Electric Hook Up At Home

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  1. terryandelaine

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    Is it okay to leave the van hooked up to the electric at home for long periods of time, ie a couple of weeks? I am sure I have read on here somewhere that it's not a good idea but can't find the thread again, or maybe I just imagined it.
    Hubby has had van hooked up for a week and I don't want to say wrong thing!
    Thanks
    Elaine
     
  2. Terry

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    Mine is on 24/7 when not being used --just keep a monthly check on Battery fluid levels (y)
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    I always have ours permanently hooked up at home - never had a problem.

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  4. terryandelaine

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    Brilliant, thank you.
     
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    If you were on site, away for a couple of weeks or more, what's the difference. (y)
     
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    Mine's been on EHU for almost two months and will be on for another three as we go to the US tomorrow. :D
     
  7. cmcardle75

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    Check if you've got a smart multi-stage charger before leaving on 24/7. Otherwise, you can wear the batteries and will need to spend time topping up.
     
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    Shame on you woman. Sneaking behind the back of He Who Must Be Obeyed and questioning his omnipotent judgement.

    Now that you have seen the error of your ways, repent on your sins and never do it again.
     
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    People leave their vans hooked up most of the year when on seasonal sites, not much difference to leaving it hooked up at home except you are paying for the electric.:)
     
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    I now have solar panels, so no longer use EHU at home.
    When on EHU the battery monitor showed a constant voltage of 13.7V and a charge current of 0.1A. That's into two 105AH batteries, I assumed the current was close to the internal discharge, so could be left connected indefinitely without damage to the batteries.
    Incidentally, my power monitor showed the EHU was taking about 8 Watts.
     
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    I leave mine on hook up 24/7 for the last 6 years but use a timer set at 3 hours per day never had a problem yet
     
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    Think it's necessary for some electric input when you have manufacturer engine immobiliser & any kind of fitted alarm that runs off the battery otherwise flat engine battery or security system might not work when you need it . We have ours on EHU when covered & not in use but just topped up off solar panel (with Battery Master) for the rest of the time. Know that there are covers on the market with clear roof sections that allow the solar panel to work but would have to be bespoke so just too much money! Not sure how much electricity trickle charging the battery on EHU uses though especially over the winter when hardly used - we left a greenhouse heater on in our caravan when not in use & although low wattage as it was on all the time it added up to an extra £50 on our electricity bill! The timer idea sounds good.
     
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    Think this must be the kind of thing I had read. Thank you for the information.
     
  14. terryandelaine

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    Ha ha. It pains me to say this but he is always right, so annoying!
     
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    So comforting.

    You can enjoy your little wifely duties without a care in the world.
     
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  16. cmcardle75

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    Charging at 13.7V is very slightly on the high side for a float. 13.5V would be more comfortable, but you'll probably be OK, especially if you keep an eye on water levels.
     
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    think the difference between leaving on at home rather than on site for long period is that on site you will be using the power so not just charging the battery but don't think it will do any harm and as said provided you keep a check on the battery then should be okay.
     
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