Plug in

domburg

Free Member
Oct 29, 2013
17
8
cheltenham
Funster No
28,795
MH
A Class
Exp
im a newbie
Collecting first van next week should I or is it best to keep it plugged into the mains when not using it:Doh:
 
Jul 25, 2010
314
357
Hampshire
Funster No
12,816
MH
A class
Exp
Since 2009
Collecting first van next week should I or is it best to keep it plugged into the mains when not using it:Doh:

We keep ours on charge during the week at home, comes off charge on a Thursday for the weekend in a field somewhere!
We have done this with all our vans we have had, don't know if it's correct, but it is right for us ::bigsmile:
 
Jun 8, 2012
1,587
1,633
Reading
Funster No
21,386
MH
Riot Van Conversion
Exp
Since 2012
Collecting first van next week should I or is it best to keep it plugged into the mains when not using it:Doh:

Keeping it plugged in is fine, provided it is supplied with a decent smart charger.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

crimbo

Free Member
Aug 5, 2013
25
8
Hampshire
Funster No
27,344
MH
C Class
Exp
"I`m a newbie"
I use a couple of small solar panel trickle chargers when mines parked up for long periods, one for the vehicle battery and one for the hab batt, works fine for me and I haven't had a flat battery yet :thumb:
 

TheBig1

LIFE MEMBER
Nov 27, 2011
14,590
28,164
Dorset
Funster No
19,048
MH
A class
Exp
many many years! since I was a kid
smart chargers have only been standard fit on new vans for a couple of years, and even now not all have them. what a smart charger does is measures the charge in the battery and cuts the charge current until the charge drops again. standard chargers tend to just pump out a constant current. this can damage batteries long term if just left plugged in for weeks or months at a time. this damage results in batteries that appear charged but dont provide the rated ah so go flat quickly

if you do plug in at home, switch the charger on for a few days every other week. battery charge needs to be used to exercise the battery's ability to work. if youre constantly hooked up, you wont use the battery, just the charger to power lights etc

as for leaving heating on, its not truly neccessary in the summer, but i put a small oil filled radiator in in the winter to keep it aired. using the vans inbuilt heater for weeks or months on end will result in premature failure of the elements. more expensive to replace than an oil filled radiator and more expensive to run too
 
Top