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Old 07-12-2016, 01:03 PM   #11
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Not to confuse the issue, but 😁

We leave ours plugged in with the settings at the highest temps with baking soda and non-perishables in it.
Why, you ask? We did the same with our park model fridge and it is still running strong after 12 years. Virtually everyone else that turned them off when they left died after 7-10 years.
Personally, I'll deal with a little energy charge versus chancing replacing a fridge in an RV.

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Old 07-12-2016, 01:45 PM   #12
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Important to make sure that your trailer is level if leaving on full time. Out of level can degrade the fridge's performance over time.

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Old 07-12-2016, 01:54 PM   #13
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My TT is plugged in, water on, refrig on and in use, making extra ice all the time, while it's in my driveway.
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Old 07-12-2016, 02:20 PM   #14
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After having a refrigerator system rebuilt, the person at the facility cautioned us on frequent shutdowns. He said that the tubs collect condensation even though they are "potted" in Styrofoam. This gives them a perfect environment to corrode and then leak as mine had. So, if we are not going to be going out again in the next several week or are not sure, we leave the refrigerator on. Otherwise if it's going to be, say, three weeks, we shut it off. The cost of having the unit rebuilt or a new replacement unit, will cost more than the electricity your refrigerator will use in the camper's lifetime!
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:43 PM   #15
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We leave our RV at the lake for use as a getaway when not on the road. Haven't turned off the frig in 6yrs. While leaving drinks and food items in the freezer and frig w/o a problem and no waiting for it to cool before putting more food in it for a trip. As to energy cost, couldn't be that much and well worth it because it makes the wife happy, very important.

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Old 07-12-2016, 03:57 PM   #16
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Our Lexi is parked next to our home, and when not on the road, is plugged in 24/7, 30 amp. Fridge stays on 27/7, except when stored for winter, Nov thru Feb.
Was told the same as previous member stated...constant on off on off is worse than leaving it on 24/7.
I also look at the full timers who are living in their rigs, and who have to run it 27/7 for looooong periods of time.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:02 PM   #17
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With my newer Dometic frig the light only comes on when the frig is turned on. You can leave door open other wise. Later RJD
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:01 AM   #19
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That's where I keep my extra beer cold.
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:43 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by EastlakeRoo View Post
If your emptying the fridge then you can keep it off. just prop open the door and put in some backing soda boxes to keep odors down. if you leave the fridge closed with nothing in it then there is possibility of mold starting. best to crack the door open to let air cycle thru it. We always have something in our fridge and leave it running as we are stationary at a campground with the electric plugged in.

To run a fridge with nothing in it doesn't make much sense to me...

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