do it again. However, could I just disconnect all the batteries and leave in situ?
     
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    steve plug it in and go and enjoy yaself all will be well mate :Smile:
     
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    yes.. disconnect the earth (negative) strap(s)

    don't forget you will need the radio code when you reconnect..
     
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    Leave all internal doors open and bed and cushions proped up a bit to let air flow around
    Start it up for 15 min every week or so to given engine a whirl and top things up
    It ain't as though you have to walk far easy :thumb:

    Unless you are not going to be there
     
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    depends on where the OP is on holiday .... for 5 months ..
     
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    Oops see edit
     
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    If you are away for a long time and leave your van on hook up ... several months ... would it damage the battery and if so, why? Would it not automatically cut off when the battery reaches max charge?
     
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    Ehu

    Agree with that have great time
    Janice & Alan
     
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    yes, it should.. but 5 months is a long time to leave anything to it's own devices...

    what happens if the charger develops a fault and overheats the batteries.. overheated batteries can catch fire.. fire burns motorhomes.. big time..

    Insurance man turns up.. sorry mate, not paying out, you left it plugged in and unattended..

    Anyone thinking on doing this should check with their insurance company first .. personally I wouldn't .. even if covered, .. think of the grief if it burns to the ground.. .
     
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    Our caravan is always plugged in at home, fridge on,, has been for years unless on holiday, had big problems with fridge with first van, and we were advised to keep on EHU even when not being used, neighbours now have followed suit.

    My MH is plugged in if I am not going out that day.
     
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