October 25, 2016
I am traveling short trips at this point in my 177SE about once a month. The trailer is hooked up to 120 in between trips and I leave the original equipment converter / inverter on in order to keep the battery charged for the next trip. Is this prematurely wearing out the inverter – should I use an aftermarket maintenance unit to keep the battery charged. It is convenient to leave the 177 hooked up to power and the system on so that I can easily go in and out if necessary
Please advise if you have any comments
June 25, 2016
From my understanding leaving it plugged in 24/7 will only affect your battery. I have not heard or read any reports about its effecting the inverter. With that said though I know a couple people who leave there trailers plugged in 24/7 and their batteries are going on 4+ years. So its hard to say what leaving it plugged in will do.
Something to keep in mind is that someone may choose to live out of their Retro and they would have it plugged in at all times.
October 25, 2016
March 3, 2017
This is something we have been talking about as we are one week out (from tomorrow) from picking our trailer up (We leave Saturday!). I do not have power near where we will plan to keep our trailer on the side of the house. What do you guys think? Run an extension chord or hard wire an outlet? Should I do an outlet set up for 30 amp? I plan on talking with the dealer about this when they coach me up on the 181B we are getting but I figured I would throw it out there for your thoughts.
September 24, 2016
IMHO running an extension cord from a 20amp circuit will work fine to keep your rig charged. I also have a 4 prong 50amp available within a few feet of my 177se and use a 30amp reducer if I want the air conditioning on in summer as we use our Retro for sleeping in when we have guests. If it is easy to hardwire in a 30amp that would be great.
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