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Old 08-29-2007, 08:38 PM   #1
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Shore Power for long periods

So I've plugged the van in to an outlet outside the house now and I've got the fantastic fan pulling and a small 12v fan running inside to mix things up.

How long can/should I leave the van plugged in?

Is it ok to just leave the fans on an the van plugged in for long periods?
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:52 PM   #2
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Jage,
I typically leave my unit plugged in all the time when it is parked at the house. I have been doing it for three years and haven’t had any problems doing so.


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Old 08-30-2007, 08:17 AM   #3
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If I have an inverter, anything special I should do if I want to leave it plugged in for long periods?

I'm still figuring everything out about my rig, just wish that I wasn't so busy with work so I could mess around with it more right now.

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Old 08-30-2007, 10:53 AM   #4
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I have the tripp-lite inverter/charger, I usually leave it in charge only mode. In fact I only turn it to inverter mode when I actually need to ( to make that pot of coffee in the morning).

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Old 08-30-2007, 01:00 PM   #5
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Mine is only plugged into a 15 amp circuit at the house and I had to set the panel to power share at 15 amps instead of 30... this means that if I am pulling, say, 20 amps out of the van instead of tripping the house circuit the Invertor will pick up 5 amps. I'm not clear on whether the invertor has to be "on" for this or not, but it's like the one thing I remember about the Invertor and shore power so I thought I'd share!
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:20 PM   #6
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Heheh.. I kept tripping my dedicated 15a outlet until I got my inverter set up correctly too. I keep the van plugged in when it's parked, but that will change when I get the solar on.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:00 PM   #7
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Jage, I usually keep my van plugged into a 20 amp source but upgraded my 15 foot #8 str copper power cord to the heaviest plug (standard 3 wire socket/plug) to charge and run a cheap window fan when it is real hot just to keep the inside from baking. I tried to run the Starcool and it pulls the voltage down too far. I Plan to run a heavy 50 amp run to where the van sits. When I get the box set I plan to change one end of the power cord to a 30 amp plug. Hopefully I will be able to run the air just enough to keep it about 90 inside when dealing with these 100+ days. BTW don't plug in the cord under any load or the arcing can cause problems. I am using a heavy duty GFI to turn it off and on but plan to put a breaker inside the box I set. Also SMB said I did not have to turn on my inverter to charge and said there was some other charge set up in the van. I don't think so. It seems the only charge I get is from the pro sine converter set to charge or the solar array.
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