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Old 04-07-2016, 11:24 AM   #1
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When the trailer is sitting at home...

Hello, I just purchased a 2016 Rockwood 2905ws. We had a 2014 Vibe 308bhs before the Rockwood. I really like the Rockwood and can see how much better built it is compared to our old Vibe (my opinion of course and you know what they say about opinions!). My question is when I have the unit parked here at the house. I had a 30amp plug put on the side of my detached garage where the trailer is parked and plan on keeping it plugged in at all times. The Rockwood has an outdoor kitchen and the fridge is always on when I'm plugged in. There isn't a switch on the inside of the fridge to turn it off and since its bolted down I cant unplug it from behind. The fridge on the inside I can shut off of course, but I'm concerned with the outside fridge running all the time especially in a closed up area and with our Texas heat!

Options on fridge...
Don't leave trailer plugged in all the time
Unbolt and unplug fridge
Unbolt and add a strap of some sort for going down the road instead of having it bolted down
Don't worry about it and move on


I also have questions about the battery. Ive read keeping a unit plugged in all the time will cook the battery. Rockwoods come with a battery disconnect (Vibe... um no) and I was planning on just letting the battery charge for a day or two and then disconnecting the battery. Then a day or two before we head out camping reconnect the battery so it can charge. We only go camping one to two weekends a month. So I guess this could be managed as long as I remember.

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Old 04-07-2016, 11:27 AM   #2
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I hope that keeping a unit plugged in all the time doesn't cook the battery. I leave mine both plugged in all the time just to keep the battery charged.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:37 AM   #3
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Put a switch on the outside refrigerator. Should be able to locate the wire going to the outlet without unbolting it, or just unbolt it and install the switch. Shouldn't take much over an hour.
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A simpler solution is to just flip the circut breake that supplies the 120 vac to the fridge when yo want it off.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:40 AM   #5
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A simpler solution is to just flip the circut breake that supplies the 120 vac to the fridge when yo want it off.


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Old 04-07-2016, 11:44 AM   #6
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A simpler solution is to just flip the circut breake that supplies the 120 vac to the fridge when yo want it off.
There you go... someone is thinking! Great idea... I will have to give that a shot! I can just put a little paint on that breaker so I know which one it is when I get back home each time!

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A simpler solution is to just flip the circut breake that supplies the 120 vac to the fridge when yo want it off.
Would work unless the converter is on the same circuit.
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When I had the outdoor kitchen and fridge, the cold adjuster knob in the fridge was also the on/off switch when turned to the mark. Mine was bolted down as yours. Does yours have this?
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:52 AM   #9
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When I had the outdoor kitchen and fridge, the cold adjuster knob in the fridge was also the on/off switch when turned to the mark. Mine was bolted down as yours. Does yours have this?
No, and you think it would.

What about keeping the fridge door shut when the its off? I've always been told thats not a good thing. I cant keep it opened because the door to the kitchen itself.

How does everyone else deal with this?
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:57 AM   #10
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First off Fridge:

I would suggest installing a switch like OC recommended. You could either unbolt the fridge or look to see if there's an access panel from inside the trailer to behind the fridge (some people have found these).

If you do unbolt it, I'd recommend re-bolting it, not trying to strap it down.

Second, battery:

I thought most people plugged theirs in specifically to keep the battery topped off. If you're plugging it in all the time but not charging the battery then why plug it in?

From what I've learned on this forum, if you're worried about cooking the battery, you just need to make sure you have a 4-stage converter. I don't know what you got from the factory, but I'm sure plenty on here will have opinions on which one to replace it with (if needed)


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