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Old 07-24-2019, 10:11 AM   #1
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Residential Fridge in hot trailer

I have a residential fridge in my 5er. When we are not camping the fridge stays running, which is fine. My question is, should I leave the A/C on? Or is it OK to turn off the A/C when not camping and let the trailer get hot, making the Fridge work harder?
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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I have a residential fridge in my 5er. When we are not camping the fridge stays running, which is fine. My question is, should I leave the A/C on? Or is it OK to turn off the A/C when not camping and let the trailer get hot, making the Fridge work harder?
How hot does the trailer get when parked?

Personally I would never do that, make the fridge work harder, you’ll have to replace sooner....
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:42 AM   #3
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We have two fridges in the heat (ok so one of them is technically a freezer). One of them is in an outside room that's not cooled and the freezer is in the garage that's not cooled. They both run all the time and have been for years. Also the fridge in the RV (yeah, it's an RV fridge) runs all the time and we don't run the A/C when it's stored. So I don't worry about them being in the heat.
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:49 AM   #4
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Energy Star ratings, which are standard for all refrigerators are performed at 90 degrees ambient temperature. Sure it will get hot, but I doubt it will do much more than make it run a little more often.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:39 PM   #5
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How many soda machines sit outside, year around, at gas stations, rest areas, and Walmart, and they are nothing more than refrigerators.

I wouldn't worry about it.
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your fridge doesn't care...
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:58 PM   #7
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I use to work on residential refrigerators and one of the biggest problems was folks not cleaning the condenser. Keep it clean and you should be OK.
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Had a trailer with Res fridge and have a Fridge and Freezer in the garage... neither is air conditioned and all work fine.

Want to save on the power bill and not use the RV Res fridge for whatever reason. If you have long periods of camper non-use you can turn RV Fridge off, just keep doors open slightly so moisture doesn't collect and sour, defrost if necessary and wipe out any water.
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:23 PM   #9
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I turned my (not residential) frig on when I bought my rig. It was still on and running when I sold my rig, 10 years later.

My rig sat in the sun, just south of Houston, for 10 years. No shade. No cover. No AC.

I had a good reason for leaving it running: The dealer I bought my rig from said leaving it running is better for it than shutting it off when not in use. It will cost much more to repair an idled frig that it will to keep it running forever.
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I use to work on residential refrigerators and one of the biggest problems was folks not cleaning the condenser. Keep it clean and you should be OK.
A better question should be is how do they run in sub 0 weather... Right !!!
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A better question should be is how do they run in sub 0 weather... Right !!!
They don't!
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They don't!
Unless they have a heater !!!
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Unless they have a heater !!!
well, maybe but I have never seen one of those. Some have them in garages but the compressor won't heat it will only cool.
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well, maybe but I have never seen one of those. Some have them in garages but the compressor won't heat it will only cool.
Our Garage fridge has what they call a Garage Kit,,,
The first one we had died the first winter,,,
Lowes replaced it for FREE !!! Because it did not have a Garage Kit !!!
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Our Garage fridge has what they call a Garage Kit,,,
The first one we had died the first winter,,,
Lowes replaced it for FREE !!! Because it did not have a Garage Kit !!!
Wow! Live and learn. Who would have thought!
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Wow! Live and learn. Who would have thought!
May be different in FL hey ???
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My residential fridge stays on and the three ACs are set on 80 F.
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