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Old 04-15-2013, 09:26 PM   #11
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My dealer said leave the refrigerator off when stored. His concern was stress on the electric heating element. He even when to so far as to suggest using propane on startup to initially cool the unit down first to limit stress on the element.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:07 PM   #12
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I've heard what PapaSmurf mentioned before. Been years ago, but I think that may be one of the reasons we've always left ours on. People seem to have success either way, but I'm sticking with leaving it on. Like PapaSmurf, there are times we just up and say, lets go, and it's ready.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:12 PM   #13
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We keep ours on 6 mos. a year basically. Seasonal.
Is there anything "technical" I should know?
I almost dread the answer as I just swam upsteam through purchasing a surge protector.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:23 PM   #14
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Starting in about '02 or '03 through at least 2010 there have been numerous recalls on various models of Dometic and Norcold refrigerators due to fire hazard. For this reason alone I personally wouldn't leave my fridge on for days at time while I was away. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:25 PM   #15
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We're only away when we go to work. We commute from our CG. We have pets we dearly love. Well, I love the puppy, not the bird...but that's a different discussion. LOL
What should I do? Good Heavens, a fire could kill people.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:34 PM   #16
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We're only away when we go to work. We commute from our CG. We have pets we dearly love. Well, I love the puppy, not the bird...but that's a different discussion. LOL
What should I do?
Leave the fridge on, pet the dog, open a window for the bird.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:35 PM   #17
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Guess, number one, check into the recall. Thanks. Sometimes I get lazy and don't use my own common sense.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:05 PM   #18
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When we first started (Aug '12), we turned it off after each trip. We travel at least once per month.

That was ok, but it was a pain to remember to leave the fridge door cracked otherwise you get mildew.

The bigger pain was cleaning the mildew. Twice.

After seeing similar threads, I decided to give the whole "leave it on" thing a try.

Total breeze. I can also stock the fridge as I think of it, and not try to pack/organize/think of meals/get meals/pack in fridge the day before.

I think the best advice is - either way won't damage your stuff, so choose what fits you best. For us and camping so frequently - this just works.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:35 PM   #19
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I've got 30Amp power at my house that I use when we're getting ready to go on a trip and when we get back to run the fridge, lights, and A\C if needed. I usually turn our fridge on a couple days before we go on a trip so it can get cold and we can take food out to the camper as we think about it. I store my camper in my dad's warehouse to keep it out of the weather and I have not installed a 30amp receptacle in there yet to keep it plugged up all the time.
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