Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-27-2016, 07:42 PM   #1
Member
 
172av8r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Chelmsford, MA
Posts: 88
Running Fridge for extended length of time.

With my old, aged camper, I would take it out for 2-3 day weekends. I would start the fridge on, say, Thursday. Use it all weekend. Unload it Sunday and shut the fridge off (even though I have shore power available in the driveway).

Now, with my new Roo, I'm getting ready for a lengthy, 9 night trip. I got the fridge going on Sunday so I could start stocking it up to be ready for departure on Friday. Part of me was feeling like maybe I shouldn't be running it for such a long spell. (because I never have)

So I got to thinking.. what do others do? When you return from a trip do you leave stuff in the fridge, and keep it running, ready for the next trip? Or do you do as I do and unload it after each trip and shut it off?

Lastly, Which is better for the fridge? Leaving it running with fewer starts and stops? Or shutting off after each trip, yielding less overall run time?

(obviously our home fridges run 24/7 for years... but I assume RV fridges are a different beast)
__________________

__________________
2013 Rockwood Roo 23SS
2005 Toyota Tundra 4x4 4.7L V8
172av8r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2016, 07:54 PM   #2
Georgia Frog Rally 2018
 
aceinspp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: GA
Posts: 10,653
Quote:
Originally Posted by 172av8r View Post
With my old, aged camper, I would take it out for 2-3 day weekends. I would start the fridge on, say, Thursday. Use it all weekend. Unload it Sunday and shut the fridge off (even though I have shore power available in the driveway).

Now, with my new Roo, I'm getting ready for a lengthy, 9 night trip. I got the fridge going on Sunday so I could start stocking it up to be ready for departure on Friday. Part of me was feeling like maybe I shouldn't be running it for such a long spell. (because I never have)

So I got to thinking.. what do others do? When you return from a trip do you leave stuff in the fridge, and keep it running, ready for the next trip? Or do you do as I do and unload it after each trip and shut it off?

Lastly, Which is better for the fridge? Leaving it running with fewer starts and stops? Or shutting off after each trip, yielding less overall run time?

(obviously our home fridges run 24/7 for years... but I assume RV fridges are a different beast)
Not much different running an rv refrig than at home its your choice. I start mine up couple of days prior to leaving and some time gone for two weeks..Get home unload turn off but not necessary but I do. Later RJD
__________________

__________________
2015 35 FT V-Lite 30WRLIKS Diamond Package
2015 Chevy 2500 6.0 4:10 gearing.
Days camped in 2016 58
Days camped so far 2017 62
aceinspp is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2016, 08:01 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
frankrizzo78's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Southey, Saskatchewan
Posts: 12
Let it run. Some people live in their rv all summer. My parents have theirs run likely 6 months if the year.
__________________
frankrizzo78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2016, 08:20 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
SeaDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Idaho
Posts: 3,416
I know of no cautions about the length of time a fridge can run as long as it is kept in a fairly level position if you are stationary.
__________________
Retired Navy
Jake my sidekick (yellow Lab)
2017 RAM 2500 CC 4X4 Cummins Diesel
2016 Flagstaff 26 FKWS
AF&AM of Idaho
SeaDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2016, 08:37 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
northstar1960's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: in my new 29hfsxlr
Posts: 1,658
Quote:
Originally Posted by 172av8r View Post
With my old, aged camper, I would take it out for 2-3 day weekends. I would start the fridge on, say, Thursday. Use it all weekend. Unload it Sunday and shut the fridge off (even though I have shore power available in the driveway).

Now, with my new Roo, I'm getting ready for a lengthy, 9 night trip. I got the fridge going on Sunday so I could start stocking it up to be ready for departure on Friday. Part of me was feeling like maybe I shouldn't be running it for such a long spell. (because I never have)

So I got to thinking.. what do others do? When you return from a trip do you leave stuff in the fridge, and keep it running, ready for the next trip? Or do you do as I do and unload it after each trip and shut it off?

Lastly, Which is better for the fridge? Leaving it running with fewer starts and stops? Or shutting off after each trip, yielding less overall run time?

(obviously our home fridges run 24/7 for years... but I assume RV fridges are a different beast)
nope you can run your rv fridge 24/7/365 mine has been going non stop for 14 months .
__________________
northstar1960 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 07:33 AM   #6
Prime Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 1,934
Quote:
Originally Posted by northstar1960 View Post
nope you can run your rv fridge 24/7/365 mine has been going non stop for 14 months .
Do you turn yours off on Feb 29?
__________________

2016 Coachmen Freedom Express Liberty Edition 310BHDS
2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6L V8 Duramax
Husky weight distribution hitch with sway control
timfromma is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 07:58 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Stormrider151's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South East
Posts: 915
I start mine 2 days before a trip and unload it when I return and shut it down. But my trips are few and far between because DW still works. On the other hand I have a buddy that started his when brought the trailer home and it's still running. That's where he store's his beer. Never has had a problem.
__________________
Retired Fire Dept Battalion Chief
2016 Ever-Lite 232RBS
2012 F150 FX4 W/Max tow & Ecoboost

Getting old ain't for wimps!!!
Stormrider151 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 08:02 AM   #8
Engineer of Crazy Train
 
ChooChooMan74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tiverton, RI
Posts: 1,559
I start mine up for the first trip, shut it down when I winterize. I keep the fridge stocked, because with my job, we go on spur of the moment camping trips, when time off becomes available. Less to pack.
__________________
TV - 2015 Ram Truck EcoDiesel
TV - 2006 Jeep Liberty Turbo Diesel (Retired to Daily Driver)
TT - 2015 Rockwood Roo 183
Locomotive Engineer
Nights Camping --- 2015 - 19 Camped | Winterized -- 2014 -18
Come read my Camping Blogs
ChooChooMan74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 09:12 AM   #9
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Dometic recommends to NOT run fridge for extended periods without use "fyi"

Sent from my SCH-R530U using Tapatalk
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 09:34 AM   #10
Pickin' & Campin'
 
5picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Western PA
Posts: 4,998
I suppose the key word is 'extended'

The only downside I would see to leaving it on would be ice build up (defrost) and wasting energy. (while on but not being used) All contingent on being level.

I have a 'take out' RV refrigerator that I once left on for over a year and it continued to work perfectly fine. I only turned it off to defrost as the ice had built up thick.
While I don't use it continuous any longer, I still use it for emergencies (no power) and hunting.
__________________

__________________
_________________________________________
2016 Flagstaff 8529IKBS Diamond Package 5th Wheel
2017 Ford F-Series SCREW 4x4
TST Tire Monitor w/Repeater - Sinemate 3500w Gen.
Days Camped: '15=22 '16=46 '17=30
5picker is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fridge

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:24 PM.