RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Battery disconnect - can I still use my heat?

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers  >  General Q&A

 > Battery disconnect - can I still use my heat?

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next
Sponsored By:
edbehnke

North America (from Michigan)

Senior Member

Joined: 12/13/2006

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 12/31/18 06:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

if you have the trailer plugged in just leave the batteries connected. that way you will maintain their level of charge.

I guess I don't understand why you'd plug in and disconnect batteries, you will kill them if you don't maintain their charge over a long period.


eddie and sandie
3402 Montana 2013
2500HD

ScottyP5947

PNW

New Member

Joined: 05/01/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/31/18 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

HA ha - a little bit of both [emoticon]
Thanks
Scott

Beentherefixedthat

All 48 Mexico Canada and Alaska

Full Member

Joined: 10/24/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/31/18 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Let me add some nuance here, I agree with those that are for disconnecting your batteries but for a bit different reason:

While it is true that your converter SHOULD keep your batteries properly charrged this depends entirely on the quality and operating condition of your converter which I am sure is not known to you.

Therefore the most sensible thing to do is to disconnect.

I disconnect mine if I am parked for more than a week and always when stored which for me is rare since I full time.

ScottyP5947

PNW

New Member

Joined: 05/01/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/31/18 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

edbehnke wrote:

if you have the trailer plugged in just leave the batteries connected. that way you will maintain their level of charge.

I guess I don't understand why you'd plug in and disconnect batteries, you will kill them if you don't maintain their charge over a long period.


I get that it seems counterintuitive, I'm not planning on spending much time in there while it's winterized but for the odd occasion that I want to, I just want to make sure that the heat will still work if I disconnected the batteries.

Most battery advice tells you to disconnect the batteries when not in use for an extended time, so that's where I am thinking that I need to disconnect them.
A guy at the battery shop was saying that even a small draw on the battery will create a situation where it's charging all the time and that isn't best for the battery. I see plenty who leave them connected and have no issue either. [emoticon]
Thanks
Scott

drsteve

Michigan

Senior Member

Joined: 06/09/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/31/18 09:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As long as they are fully charged, you can disconnect them and leave them that way if you want. When it's cold, the self discharge rate is very low. The converter will run your furnace.


2006 Silverado 1500HD Crew Cab 2WD 6.0L 3.73 8600 GVWR
2018 Coachmen Catalina Legacy Edition 223RBS
1991 Palomino Filly PUP

scbwr

North Ridgeville, OH

Senior Member

Joined: 03/09/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 12/31/18 11:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check carefully the manual for your convertor and/or owner's manual. On either our Sunline trailer (2002) or our Winnebago Minnie (2014), the owner's manual clearly stated that the convertor shouldn't be operated without a battery connected to the system. That seems to contrary to what others have stated, but I suggest at least checking you manual(s) or contact the manufacturer.


2012 Newmar Bay Star 3302
Blue Ox Avail
BrakeBuddy Advantage
2015 Malibu

"Get busy living, or get busy dying."
Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

ScottyP5947

PNW

New Member

Joined: 05/01/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/31/18 12:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok thanks, I'll take that advice too. Then I can judge what kind of converter I actually have.
Scott

SoundGuy

S Ontario

Senior Member

Joined: 02/11/2015

View Profile



Posted: 12/31/18 12:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ScottyP5947 wrote:

Ok thanks, I'll take that advice too. Then I can judge what kind of converter I actually have.


Tell us just which converter you have and we can tell you whether the battery needs to be part of the circuit or not. As already mentioned any converter manufactured in at least the last 10 yrs can run your furnace just fine on it's own, it's only with much older converters which did require a battery to buffer the converter output that this would be a concern. These days that's not necessary.


2014 Coachmen Freedom Express 192RBS * 2003 Fleetwood Yuma
2008 K-Z Spree 240BH-LX * 2007 TrailCruiser C21RBH
2000 Fleetwood Santa Fe * 1998 Jayco 10UD * 1969 Coleman CT380

TurnThePage

North ID

Senior Member

Joined: 10/08/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/31/18 02:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

patperry2766 wrote:

Man cave or potential dog house?
Ironically, that's the name of mine!


2015 Ram 1500
2004 Pioneer 18T6

Huntindog

Phoenix AZ

Senior Member

Joined: 04/08/2002

View Profile



Posted: 12/31/18 02:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ScottG wrote:

Yes, assuming your converter is roughly ten years old or less.
Multi stage converters have been around a lot longer than that.
My 2001 wilderness (made in 2000) had a PD... The same one you can buy today.



Huntindog
100% boondocking
2010 Palomino Sabre 30 BHDS
84 gal. Grey. 84 gal. Black
2 bathrooms, no waiting
2011 Silverado CC DA big dually.



Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers  >  General Q&A

 > Battery disconnect - can I still use my heat?
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2019 CWI, Inc. © 2019 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS