I always unplug my '97 5er as the units appliances have just so many hours/duty cycles their designed to last or operate. However my unit sits in its shed out by the tractor barn so its easy for me to see to its needs 24/7.
If you notice many folks that say they leave them running have fairly new units. When you have a converter/LP fridge and other appliances go down while it sits plugged in (not camping) you have a different perspective of leaving it plugged in all the time.
"good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment" ............ Will Rogers
'03 2500 QC Dodge/Cummins HO 3.73 6 speed manual Jacobs Westach
'97 Park Avanue 28' 5er 11200 two slides
Over ten years on mine and I leave it pluged in. I leave the frig on full time with food in it. When not camping it is my office and when i decide to go camping it takes me approx 10 minutes to load medical stuff and another 10 minutes to hook up and be on the road.
The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.
Mine is on a timer, I give it power a few hours a night to keep the batteries charged. Cuts down on the electric bill at home, and if I need to be in it, moving the plug from the timer to the 50 amp socket takes 10 seconds.
If you have a single stage converter, and are not running much inside the RV, you might consider a Battery MINDer, either a 1A or 8A version. This will keep the jars topped off, and use very little power. If you have a multi-stage converter, probably your best bet would just to be to use that.
Thanks everyone for the great replies! I've monitored this thread over the last couple of days, but this is the first chance I've gotten to reply. I appreciate everybody's input.
I would imagine my new rig will have one of the 3 stage chargers some of you have talked about given the price and feature level of it. But, it will definitely be something I ask about at the PDI walk-thru.
Working off of that assumption, I'll probably leave it plugged in at least while it's inside the garage/condo and I don't have to worry as much about theft of the cord. At the point that we have to move it outside to the 15A service, I'll re-evaluate from there.
Rather than keep my converter powered up, I have a disconnect switch and a trickle charger that runs 24/7. I put a connector for it in the side of my storage box on the tongue and run a light extension cord to a standard outlet on my pole barn. This also saves exposure of my 30A cord to the sun and weather all winter.
2009 23' Cikira Escape EXP
2006 Ford Expedition
Reese Pro Series SC
Tekonsha Primus IQ HTT Mods
on our previous TT I installed solar on the roof to keep the 2 6volts charged between trips and over the winter. Worked great for storage and when we went to places with no hookups.
We had to move our storage with the new Pinnacle to a club members home where he has plenty of room in the back for us and another member. He has electric plug in available and will now take advantage of that little perk.