refridgerator on/off ? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-07-2007, 09:36 AM   #1
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Is it better to let "fridge" continue to run and keep cool while in short time storage, say 1-2 months, or shut it down ? I've heard some some people do & some don"t. Which is better for the unit?

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Old 04-07-2007, 10:23 AM   #2
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I have done it both ways in the past. I assume you store your trailer level, as if it were in a campsite?

  • Easier to just pack & go, eliminates need to remember to pre-chill.
  • Some items can remain stored cold in the fridge.
  • reduces worries of odors from mold & mildew
  • If plugged in to electric, is converter also boiling the battery dry, killing it?
  • If electric is not available at storage site, increased propane costs and risks.
  • Constantly running fridge might wear out faster?
Right now I leave it off. I learned, after boiling one battery dry, that I can disengage the converter at the circuit breaker panel while leaving the fridge's breaker on. However, Running an extension cord to the trailer became a logistical problem, and I don't want to run the propane.

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Old 04-07-2007, 10:32 AM   #3
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Running the fridge a few times a year should be sufficient to keep it problem free. Letting it sit for years on end will cause problems as surely as running it off-level.

Letting it sit for several months at a time without use shouldn't be any problem though.

I have a cord run to ours, and we use it all summer as extra cold food storage; especially for family get-togethers and such... but it sits all winter in storage without hurting anything.

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Old 04-07-2007, 01:59 PM   #4
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If it's off, don't forget to leave it ajar a bit. I found out the hard way not to leave it off and closed up .
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