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Old 04-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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Refrig on or off?

Sorry if this has been discussed... I have my hard wired shore power project done (with a GE 50/30/20 amp box) for the coach, so if you had 24/7 shore power would you leave the refrig on all the time or shut it down between trips? Any reasons not to leave the coach always powered and "hot"?

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Old 04-14-2013, 02:46 PM   #2
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I leave my camper plugged in 24/7 while at home.
I dont leave my fridge going unless I need it.
Just the way I do it.


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Old 04-14-2013, 02:54 PM   #3
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Most RV refrigerators do not have self defrost capability, so by keeping it on all the time it may decrease the space avail for those pizza rolls. It may be best to turn the refrig off when not using for some time to let the ice melt, keeping the cooling more efficient as well as helping to keep the odors at bay. A few days before your trip, turn the fridge back on to cool it for your supplies.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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Most RV refrigerators do not have self defrost capability, so by keeping it on all the time it may decrease the space avail for those pizza rolls. It may be best to turn the refrig off when not using for some time to let the ice melt, keeping the cooling more efficient as well as helping to keep the odors at bay. A few days before your trip, turn the fridge back on to cool it for your supplies.
Lol I was thinking breaded cauliflower !
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:02 PM   #5
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Leave mine on from the day I buy the RV to the day I sell it, whether on shore power, generator power or gas. With the exception of occasional defrosting. Never had a glitch with any of them. We use the MH all the time, so it doesn't pay to turn it off.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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We keep ours off but will turn it on night b4 a trip or early morning day of trip if we are leaving later. For me the only reason why is why run up the electic bill if we are not using it..
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:55 AM   #7
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We leave our unit running all the time.....the important thing is to make sure it is level.....our fridge is on the side....so front to rear never more than 1/2 bubble....also try to keep side to side 1/2 bubble.....but not as critical for me as front to rear....if fridge in front or rear then side to side probably more critical than front to rear....we also seem to always have something in fridge too...with freezer stocked and ready to go....so can just take stuff out of house fridge and go......
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:40 AM   #8
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I leave the trailer powered up 24/7 (except when towing), and leave the fridge running 24/7. There is numerous discussion on here, and in the RV world in general, about leaving the fridges running. The common theme is the anti-corrosion material in the ammonia will settle and harden if you power down the fridge for long periods. Thus when you power up the fridge it break free plug the pipes and cause a blow-out (much like a blood clot). Having said that, there will be many responses from people who claim they have never had a problem. So it is hard to get a definitive answer one way or the other. The settled anti-corrosive material makes complete sense to me, so I leave mine running to prevent problems... I have close friends on both sides of the debate as well. Some do, some don't, (although the do's outnumber the don'ts) they both report never having a problem.

I store the trailer at home, I have power, I use it to my advantage. I leave the camper fully stocked and ready to roll at a moments notice. Makes for some fun, last minute getaways without having to wait for the fridge to cool down.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:49 PM   #9
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Never thought about leaving it plugged in all the time with the frig on. I guess you in leave your battery switch on all the time when plugged in?
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I leave the trailer powered up 24/7 (except when towing), and leave the fridge running 24/7. There is numerous discussion on here, and in the RV world in general, about leaving the fridges running. The common theme is the anti-corrosion material in the ammonia will settle and harden if you power down the fridge for long periods. Thus when you power up the fridge it break free plug the pipes and cause a blow-out (much like a blood clot). Having said that, there will be many responses from people who claim they have never had a problem. So it is hard to get a definitive answer one way or the other. The settled anti-corrosive material makes complete sense to me, so I leave mine running to prevent problems... I have close friends on both sides of the debate as well. Some do, some don't, (although the do's outnumber the don'ts) they both report never having a problem.

I store the trailer at home, I have power, I use it to my advantage. I leave the camper fully stocked and ready to roll at a moments notice. Makes for some fun, last minute getaways without having to wait for the fridge to cool down.

Hmmm...I've never heard of that one.

I leave mine off when in storage and even when traveling.
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