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Old 12-05-2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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Do you keep the refrigerator on or off? We kept the one in our last tt on all the time because we had it plugged in at home all the time without any problems. With our 30sk and slides in the kitchen I read that keeping therefrigerator on is NOT a good idea while plugged in at home.Sometimes our slides are in and sometimes we keep them out with cold drinks in the fridge. Whatdaya think?...Don't want to cause any damage...
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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We leave ours on for the camping/traveling season. It's plugged into land power also.

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Old 12-05-2009, 12:31 PM   #3
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I leave mine on all the time while at home. My last trailer was 5 years old when I sold it. The fridge still looked like new.

It gets real hot in the Texas summers, and with trailers that I did not leave running, after a few years the interior of the fridge would start to discolor and the plastic would start to distort.

Think about how refrigerators at home can last for years, while many rv refrigerators have to be replaced around the 8 year mark. They are very expensive!

I would really be interested in hearing why a manufacturer would suggest turning unit off when not using.


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Old 12-05-2009, 02:10 PM   #4
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I leave mine on until November or when winterized and than turn it of and defrost it and wait for March.I usually have some ice buildup in the freezer and it needs defrosted anyway.
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:11 AM   #5
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We've never had an issue with leaving the fridge on with the slide closed on out CF30SK. The one thing that we make sure of, is that the trailer is level front to back.
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:34 AM   #6
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Every RV I have owned for the last 20 yrs, I have turned the frig off after every trip, removed all the food and left the doors open. I turn in on 24 hrs before each trip. Never had a problem. Guess I don't see the value in consuming more electricity with no benefit.



More recently, in the last few years with the issue of frig. fires I see even less reason to leave it on. Just before Christmas last year, the neighbor's motorhome was destroyed due to a frig. fire. They believed in leaving it on all the time even though they used it only a couple times each year. They were also upside down on their loan due to the economy so it was a financial loss as well. It took them 10 months to get everything resolved and they now have a truck and fiver instead. I doubt they still leave the frig. on all the time. In one respect, they were lucky, they were at home and the MH was not close to the house or other structures, so no other damage. In my case, the RV port is attached to the garage and then the house and I'm in a rural area, if I was gone for a few hours, then everything could burn. Why risk it.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:38 AM   #7
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Every RV I have owned for the last 20 yrs, I have turned the frig off after every trip, removed all the food and left the doors open. I turn in on 24 hrs before each trip. Never had a problem. Guess I don't see the value in consuming more electricity with no benefit.

More recently, in the last few years with the issue of frig. fires I see even less reason to leave it on. Just before Christmas last year, the neighbor's motorhome was destroyed due to a frig. fire. They believed in leaving it on all the time even though they used it only a couple times each year. They were also upside down on their loan due to the economy so it was a financial loss as well. It took them 10 months to get everything resolved and they now have a truck and fiver instead. I doubt they still leave the frig. on all the time. In one respect, they were lucky, they were at home and the MH was not close to the house or other structures, so no other damage. In my case, the RV port is attached to the garage and then the house and I'm in a rural area, if I was gone for a few hours, then everything could burn. Why risk it.


you make some very good points. i only turn mine off when my trailer is winterized. next season i think i'll turn it off when we are not using it. one year i had it plugged in at home and i had a problem with my previous outlet. (i've since installed a 30 amp outlet)it tripped and i did'nt know it so it switched to propane and emptied one tank.
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We leave ours on. It is plugged in to shore power at home so it pretty much stays on all the time. It is actually off right now because it needed defrosted but it will be turned back on in the next day or so. 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. Mine is 24 years old and still going strong but it was never turned off for more than a few hours at a time. I knew a lot of people who turned theirs off in the summers and they did not last. May not be "apples to apples" but it is all I have to base it on.

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Like Dayle1, we turn our frig off after every trip. Is there an argument for leaving it on? Does something where out from repetitive on/off cycles?

Our previous 5er was a 1975 "Me Too" and the fridge was always turned off after each use and it was still working fine after 30 years.
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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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