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Old 11-03-2014, 06:46 AM   #1
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I own a 2014 Winnebago Journey 40U. According to the manual "Do not leave the shoreline plugged in during storage", what is the difference between being park in a rv resort down south or being plugged in to an outlet in my pole barn for the winter?
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:03 AM   #2
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I own a 2014 Winnebago Journey 40U. According to the manual "Do not leave the shoreline plugged in during storage", what is the difference between being park in a rv resort down south or being plugged in to an outlet in my pole barn for the winter?
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IMO there is no reason not to "leave the shoreline plugged in during storage".
My coach has been plugged in to shore power 24/7 while storage for 17 Wisconsin winters.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:10 AM   #3
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I would assume the difference is when stored it is unattended, and things could go wrong. When full timing, someone is there to notice any problems.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:13 AM   #4
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There are several differences:
First: YOU, in a campground you are frequently present if there should develop an issue you may well be there in time to deal with it before it becomes a very serious incident.

What is a very serious incident: Well, fire for one.

Second: Rodents, are often present in storage and seem to like the flavor of insulation, so they gnaw on it, shorting the wiring and causing a serious incident in many cases. (FIRE).

Third: In days of old when folks were bold the most common converter was a Magnetek 6300 which if left plugged in full time boiled the batteries dry rather swiftly.

Today many RV's come with good 3-stage converters that boil the batteries to the point where you need to add distilled water in about a year... (Based on experience)

However your coach maker put that warning in long time ago and refuses to remove it.

When I Wintered in MI (Stored) I kept my rig plugged in full time, but in fairness I was in it at least once a day most days due to my radios being in the RV.
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It'll probably be warmer down south? Just kidding, actually I think the fire hazard or something else possibly going wrong and nobody there to see it is the main reason.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:55 PM   #6
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Easy.. Listening to my Ham Radio this AM, folks back in MI were well below Freezing.. Being stuck, as I am, in Southern GA.. no freezing.. Not all that hot, but no freezing. (like 39 this AM) not even cold enough to light up my water hose (that takes 35).
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we leave ours plugged in even after I winterize it. Speaking from experience, make sure your inverter is turned off, I forgot a few years ago and had to replace all 6 batteries.
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we leave ours plugged in even after I winterize it. Speaking from experience, make sure your inverter is turned off, I forgot a few years ago and had to replace all 6 batteries.
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you have a built in "automatic 3 stage charger" and IF the charger settings are correct, you will not ruin your batteries even if/when plugged in for months.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:37 PM   #9
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On a recent trip with our 2004 the converter/charger side of the inverter/charger failed. There was smoke and the system shut down. And a nasty bruning smell. I don't know if it could/would have resulted in fire if we had not been in the RV but I guess that's a possibility. I called the company (Demensions) and they said to go ahead and use the inverter side but to turn off the charging side. We did that and completed our trip and sent the inverter back to the factory. I think if I were storing for a good period of time I'd not leave it plugged in but that's just me.
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