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Old 06-28-2016, 09:39 AM   #11
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Dometic recommends to NOT run fridge for extended periods without use "fyi"

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without use . guess if it's on your using it . keeping it stocked i'm sure is what they want so it's not empty space being cooled .

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Old 06-28-2016, 02:28 PM   #12
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We started ours in April and it is still running and will be until we shut it off in the winter.

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Old 06-28-2016, 02:50 PM   #13
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We run our 24/7 during camping season. Once we're home from our last trip, I empty it, turn it off, clean it down, and prop it open. When we use to leave it on year round, we left meat it the freezer one winter, and for some reason, I don't remember, it got turned off. Not good!
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:52 PM   #14
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Our last one ran for 10 years only being shut off when it was being defrosted. The new one has been running since we got it except once during defrosting.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:55 PM   #15
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We run ours constantly for 4 to5 months each winter with no issues except frost build up. I'm sure Dometic is referring to running with no load. Keeping all that empty space cold is difficult.


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Old 06-28-2016, 02:57 PM   #16
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:00 PM   #17
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Bought my first RV with a frig in the 70s, first year Itasca made a coach. Have had RV's continuously ever since. I've never turned a RV fridge off after driving, or pulling, out of the dealer's lot. Wife uses it for an extra frig when need arises. Also, I keep cold beer out there, just in case. Would add that we're generally camping every couple of weeks, and sometimes out for weeks on end.
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:02 PM   #18
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We used to only run ours for a few days before/after a trip and unload it, turn it off between trips.

Now that we are retired we never unload it, never turn it off. Our 'between trip' times are much smaller now *subtle brag*

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Old 06-28-2016, 05:37 PM   #19
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This is apples and oranges but I pulled a Norcold out of a very old abandoned camper in 2000 and it ran on 120 VAC in my garage until about 6 months ago when it failed catastrophically. If Dometic says no extended running, perhaps they are letting us know that their units are not built as tough?
What fails to release the coolant? Is it usually a failed weld or does a tube just burst?
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:54 PM   #20
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We dewinterize the motorhome when Canadian spring hits and stock the fridge. After each trip we plug it in and restock anything used ready to go again. We've done it this way in 5 different units over 35 years without problems.


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