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securityman 08-22-2012 05:33 PM

Is it a bad idea to keep your trailer plugged up
I keep this xt-276 plugged in next to my garage , is that a bad idea , will it over charge the battery on it ?

Russ 08-22-2012 06:11 PM

Securityman: I keep mine plugged in all the time too.
You will not overcharge the battery and it saves having to unload and re-load the fridge all the time. Not to mention the mold and mildew that can gather in the fridge etc if you do not keep it cold all the time.

It also allows me to use the unit as a guesthouse when we have company over for the weekend!


LJAZ 08-22-2012 06:13 PM

It depends. What converter do you have? The newer WFCO models have a 'float' mode that's essentially a battery maintainer so you can leave it plugged in indefinitely. That's what I do.

Older models didn't have this feature and could overcharge the batteries.

RobS 08-22-2012 08:03 PM

I have a TT since 1992 and have always kept them plugged in all year round. I live in eastern PA and I leave plugged in all winter and I do not remove the battery in the winter either and never have had a problem.

securityman 08-22-2012 09:30 PM

OK , sounds good , so I should be fine right I got a 2013 xt 276 toy hauler , so I should have the new converter ?? I don't keep my refig. on its off with the doors cracked open to let air in , is it better just to leave it on all the time , I was scared if I did that , it might last that long , since these trailers are not really meant to be lived in all year leaving stuff like that on?? This is my 1st trailer so I am learning new things about them , and the right way to keep them working well.

LJAZ 08-23-2012 08:54 AM

If you have a 2013 model you should have the converter with the trickle charge mode, so just leave it plugged in. That will keep your battery fully charged for the next time your ready to go camping. Turn everything else off including the fridge. And leave it just as you have with the door cracked a bit.

Eagle 08-23-2012 09:50 AM

I have mine plugged in when home and let the converter 'float mode' keep the battery fully charged with the battery disconnect switch pulled out so the battery will take a charge.

I turn the frig off and used the little blue plastic clips that came with the unit to hold the frig & freezer doors open a bit so the air can ciruculate and no mold/smell develops.

It will go into a cold storage building this winter so I will remove the battery. The battery will go on a 'float charger' at home on so it's all charged and ready to re-install in the spring.

securityman 08-28-2012 07:24 PM

Hey eagle , yea I use the blue clips also , your lucky you got a indoor shelter for your rv!!!!

Eagle 08-29-2012 08:10 AM


Originally Posted by securityman
Hey eagle , yea I use the blue clips also , your lucky you got a indoor shelter for your rv!!!!

I did not want to let the unit outside all winter in the cold and snow. Yup, it snows here in the winter as acouple year ago, near 100 inches and the temps can often reach -20 or more.

My options were to purchase a cover and fill the driveway with the unit (great snow blocker causing insurmountable snow drifts) or rent space in a storage yard ($30 a month @ 1 year minimum) or lucky me ~ found an indoor cold storage building for $30 a month from Oct. to end of March. Not free inside storage but the cost was acceptable for the protection afforded in my opinion. :)

Russ 09-02-2012 08:09 AM

Eagle: Indoor storage for $30 bucks a month? Wow you are lucky.
If you can get indoor storage here it is over $150 a month for most units.

Thats an amazing deal.

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