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Old 12-07-2009, 12:08 AM   #11
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It seems like refers that are turned off end up not restarting because oflocked up compressors. I am basing a lot of this on the little "college" refrigerators.
There is no compressor in an RV frig. so that is a non issue.






There ya' go! I am basing my decision on "junk science". What are the "moving parts" in the rv refer?

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Old 12-07-2009, 12:12 AM   #12
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Is there an argument for leaving it on? Does something where out from repetitive on/off cycles?


Seems like if there was an issue with repetitive on/off cycles, owners would not want to store their RVs in storage lots lacking shore power, or even the entire RV concept of it being an occasional use item.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:16 AM   #13
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It seems like refers that are turned off end up not restarting because of¬*locked up compressors.¬* I am basing a lot of this on the little "college" refrigerators.
There is no compressor in an RV frig. so that is a non issue.




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There ya' go!¬* I am basing my decision on "junk science".¬* What are the "moving parts" in the rv refer?

Lonnie


There are no moving parts in an RV frig. unless you have one of those aux. fans. Heat converts the ammonia (sp) liquid to gas and it expands thru the pipes, that is about all I know.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:34 AM   #14
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Dayle's right, no moving parts in an RV frig. It's all heat and heat exchange. The heat generator is your propane flame or electric heating element.

I have read many pro's and cons on leaving RV frig's on or off. There doesn't seem to be any cosensus on which is the better method. It seems the average life span of an RVfrig is somewhere in the 9-11 year range if you use it fairly often.



I know several full time RV'ers who have their refers on all the time and their failure rate falls right into that 9-11 year range. My personel experience includes a Dometic refer failing (ammonia leak) at 9 years. I always turn mine off when I am not using it.

So given that I can see no advantageto leaving it on and a few minor disadvantages as listed above, I still turn mine off when not in use.We use the Cruiser about 5-6 months per year.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:30 AM   #15
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Off for me too...Keeping it off means we will never forget that we left something in there (and one less thing to draw electric while plugged in).



I have also heard that it does not impact the life span but my own logic stills says that if it isn't on, it can't break (and shouldlast longer)...
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